I have been occupying my time with the following...
This is a lecture course on DVDs....McWhorter is great. This company, The Teaching Company, has great college level courses...
This book talks about how to listen to music....there are music examples online and downloadable with a really neat viewer that scrolls the score by as you listenAll You Have to Do is Listen: Music from the Inside Out (
by Rob Kapilow
Kapilow helps readers become great listeners, based on his belief that the core of great listening has less to do with facts and far more to do with our ability to pay attention, listen closely, and notice. He shows how to listen to music from the inside out: from the composer's point of view, about all the things in a piece of music that composers want you to hear but that are so often missed. He gives readers a non-traditional listening toolbox filled with ideas and suggestions that will help enrich the reader's musical experiences. Each chapter explores a single often seemingly simple concept drawn from everyday experience designed to help readers think about and hear music differently.
The book is organized like a piece of music, introducing topics as they arise in listening to a composition from beginning to end, so that the focus gradually widens as the book progresses: from idea, to phrase, to section, to movement.
...and reading this little fluff book...i did learn why our modern English developed from the east Midland dialect of English.Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling
by David WolmanRighting the Mother Tongue
tells the cockamamie story of English spelling. When did ghost acquire its silent 'h'? Will cyberspace kill the one in rhubarb? And was it really rocket scientists who invented spell-check?
Seeking to untangle the twisted story of English spelling, David Wolman takes us on a wordly adventure from English battlefields to Google headquarters. Along the way, he pickets with spelling reformers outside the national spelling bee, visits the town in Belgium, not England, where the first English books were printed, and takes a road-trip with the boss at Merriam-Webster Inc. The journey is punctuated by spelling battles waged by the likes of Samuel Johnson, Noah Webster, Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Carnegie and the members of today's Simplified Spelling Society.
Rich with history, pop culture, curiosity and humor, Righting the Mother Tongue explores how English spelling came to be, traces efforts to mend the code and imagines the shape of tomorrow's words.