Just a quick heads up on my latest article on iPadInsight.com. It’s about a keyboard case for the iPad and how such a thing is great for text entry with a tablet. If this interests you it can be viewed here:
Long time, no blog.
Very sorry about that. This long cold snowy winter has put me into a very mild and prolonged depression that has made me horribly lazy. I just haven’t wanted to write at all and have instead been parked contentedly on the couch with my iPad Air while watching TV most days. With the seeming break in the weather recently I have started snapping out of this and hopefully I will get back to blogging on a near daily basis. Continue reading
I’m going to copy and paste another writer’s “The Origin of Santa” because it is the best timeline of events that I have ever seen compiled. I stumbled on this while reading reactions to Fox New’s assertion that Santa was white and that Jesus was white, both assertions being patently ridiculous. Both were native Middle Eastern and clearly must have had dark brown skin. Many of the Christian values people embrace today are good values, but as could be seen on Fox News the white supremacist agenda overlaid on these values is just plain wrong. What follows is the historic account of where Santa Claus really came from.
If you follow what interests you at present then you will always be interested and interesting. If you always pursue what makes you happy at present then you will always be happy. Continue reading
I can’t do this. The gulf between the way the author puts things and the way I already understand them is too wide to be worth the effort for me to continue. Repeatedly I read a passage and puzzle and struggle for an undue amount of time only to discover that what I am reading is something I already understand so well that it is a part of me. Ultimately I believe that it is not the fault of the author and it is not my fault, but rather that in a very real sense we speak two different languages.
I will provide a couple examples of english language usage that non-musical types can more easily relate to, namely the Harry Potter books and the King James version of the Bible. Continue reading
It’s almost like A Tale of Two Cities. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .” — Charles Dickens. There was confusion, and then there was clarity.
OK. The Composer/Arranger is a difficult book which to my eye is for what I’d call an advanced educated musician (or I am rather stunted). But where the opening of the book changed topics and perspectives at rapid pace, here in the ensuing pages about melody while the author makes frequent references to clarification in later parts of the book he does stay on point. And they are very good points indeed.
Let’s talk about melody, and in the larger sense talk about creative construction in general. Continue reading
Oh boy. Major problems trying to understand what is going on here after reading the first 21 pages. It feels like the author is trying to say everything at once in a rather disorganized manner jumping wildly from topic to topic and intellectualizing and abstracting what should be rather simple ideas about overall form. Add to that British terms like “quaver” instead of eighth note and “crochet” instead of quarter note and the level of difficulty in reading is further increased. While I do indeed understand every sentence, this jumping around all over the place and the confusing diagrams that only the author could love make for a tedious read (I do understand the diagrams but they don’t really work as intended). I’m 7% through and honestly don’t want to continue even though the subject matter is something I am very much interested in.
Let me take a stab at describing “form” while describing poetry and see if I can do a decent job of it. This is bound to be a lot harder than it seems. Continue reading