One thing led to another this evening, and before I knew it, I was listening to the Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You." This, in turn, led to a web search for info on two of the men behind the Partridge Family's music, Wes Farrell and Tony Romeo. Romeo wrote a hit for the Cowsills before writing several songs for the Partridge Family, including "Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque."
He died in 1995. I'm amazed, and a little dismayed, that I can't find more info about him on the web.
I finished chapter 5 (of 7) in this self-paced programmed music theory book. A lot of it is review of things I learned in piano lessons; I've been really happy to discover that I remember the major scales as well as I do. I did learn the functional names of the various chords: tonic, supertonic, mediant, subdominant, dominant, submediant, leading, and then back to tonic.
I have another programmed music course when I'm finished with this one. I'd like to supplement these things with Practica Musica exercises.
This was a fast read.
Somehow the marketing - probably more for the movie than the book - led me to expect something funnier. The official Amazon review gets it right - "harrowing" is more like it. There were certainly some funny moments, and some wonderful turns of phrase, and I really liked the portrayal of the author, with his love of all things shiny. I suppose I can forgive the marketers - if I hadn't thought "funny", I might not have picked it up (after all, don't I have enough depressing stuff to read?), but that definitely isn't my overall impression of the book.
Stopped by a garage sale yesterday and saw a few books stacked on the sidewalk. The nice young lady said they were two for a dollar - a fine price - so I started digging through them in earnest.
I came away with:
Running with Scissors
A Prayer for Owen Meany
The Practice of Philosophy: A Handbook for Beginners (Rosenberg)
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (Michael Chabon)
This evening I found the International Music Score Library Project. I was looking for info on the themes in Bach's cello suites, read the Wikipedia page on the Cello Suites, and clicked the link on over to the IMSLP.
I am so thrilled by the resources available on the web. I'm just beginning to learn about Bach's music, and having the scores handy is such a gift.
Wow. What a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Her description of assembling new hives is utterly delightful, especially the last paragraph.
And I loved this:
The only time I ever believed that I knew all there was to know about beekeeping was the first year I was keeping them. Every year since I've known less and less and have accepted the humbling truth that bees know more about making honey than I do.
Happened by a garage sale today given by a young woman with some tastes fairly similar to mine, apparently. I picked up Rousseau's Confessions, On Liberty by John Stuart Mill, An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth by Bertrand Russell, and Composicion - Proceso y sÃntesis, textbook and workbook, all for $2.50.