How can you accelerate the speed, accuracy, and quality of learning songs for performance situations?

On this blog I share my 'learning adventures' as I continue to improve my performance as a singer.

I share web resources I find helpful, and reflect on my experience using various technologies and ideas.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Keeping track of your internet research: Clipmarks

As I research a new song, I find many disparate sources of information. How do you keep track of of where you found useful snippets of information? You can bookmark the website using your web browser. But then you have a fairly jumbled collection under: 'music' if you are like me.

A more elegant way of keeping track of websites is Clipmarks. Whenever you find a snippet of useful information, Clipmarks lets you 'cut and paste' the snippet into one place: a Clipmarks folder under your own account. You can also make the clips public so that other people can see them. And you can easily find them on another computer.

I have several Clipmark folders. One for 'music'. Another for 'environmental sustainability'. And several others for my 'day job'.

Click here to see my Clipmark folder full of clips about 'music'.

You can also send the Clip to other people, and post a specific clip on your own blog, as follows.

In the following example, you observe a little of my research about James Agee, who provided the poem for Samuel Barber's song 'Sure on this shining night'. At the top left, you see the source site for the clip, www.pbs.org. (The Clipmark link goes to the specific page on this site). There is also a facility to send a Clipmark clip directly to Blogger, and several other sites (but I haven't yet tried that feature succesfully.)

clipped from www.pbs.org
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"I know I am making the choice most dangerous to an artist in valuing life above art."
James Agee acknowledged the restless journey his biography would encompass.

Poet, novelist, journalist, film critic, and social activist, Agee would lead an unorthodox, hard-driving life that would result in an early death. So voracious was he for experience that in valuing life, as he put it, he could not help but shape the penetrating, passionate, and colorful poetry and prose he produced.
Of Huguenot ancestry, James Agee was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1909, the son of a postal worker who was killed in the prime of his life in an automobile accident.
He published his first and only volume of verse, PERMIT ME VOYAGE in 1934, and in 1936 he embarked with photographer Walker Evans on an assignment to document the lives of poor Southern farmers.
He succumbed to a heart attack on his way to a doctor's appointment on May 16, 1955.
Portrait of J. Agee

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