Here’s an Elizabeth Cotton song from Miller’s DVD.
Oh, Babe, It Ain’t No Lie
And another Hurt song from the Grossman CD.
Richland Woman Blues
An economic history of the world, concentrating on the origins of unequal outcomes and focusing on the role of culture.
Another song from the Grossman CD.
Nobody’s Dirty Business
A pretty little song about cocaine addiction, taught on Happy Traum’s DVD. The lyrics aren’t quite as sweet-sounding.
Another Hurt tune. Are you detecting a pattern? This one is from Grossman’s CD, but I added some variations.
Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor
Taleb explains his ideas regarding ‘Black Swans’, highly unlikely and largely unforeseen random events that nevertheless have significant impact. Taleb maintains that Black Swans dominate the history of the human race but are largely ignored due to a combination of psychological biases and what he dismissively refers to as “Platonic” theories like the classical theory of statistics centered around the Gaussian distribution.
It’s a lot to digest but NNT, as he styles himself, is a very entertaining and largely lucid writer. I would say he raises far more questions than he answers but the book is no worse for that and may be one of his central points — we just don’t know nearly as much as we think we do.
Looking for lost diamonds.
Another Hurt song from Grossman’s CD. This one is pretty rough, but I doubt it will get any better as it’s not one of my favorites and I’ve no incentive to practice it further.
A Hurt song I learned from Grossman’s CD. It has a nice set of lyrics I hope to one day be able to sing.