End-of-Course Reverie

End-of-Course Reverie

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).”

But unfortunately,

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.

WDS 4/20/2013

What I’m listening to: January 2013

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.