Category Archives: Making a whole new thing

Art Tatum — If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

Thanks to gullivior again for the You Tube Art Tatum recorded this in 1943. As usual, he makes it sound so easy. Ha. Ha.  Art Tatum’s main musical influence was Fats Waller and Fats Waller’s main musical influence was James … Continue reading

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The Swingin’ Years: History comes alive

  Chuck Cecil has been doing his Swingin’ Years program since 1956.  The Swingin’ Years was a long time feature of KFI AM Radio in Los Angeles. He did  shows in the studio and remote broadcasts from Disneyland, Anaheim,  where … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Fats Waller and Art Tatum

Tonight, I’m featuring a comparison between two versions of the song, Georgia On My Mind.  The same song played by Fats Waller and then by Art Tatum. Art Tatum was blind.  He  played piano exclusively by ear, and what an … Continue reading

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Children Learning on their own

  On a happier note, this is an old story now, but I think it bears repeating.  In this linked article from some years ago by Nicholas Negroponte, he writes about children in Ethiopia who were given tablet computers to … Continue reading

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You Tube: the shop classes of the future.

I think You Tube will  play a  huge role in teaching the shop classes and the trades over the next decade.  I’ll let the videos speak for themselves.  The first video  is about replacing a stuck Moen shower faucet cartridge … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Learning: How a Sixteen Year Old High School Student designed and built his own wooden home on wheels for $12,000.

As they used to say on Monty Python, “And now for something completely different.” I wanted to write about something else as a break between techniques for learning languages. I saw this article  at Off Grid World while looking for something … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Learning: More on Dr. Kató Lomb

Dr. Lomb in Polyglot asks the question, why should we learn languages?  She answers: “… because languages are the only thing worth knowing even poorly. ”  She gives examples of the dangers of playing a violin or practicing medicine poorly.  She … Continue reading

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Do it Yourself Learning: Dr. Kató Lomb, the Polyglot and learning second languages

  Dr.  Kató Lomb (1909-2003) studied languages later in her life than usual.  Yet, she became the world’s most multilingual woman, learning to interpret and translate in 16 different languages at her peak.    In school and college, she did … Continue reading

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Learning the Piano: the incredible power of Midi and the Fourth of July

Synthesia is not the only MIDI based software program for reproducing or recording piano notes on a computer. There are much older programs that have been composing music professionally for some time. Roland Sound Canvas is one of those programs. … Continue reading

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Learning the Piano: Combining the Old With the New with Synthesia

When I was on Facebook, I posted this video on what would have been my mother’s 103rd birthday.  It is from an old piano roll of the 1920’s popular song, Whispering.  It was one of her early favorites.  The piano … Continue reading

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