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Thursday, September 26, 2013
  Ego Surfing: A Writer's Joys and Perils
I am bursting with pride this morning, and feel honored.  I discovered I was cited in an important how-to book.  And, I am even a footnote!  (I wonder where I stole that line from, though).

Tooning In

Tooning in: Essays on Popular Culture and Education

By Cameron White, Trenia Walker
Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Education - 158 pages


They quote me on p. 121, so I'll quote them, as turn around is fair play, especially when big entertainment egos are involved.

(But, wow .... it's like I helped inspire a whole chapter or something, so I am hugging myself in ill-concealed delight .... )

(Chapter) 12
    The Message in the Music
    Using Current Music to Connect Social Studies

            Songs are able to reach deep down inside the listener. This is the highest form
            of musical expression. Where the music is not just listened to, but 
            felt.
                                                                                                 -- Flaska 2000


Music is the universal language, or so the saying goes. Most people love music and may even find solace
as they listen to their preferred musical genres. How often do songs "take us back" to a memory long past?  Because music can evoke deep personal meanings, social studies educators often use songs to emphasize larger historical moments. This personalization phenomenon continues as today's youth explore their own musical genres and store today's memories.


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But I really wish I had written the first paragraph below my quote above, as that is what I am trying to do in posting these memories of Frank Zappa I have.

Except I am trying to tie in larger media influences on his work and interpersonal relationships, plus history in the making.  So maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew here.

Still, I like doing it, and don't plan on stopping any time too soon. 

(And the reason for the German accent on the coffee commercial:  "Be schmart .... as schmart as a Yerman rocket scientist und buy dis product!"  (Or at least that's the way we heard it in my neighborhood, which was surrounded by General Dynamics and Braun Engineering to the south, Olin (new corporate building being constructed above Foothill) to the North, and a subsidiary of Teledyne far to the East ... so go West, young man, you'll only see the glow of the rocket testings from Vandenberg though you may start at the sonic booms from the supersonics tested by Aerojet General (another Teledyne component) ....


DERANGED MINERAL TRANSPORT (c. Barbara Flaska)
they shake it to the north
and shake it to the south
we shakin in our boots
and hush my mouth



 




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