Notes and Stuff

November 12, 2012

Interpreting Lyrics

Filed under: MUS 1P, Fall 2012 — jmeschi @ 11:32 pm

Last class we went over the full Intelligent Listening Checklist and spent some time on the section on Lyrics and what to do to answer the question, “What is the song about”. (No, Rihanna’s song Diamonds is not about diamonds.)

During our discussion I mentioned a recent article I read about a web site that is dedicated to deciphering/interpreting hip hop lyrics. (Remember the discussion - “80 holes in your shirt: there, your own Jamaican clothes”?)

Here’s the article and the web site. A word of caution - judging from the article the site is controversial - be warned ahead of time about language and some possible offensive content.

Why Listening is So Much More Than Hearing

Filed under: MUS 1P, Fall 2012 — jmeschi @ 11:16 pm

Throughout the semester we’ve discussed Intelligent Listening and the differences between it and Passive and Connotative Listening.

Here’s an interesting article that discusses The Science and Art of Listening and how “listening” is so much more than “hearing.”

From our perspective - what we’ve discussed all semester - “hearing” is passive listening, “listening” is intelligent/active listening.

October 23, 2012

What is Your Musical Stereotype

Filed under: MUS 1P, Fall 2012 — jmeschi @ 6:01 pm

As I was looking for links on musical style for you to use to prepare the take-home essay on Quiz 2, I came across There are some excellent links on the site which should help you with your essay.

One of the links “What is your musical stereotype” caught my attention. The linked page begins, “You can usually learn something about a person by looking at what music they listen to.” Seeing later on in the semester I’d like to discuss some related topics (”Why do you listen to the music you listen to”, “Why do you love some styles and hate others”) I thought I’d find out my musical stereotype.

FYI, I entered, “Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beethoven, Led Zeppelin, Eagles” and found I’m a “StareDad” - “You text, e-mail and “Twitter” your kids asking if they remember your Facebook password. Once they remind you that it is “dadpassword”, you’ll seat them down and tell them about “simpler times”. Then you will probably encourage them to “get off the Nintendo and read a book for once.”

The above explanation is not quite true for me - I don’t have children and seldom forget passwords. But, if i did have kids I’m sure I would behave exactly like the description. (Yes, I’m old!)

Try it out - find your musical stereotype.

September 26, 2012

More on The Star Spangled Banner

Filed under: MUS 1P, Fall 2012 — jmeschi @ 7:09 pm

Here’s the YouTube audio of Jose Feliciano’s version of The Star Spangled Banner we played in class. He performed it in Detroit before the fifth game of the 1968 World Series.

As we discussed in class, his version caused quite a controversy. Here’s Jose explaining what happened. (Click on “Show More” beneath the video and read more about the controversy.

Less than a year later, at Woodstock in August 1969, Jimi Hendrix performed his own version that for many growing up in the 60s expressed a lot about what was going on in the world at the time.

September 18, 2012

If You Want to Install Audacity…

Filed under: Music Tech, F12 — jmeschi @ 12:06 pm

If you want to install Audacity on your own computer, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to the Audacity Web site
  2. Download the version for your operating system. Follow the instructions to install
  3. Look at the optional downloads available and choose: 1) the LAME MP3 encoder if you want to create MP3 files; 2) the FFmpeg import/export library if you want to import/export files created in ITunes. The LADSPA plugins are also useful but download them only after you become familiar with the effects plugins that come with Audacity

If you’re not comfortable installing the application on your computer, tell me and we’ll go through the process in the lab. If you have a laptop, bring it to the lab and we’ll install it together

September 13, 2012

History of the Internet

Filed under: Music Tech, F12 — jmeschi @ 9:12 am

Here are a few links to view concerning the history of the Internet which was mentioned in our last class:

  1. Brief History of the Internet
  2. Hobbes’ Internet Timeline (a famous Web site that outlines how the Internet has grown)

As mention in class the World Wide Web is really just part of the Internet but it is so pervasive we think of “World Wide Web” and “Internet” as synonymous.

Here’s more on some other Internet protocols.

More on some of the terms related to Internet protocols mentioned in class: Archie, Veronica and Jughead

September 9, 2012

Top 10 Simple Things Every Computer User Should Know How to Do

Filed under: General — jmeschi @ 12:18 am

If you’re not as computer-savvy as you’d like to be, check this top 10 list for skills you should have

April 20, 2012

Summer is Coming!

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 3:54 pm

Summer is coming, but there’s still lots to learn.

(After all, you’re a lifetime learner now, right?

April 5, 2012

Creating Music on the Web

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 12:48 pm was mentioned in your recent reading material. If you haven’t visited it yet, do it soon.

Two music creation sites, similar to ACID and sequencing applications, are Audio Tool and Audio Sauna.

I can’t wait to see what the future of online music creation tools has in store for us!

March 19, 2012

Internet Radio Stations

Filed under: MUS 1P, Spring 2012, Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 8:20 pm

As mentioned in class, some Internet Radio sites for you to explore:, and

Try for a listing of thousands of other free online stations.

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