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...Words to cast/My feelings into sculpted thoughts/To make some wisdom last
Personal/Musical: Music on a Snowy December Afternoon 
9th-Dec-2009 02:11 pm
Guitar
Just back in from talking the Second Vatican Council with my Intro students, and a walk back with Erynn, who I ran into outside of LaLumiere Hall, to hear her news of showing her photographs to a director at Vogue in New York in a few weeks. All good news, despite the setting. It's snowy. Windy. Cold. Miserable outside and so it's so good to be inside where it's warm.

I'm right back to listening to what was my chosen music of the morning: Bill Evan's Alone, solo piano that sounds so good with this mood of weather.

But it's time to make the seasonal shift: iTunes is now set up: Bill Evans directly into the Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is the singlemost indispensable Christmas album, ever.
Comments 
9th-Dec-2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Have I mentioned that I really want to take your Introduction to Theology class? Every time you post about it, it sounds more fantastic and engaging and pedagogically thoughtful, and also a place for very fruitful reflection.
10th-Dec-2009 12:16 am (UTC)
[blinks] Well, thank you! I have to say that I had never quite imagined such a comment or request from an Oxford graduate! I'd offer to try to put the thing on YouTube, but then I'm afraid I'd destroy your illusions.... :-)

Still, that's the thing about being older students than what the undergrads in the United States are: we get a lot more self-motivated about our studies. I sometimes wish the U.S. would have a required year or two of national service like some of the European countries: I would have less students merely enduring my class. I would say that there are definitely two classes of students or two realities right now: those interested and involved, and those just trying to get through. But it is exciting when I can draw one of them into the fun and fascination of it all! I just had a cool talk with an Engineering freshman who has shown a real interest and even gift for the subject about becoming a Theology minor or double-major.

But again, thank you for the compliment! I do try to squeeze a lot into the semester, in order to give them a taste of the breadth of what serious Theology and Spirituality offer, and the depths of what the Tradition has accomplished there.
10th-Dec-2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
That is a very nice CD, although it has no Christmas association for me (or indeed, probably most people over here).
10th-Dec-2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
The Bill Evans? Or A Charlie Brown Christmas?
10th-Dec-2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
The Charlie Brown one.
10th-Dec-2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Dana Jarzynka commented on your note "Personal/Musical: Music on a Snowy December Afternoon":

"That album actually makes me wish for snow."

To see the comment thread, follow the link below:
http://www.facebook.com/n/?%2Fnote.php¬e_id=194274312678&comments&mid=18a1e17G135eb01G1e1d6c0Gd
10th-Dec-2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Livejournal is being weird - I presume this is some new notification that someone commented on your feed of this post to Facebook. However, it also emailed me to tell me this...
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