I watch my students
click and decide
if I am a good teacher.
My voice is now silent,
so I try to stir them using only my mind
(but I don’t see anything happening).
I think about what I did
and what I didn’t
and wish I had a few do-overs
until my aching head
reminds me what a bad idea
that would be.
So I tell myself
“It’ll be alright–
or if not, it doesn’t matter (eternally).”
I don’t really listen to myself
any better than my students do.
So it comes down to the fruits of a thousand hours,
being placed in four bins to produce one number.
Pretty coarsely-weighed for so dear a harvest.
restoration by Coda Shetterly (@KindredCoda)
As seen on Boing Boing!
I’ve exchanged some iTunes plastic (from Santa) for some excellent music that I’m really enjoying. Here’s a brief rundown of what’s playing in my house, car and head these days.
The Head and the Heart (The Head and the Heart album)
These guys play smart, rootsy alt folk (or something like that). I had heard of them but had somehow missed listening to them. I like how they still sound like musicians, not overly-precious, cleaned-up bits.
John Ellis and Double Wide (Puppet Mischief album) – These guys really swing. John Ellis is a great tenor saxophonist, but the sousaphone player (Matt Perrine) is what really drives them. I’d love to see these guys play live.
Mumford & Sons (Babel album) I know how late I am to this party, but this is good music that makes me think.
Philip Glass (Metamorphosis: 1-5) The minimalist giant playing his best piano pieces.
David Byrne & St. Vincent (Love this Giant album) Two unique musicians collaborating to make surprising and wonderful music. I hear new things each time I listen.
Chilly Gonzales (Solo Piano 2) I saved the best for last. If you like playing the piano or just listening to piano music, then this is what you are looking for. I hear echoes of Ernesto Nazareth, Eric Satie, Philip Glass and the Terra Verde composers David Thomas Roberts and Scott Kirby. These are the kind of quality, uncategorizable pieces the world needs more of.
The Census Dotmap by Brandon Martin-Anderson is pretty amazing when you think about it — it gives each of us who live in the United States (all 311,591,917 of us) a dot right where we live.
[painting by Susan Goldsmith — see her work here]
dot the tree’s black skeleton
a lifetime of moons