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Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, 'Duquesne Whistle'

Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, 'Duquesne Whistle' | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Hear the first song from Bob Dylan's 35th studio album, Tempest."

"'Duquesne Whistle,' begins in the middle of a scene, like the fade-in in a classic Western. It's the first song we get to hear from Bob Dylan's Tempest, the album he will release on September 11, 50 years and six months after the commencement of his recoding career. The music starts faintly, as if in a vintage pleasure palace, with the band — the stalwarts who've played with Dylan for a while and join him on the Never-Ending Tour — playing rock and roll ragtime off in the corner. The electric guitars sound almost like clarinets. Everybody's swinging! But what's that in the distance? Dylan himself unleashes the rubbery guitar chord change that repeats for the rest of the song, sounding just like a locomotive blast. Is he hopping that thing? Is somebody he loves on it? Both are possible."
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Michael Tilson Thomas: Music And Emotion Through Time

"In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix."
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15 May 2012: This Project is Capturing the World in Photographs in One Day

15 May 2012: This Project is Capturing the World in Photographs in One Day | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
In 9 days time, people all over the world will be coming together with one single aim - to photograph their lives - as part of the global ADay.org project.

As part of an initiative ...
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Vaclav Havel: Artist And Freedom Fighter

Vaclav Havel: Artist And Freedom Fighter | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The politics, life and vision of the great Vaclav Havel, artist and freedom fighter.

 

The great Czech artist, playwright, dissident, president, freedom fighter, philosopher Vaclav Havel died Sunday at 75. For anyone who lived through fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, Vaclav Havel was a hero of dizzying dimensions.

 

The playwright in prison who insisted on the moral and real power of the powerless. Who earned real power as Czechoslovakia’s president in the Velvet Revolution. Who laughed and told the whole world that truth and love must prevail over lies and hate.

 

This hour On Point: the life and vision of Vaclav Havel.

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Victor Wooten: Music as a Language

Music is a powerful communication tool--it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. Bassist and five-time Grammy winner, Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language--by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible.
Lesson by Victor Wooten, produced by TED-Ed.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/victor-wooten-music-as-a-language
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50 Beautiful Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World

50 Beautiful Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
50 Beautiful Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World: A collection of supermoon pictures by amateur and professional photographers.
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Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations ... by banjo | Video on TED.com

Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations ... by banjo | Video on TED.com | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.

Abigail Washburn pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, creating results that feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody's ever heard before. Full bio »

'I see the power of music to connect cultures. I see it when I stand on a stage at a bluegrass festival … and I bust out into a song in Chinese, and everybody's eyes just pop wide open.' (Abigail Washburn)"
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Vaclav Havel, Dissident Playwright Who Led Czechoslovakia, Dead at 75

Vaclav Havel, Dissident Playwright Who Led Czechoslovakia, Dead at 75 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"As Czechoslovakia’s first democratically elected president after the nonviolent revolution that ended decades of repression, Vaclav Havel oversaw a bumpy transition to democracy and a free-market economy." "Shy and bookish, with wispy mustache and unkempt hair, Mr. Havel came to symbolize the power of the people to peacefully overcome totalitarian rule. “Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred,” He famously said. It became his revolutionary motto which he said he strove to live by. Mr. Havel was nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize, and collected dozens of accolades worldwide for his efforts as a global ambassador of conscience, defended the downtrodden from Darfur to Myanmar. Among his many honors were Sweden’s prestigious Olof Palme Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest United States civilian award, bestowed on him by President George W. Bush for being “one of liberty’s great heroes.”"
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