Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee host Twisted MixTape Tuesday, a blog hop that’s all about music. The premise is to create a five song mix based on the week’s theme. (You can click on the button above if you’d like to play along).
Here’s Jen’s instructions for today’s topic: If you were going to make a mix for a friend, what would it contain? This is NOT a best of. If You Were Making A Mix Tape For A Friend (on any topic) What Would It Be?
I usually wait until Tuesday mornings to post my TMT, but sadly, vacation is over and I’ll be climbing in the car at the butt-crack of dawn to drive the 400 miles back home with a 10-year old alternating between “How much further to…?”, “How much longer to…?”, and “Can I have…?” for 8+ hours in a too-small vehicle behind ass-monkeys that drive 15 miles under the speed limit in the passing lane. Do I sound enthusiastic?
I decided to feature cover songs made in the 2000’s in last week’s Mixtape, Cover to Cover. I had too many favorites last week, so I split it up into two posts to cover the two weeks of the 2000’s. This week, I was also able to include those made between 2010-2013.
1. Pony – Far (2008).
2. Bad Company – Five Finger Death Punch (2010 release).
3. Take Me Home Tonight – Hinder (2005).
4. Come Together – Godsmack (2012).
5. Don’t Stop the Music – Jamie Cullum (2009).
To all my fellow music lovers that participate in Twisted MixTape Tuesday, I wanted to share some information I got earlier this week. I did a post previously about some free online classes I was taking (Teaching Old Dogs) through a site called Coursera. They will be starting a class called History of Rock, Part I on September 2, 2013. The course runs for seven weeks and I’ve heard really good things about it. You don’t need any type of musical education or background and if it follows the course schedule of earlier this year, it will be followed by History of Rock, Part II. I had wanted to take the courses myself, but missed the first few weeks of Part I.
Just create a Coursera login and signup for the class. You’ll receive an email when the coursework page is available. You can commit however much or little you want to the class. You can follow the lectures at your own pace and you aren’t required to take the weekly quizzes or final exam unless you want the Statement of Accomplishment Certificate. There is an optional textbook (either purchased in hardcopy or e-format) written by the professor and assignments for each weekly unit.
The professor, John Covach, is a Fulbright scholar and is currently with the University of Rochester. He holds a Master’s and PhD in Music Theory and Composition and still tours with groups and as a solo artist when not performing his academic duties.
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