This week a documentary film changed my perception of the banjo forever. The film? Béla Fleck’s How to Write a Banjo Concerto. I always thought of the banjo as an odd-looking, although fun to listen to, device esteemed by country musicians.
Learning doesn’t have to end after formal schooling or retirement. There’s a world of knowledge out there just waiting to be discovered. Explore our Great Courses DVDs or CDs as one resource.
One of the great things about TV these days is that so many international programs are available here in the United States, on DVD or through online streaming. Recently I watched two television productions, one from New Zealand (via BBC and the Sundance Channel) and one from France, both of which were incredibly compelling and much different than programs you are apt to catch on American primetime.
There are a lot of things to appreciate about the Criterion Collection releases of classic movies. They have awesome special features, great quality picture and sound, and a really diverse selection. Perhaps my favorite thing about them, though, is that they often remind me to catch up on older titles I may have missed out on.