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Each day in class, we write for 10-15 minutes. Today I asked: Should billionaires like Musk and Branson spend their money on space flight/exploration? Most said yes, but for reasons like, “It’s their money,” or “We should explore space.” Only two of 45 students led the discussion somewhere else. Earlier today on a NPR show, Carolyn C. Porco, planetary scientist partly… Read more →
It’s cold already. Not even every leaf is down. There can be songs that remind us of that. Songs that remind us of the beginnings of things.
Aaron Copland – Appalachian Spring Full Orchestra
It’s not spring. But it is this. Copland’s movement for full orchestra screams “beginning.” Works for fall too. Maple sap rising and falling means not only that the summer has ended, but that Fall has begun. Fall is as good as summer.
Sigur Rós – Dauðalogn
For fall, I’d like to have a song that feels vulnerable and blooming. Like a flower, and you can smell it’s sweetness. Famous choral group The Sixteen sing on this.
Jean Sibelius – Valse Triste
Nothing like a little Finnish music to open the next six months of wind, rain, sleet, snow, fires and wine.
Guns N’ Roses – November Rain
Jean Sibelius – Finlandia
More Sibelius. It’s fall.
The La’s – Come in Come Out