Landscape Post

Sometimes I’ll have sections that I’m not quite sure how they fit in the puzzle of a tune, they’ll get moved around; what I think was originally a verse ends up becoming the chorus, or what’s an intro gets dropped as a hook, things get shifted around a lot. Feelings aroused by the touch of someone’s hand, the sound of music, the smell of a flower, a beautiful sunset, a work of art, love, laughter, hope and faith – all work on both the unconscious and the conscious aspects of the self, and they have physiological consequences as well.

Inspiration comes from so many sources. Music, other fiction, the non-fiction I read, TV shows, films, news reports, people I know, stories I hear, misheard words or lyrics, dreams… Motivation? The memory of the rush I get from a really good writing session – even on a bad day, I know I’ll find that again if I keep going.

I think music is so diverse today, and bands are so diverse. If you were a rock band in the Eighties, you kind of had to stick to one thing. Now, in this age of Coachella and European festivals and stuff, it’s

5 important thinking skills for a lecture in September

We expect our students to use higher-order thinking skills, but we often do not explain to them what that means. Demonstrating how easy it is to use critical thinking skills will help them use them throughout the year.

  1. Analysis: dividing the whole into its components
    Subject analysis requires students to break down information into sections to better understand general meaning. To illustrate the importance of understanding the parts to explain the whole, empty the spring-loaded pen and ask them what each component is for proper pen writing. Then ask them to summarize each line of the song and use it to analyze the general meaning of the song.
  2. Interpretation: explain or inform the meaning
    Showing the true meaning of a source requires a deeper explanation than this definition suggests. If a student is asked to interpret a map of the Atlantic slave trade, they can simply explain that it is a map showing the Atlantic and the four continents. But a true interpretation of the map will link the role of each continent in trade.
  3. Description: Speech aims to present a mental picture of something being experienced
    Descriptions are not usually considered high-level thinking skills, but many students lack the