This past summer I went back to school. I took a free Coursera online course about the music of the Rolling Stones.
One might wonder what the heck I am going to do with this knowledge.
Absolutely nothing. I took the course for fun and I actually learned a lot about the history of the blues and of course, the Stones.
This was supplemented by reading Keith Richards’ book, Life. In addition, everything the Stones have recorded since the beginning of their time as well as a tremendous amount of videos and documentary footage are available on the internet.
I was never a huge fan but it would be impossible to have escaped their music over the last 50 years. Their music is the soundtrack of my life.
I plan to sign up for a free course on The Beatles and another on the history of rock ‘n’ roll. These music courses are taught by John Covach from the University of Rochester in New York State.
Coursera offers numerous free courses taught by professors at more than 120 universities on more serious topics such as digital marking, the science of gastronomy, fundamentals of music therapy, and communication in the 21st-century workplace.
Course credits are available and I believe students can apply for some sort of diploma. I encourage anyone who wants to learn something new to check out Coursera.
My rock ‘n’ roll summer continued when I attended the Collingwood Elvis Festival in July and I will be writing about that experience for the Summer 2016 edition of Sudbury Living. The event was so much fun. The popular three-day festival is a project of the town’s special events office and it would appear the entire community works together to make it so successful.
Our Fall cover story proves you can take the man out of politics but you can’t take the politics out of the man. The story is about retirement but Jim Gordon, John Rodriguez and Rick Bartolucci showed up for their cover photo session wearing business suits and looking ready for the hustings.
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