The fall term will be starting soon, and I’ll be re-joining the ranks of my fellow professors behind the ivy-covered (not really) walls; sighing heavily over paperwork, complaining bitterly about the lack of parking space, eating pale, bland meals in the faculty commons, etc. Actually, now that I’m a part-timer and don’t have any non-teaching duties, committees and so forth, I’m quite looking forward to it. One of the greatest privileges I’ve been granted in my life is to teach others.
I was delighted to find Kansas’ “Portrait (He Knew)” to use for the second selection in my series on MetalGuruMessiah’s videos. What a great tribute to that king-daddy of all professors, Albert Einstein! If I taught in the hard sciences, I would definitely open the first day of class with this video. What the heck – I may do it anyway. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the term. Genius is always inspiring, even if it’s in a completely different field of study.
Before we watch the video, here are some great quotes from Professor Einstein to get us ready for our portrait of the man…
“Imagination is more important than knowledge…”
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
“Mozart’s music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.” (THIS! Think about it – and not just Mozart, either.)
“What I see in Nature is a grand design that we can understand only imperfectly, one with which a responsible person must look at with humility….”
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”
“I want to know God’s thoughts. The rest are details.”
“I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience.”
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
“Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” (Ha ha! Love it!)
“I am very happy with my new home in friendly America…” (He likes us! He really likes us!)
*All quotes were taken from einstein.biz and quotationspage.com
Ah, to have been given even a small fraction of the brilliance of Einstein, or the talent of Kansas, for that matter. But alas, I’m merely an eternal, enthusiastic observer of greatness. Enjoy this outstanding video by our fellow blogger, MetalGuruMessiah.
But he knew – he knew more than me or you…
Okay, we gotta hear one more, right? This song is almost eerily prophetic in view of composer Kerry Livgren’s religious conversion years later. Wow. Just give it a listen in light of that little factoid! The guitar man says that Leftoverture was one of the most well-produced albums that he’d heard up to that point – crisp and crystal clear. And to think, it was recorded just down the road at the Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana.
This clip is far from perfect, but I had to use it because I saw Kansas in concert this very year – 1978. I don’t remember Steve Walsh’s on-stage antics, near-nudity, yellow gym shorts, or tube socks, but I do remember quiet, dignified Kerry Livgren on that smokin’ guitar. Now that’s my kind of guy. Nothing against Mr. Walsh, though – he’s a great singer. My dear friends, here is “Carry On Wayward Son”…