New Listenings

Here’s some great stuff that I’ve heard recently:

This piece just reminded me that no matter how much classical music I listen to, there will always be more to discover that will simply dazzle me. It’s a great big wonderful world out there, and this lusciously moving track carries a feeling that doesn’t soon fade. I need to get more into Dvorak.


A student recommended this one, and it’s great, isn’t it? Lots to pick apart in here.

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“Bad” Done Good

I’ve been motivating myself to grade papers lately by finding instrumental covers of great songs to listen to while I work. Here are three good ones for the U2 classic “Bad.”



Big Search Engine Is Watching

Before I could post my Edgar Allan Poe audio on YouTube recently, since it was over 15 minutes long, it made me provide my cell number so they could send me a confirmation code.  In my haste to have this project done, I complied. Only afterwards did I wonder what difference it made if my video was over 15 minutes, or why it mattered if I could be reached via text, and how the two were so related in YouTube’s mind that the latter added legitimacy to the former. 

Then, in a moment of cold, dawning horror worthy of the Poe story I was trying to share, it hit me:

  • Google owns YouTube.
  • There is no good reason for them to request my cell number other than to simply have it.
  • Now, Google knows my cell phone number.

*Sigh*  I look forward to getting text messages from Google, as well as everybody else they sell my number to.