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September 2012
September 28, 2012

“The world needs all kinds of minds.” Temple Grandin

"The world needs all kinds of minds."  Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is one of those people who truly illustrates the principle:  Not everybody learns the same way!  I’ve watched this lecture at least four times, and I invite you to her challenge to look at the world a bit differently. Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy. If you […]

September 25, 2012

A George Gershwin Birthday Party!!

Happy Birthday George Gershwin! One of America’s most prolific and creative composers! Celebrate with birthday treats of his day, a couple of fun stories about him, and listen/watch samples of his work.   Birthday party menu:   When George was turning 1o in 1908, he probably enjoyed brownies made with Hershey’s chocolate syrup A Hershey’s chocolate bar banana […]

September 24, 2012

Just For Fun: Rockelbel’s Canon (Pachelbel’s Canon in D) or Not What You Would Expect at a Wedding!

The Piano Guys are at it again! Enjoy! Rockelbel’s Canon (Pachelbel’s Canon in D)    

September 21, 2012

“I’m supposed to practice my instrument, but what am I really supposed to do?

Even the most accomplished, talented musician in the world has to practice!  Hard to imagine, isn’t it, but these top-notch people wouldn’t be as wonderful to listen to as they are apart from all their plain, old hard work. One such celebrated artist is Wynton Marsalis, one of the world’s most accomplished trumpet players.  He […]

September 20, 2012

Sound stuff: Composers Create Differently

Have you all visited my Facebook page, Tea With Music?  On that page you’ll notice how I put up clips of different styles of music composed by different composers of different eras.  You might says to yourself, “Well, I just don’t like classical music.” Or “It just sounds like a bunch of notes; I really don’t […]

September 17, 2012

Music to Honor Those Who Served: Fanfare for the Common Man

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the US Constitution.   Have your ever read this defining document of the government of your country? (Follow the link above to read.)  To honor those of our country’s men and women who have laid down their lives to defend their country and our constitution, have a listen to Aaron […]

September 8, 2012

Music and Tea Party for Children: Cat and Mouse Theme

We had many tea parties at our house as our children were growing up.  We would sometimes simply take our lunch and dress it up a bit, or we would stop and take a break!  The T. S. Eliott poems were favorites by the time our Heather was age 10, but I can’t remember when we […]

September 4, 2012

And you thought that you were tone deaf….

The enthusiastic conductor Benjamin Zander here conducting the Boston Philharmonic.   “There is one minimum requirement for the potentially intelligent listener.  He must be able to recognize a melody when he hears it.  If there is such a thing as being tone-deaf, then it suggests the inability to recognize a tune…..But if you feel confident that […]