Love in Vain: Robert Johnson 1911-1938

Intro This is my first spoken book review. I’m not sure how I feel about this yet, but it was fun putting together. Summary This graphic novel tells about the life & times of the famous bluesman, Robert Johnson. His work has been influential to artists like the Rolling Stones & Eric Clapton. It has left a defining footprint on the world of rock n’ roll. This book chronicles Johnson’s life growing up in the rural south. It explains his womanizing, heavy drinking, and playing blues in juke joints. The book touches on Robert’s infamous deal with the devil, but…

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French Class 003

This is my French pronunciation practice from my third French class. I’m beginning to realize that I rely heavily on reading and seeing what I’m supposed to say. I need to practice my listening and responding without looking at my textbook, especially when replying with a negative.       If you speak French, I would love to hear some feedback on my pronunciation. I’m actively looking for ways to improve my French language skills outside of my class and would appreciate any tips on apps, podcasts, websites, etc. that could benefit me. Merci beaucoup!

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Hey Joe (Take 1)

  This is my first attempt at playing Hey Joe. I continue to struggle with my chord changes between C & G, but they’re slowly getting better. I apologize for the foot tapping in the background. I need to invest in a small metronome to keep me on the beat. I also think it’d be a good idea to start playing along with the recording. Here’s the recording, just in case someone is not familiar with the tune.  

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French Class 002

I took my second French class last week. This is my reflection on the class and a few of the key points we covered. My pronunciation practice is at the bottom. Please let me know how I’m doing!   This was straight forward. I just need to remember the linking with j’habite and vous habitez.   Once we started looking at the full conjugation, it got a little trickier. Basically, I just need to remember that vous and the plurals (nous, ils, and elles) all link with a z sound. Also, the endings all sound the same except for the nous…

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1-Minute Changes w/ C & G

This video captures where I am with my guitar studies this week. I’ve struggled with chords C & G for months. Honestly, I got so frustrated that I put the guitar down for about a month, and I have only recently started drilling myself again. I need to speed up these changes before I feel confident enough to start learning more chords. I’m making progress, but it’s slow.

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Woody Guthrie And The Dust Bowl Ballads

To anyone interested in Woody Guthrie, I highly recommend reading Woody Guthrie And The Dust Bowl Ballads by Nick Hayes. The story is a fictionalized telling of Woody’s life and the way Hayes captures it borders on poetic. The accompanying sepia-toned artwork is as mesmerizing as a dust cloud.   Below are a few of my favorite panels.   Also, check out this video of musicians providing Hayes with a hard-driving soundtrack while he’s working on the graphic novel.       We are not beat.

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French Class 001

I took my first French class! I want to use this blog to reflect on the experience of being a language teacher in a foreign language class. I’m hoping it will deepen my learning and lead to more empathy for my ESL students. At the end of each post, I will upload an audio file where I practice my French pronunciation. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know how I’m doing!   We started the class by sitting around a long table and learning how to introduce ourselves. The teacher modeled the correct pronunciation, and we went around…

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Favorite Albums of 2016

The following are the albums that caught my ear in 2016. For whatever reason, they kept me reaching for them again & again. If you find this list helpful, please leave a comment with your favorite album(s).   In no particular order, here goes. Hover for titles; click for more info.        

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How to Make Peach Infused Whiskey

Infusing whiskey with peaches is easy and delicious. It’s my hope that sharing this recipe, will prompt others to start experimenting and creating various tasty concoctions. Materials needed: 1 large bottle of whiskey. (I recommend getting something high-proof, like Wild Turkey 101.) 4 peaches 3 wide mouth mason jars 1 large wide mouth cup 1 funnel coffee filter (optional) cheese cloth   Step 1: Clean & slice the pieces Rinse the peaches. Slicing them into bite size pieces works really well. You can discard the pits.   Step 2: Freeze the peaches slices (optional) Freezing the fruit overnight helps break…

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1-Minute Changes w/ Minor Chords Take 2

I took a vacation a couple of weeks ago, so I haven’t been practicing as much as I would like to be. That said, my changes between these minor chords (Am, Dm, & Em) is slowly speeding up. I feel more confident with Am & Em, and I’m beginning to get the feel for Dm. Like always, if anyone watching this has any tips, tricks, suggestions, or feedback of any kind, I’m all ears. Thanks!

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