Saturday, August 23, 2014

Aviation 101

As part of my homeschool curriculum, I am studying how to be a pilot and how airplanes work. One of the sites that I use for that is Aviation 101, a site made by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. If you want to be a pilot, go to this site. It teaches you things like what the basic components of a plane are, what the different controls do, and more, and the best part is, it's free. All you have to do is sign up. I took my first test, which wasn't big, and I got an 84%. I am so excited about tonight, because tonight on Doctor Who is The Night Of The New Doctor, as I call it. I hope he is as good as his predecessor, Matt Smith. You can check him out on BBC One at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. I am working on a new song on my piano called Come Sail Away by Styx. It is going very well, in fact, I almost have it complete. The first Harry Potter book is very good so far. It has lots of wizards, spells, and Monsters. One of my favorite people from the book is Hagrid. He's a softy but he's also hard and mean when he needs to be. If I were a wizard, no offense to my dog because in Harry Potter I am pretty sure wizards can't have dogs as pets, I would have an owl. One of my documentaries I watched with lunch this week was about London, England. If you want to explore Hyde Park in London, you can take a tour on horseback.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Beware The Ides Of August

A few days ago, I got an invitation to play at Archie's again. I said yes to that offer. So now I'm going to play at Archie's September 6, and October 4, both will be from 12:00 noon to 2:00. I have been gathering a set list for September, here is what I have so far, 1. Volcano - by Jimmy Buffett, 2. Redneck Riviera - by my uncle Allan Morton, 3. In The City - by Joe Walsh, 4. Summer of 69- by Bryan Adams, 5.Boats - by Kenny Chesney, 6. Son of a Son of a Son of a Sailor - by Jimmy Buffett, 7.Born To Be a Pirate - by Mike Mangum, 8. The Weight - by The Band, 9. Knee Deep - by Zac Brown, and 10. Take It Easy - by The Eagles. I am also thinking about going to the Osceola St. Cafe Open Mike Night every Monday. I just put everything together in That's Just The Way It Is and it is perfect. It is now ready for a public performance. Playing For Change is making a music video for a song called La Bamba and I am learning the song so that maybe I can be in the video. On the 26th, one of my friends and I are going to go see the St. Lucie Mets play against Charlotte. I wish that Fall was here right now, it is really hot and humid out there. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons because it's not too hot and it's not too cold either. This weekend I am going to get the first Harry Potter book. I hope it has a really great storyline with cool plot twists in it. See you later. Bye.


Friday, August 1, 2014

This Is Your Brain On Music

My guitar teacher, David, gave me a book called This Is Your Brain On Music. It's written by a great musician and producer, Daniel J. Levitin. It's about why people like music so much and why some people have more abilities with music than others. For example, he did some experiments and one of them was to put people in an MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, machine and played them some music. Then, he asked them to imagine hearing music. On the screen, parts of the brain lit up both times. In fact, the parts of the brain that lit up were so similar that they couldn't tell which one was when he played and which one was them imagining.

I'm also learning a song called The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby. It's going pretty well. I have the first intro, the second intro, and the piano fill.