November 21, 2013
Learning and Links...
You know what I love most about my guitar lessons? It's not the playing, although obviously I love that, and after two lessons I have already picked up some tips that have improved my technique. It's learning about music. The language and structure of music. Learning how chords are built, and the structure they take on. Learning the notes that are in each key. I've been a singer all my life, and I know how to read music, but I never learned to understand it. I never took instrument lessons and therefore was never forced to practice scales and build each chord one note at a time. That's why I've never been able to advance beyond "beginner" at piano or guitar. I'm going back to do this now, and I'm so excited to be doing it. Learning is fun.
I'm enjoying a nice, if quiet, week. Lots of time at school - tomorrow I will spend the morning doing experiments and observations with cranberries with Aaron's first grade class (and I can't wait!). Lots of time thinking about next week - the menu is pretty much set although I want to ask Kevin his opinion on a couple sides. Lots of time reading, exercising, cleaning, errands, and doing all the other tasks that make up a lot of my days. I find I am content with this little life of mine.
Here are a few other things I've run across this week...
One of the best ads I've ever seen. I never go into Toys 'R Us. I did once, many years ago, and I was so saddened by the "pink" aisle and the "everything else" aisles. I will never go back.
Are you right-brained or left-brained? A quick and interesting quiz. I'm not sure I agree with the results, though. It says I'm right-brained, and I've always thought of myself as more of a left-brained person. (Even though we all know that's a bunch of crap anyway.)
Yet another of my favorite classic albums turns 20. This time, it's Belly's Star. This is an interview with Tanya Donelly, who remains a fave.
The busy trap. Another good article reminding us that it's more important to experience and ruminate about life than it is to stay busy all the time.
A great holiday dessert recipe - spiced pumpkin pie with candied hazelnuts and eggnog cream. I keep shaking my head…how have I never made eggnog whipped cream before? It sounds fabulous!