A complete list of my blogs and their dates


The following is a summary of my blogs from Feb. 6, 2016 up to March 11, 2021.


To access my blogs google lovesongsinspanish.wordpress.com

The blogs on my blogsite are organized chronologically, starting with the present and working towards the past in clumps of about 9 entries. 

For instance, when you first visit my blog site you will find a cluster of ten blogs. At the end of them you will see “Older Blogs”. Click on this to go back in time and see the next cluster of ten.  (At the moment my blog site contains eight clusters of ten.)

Here are the dates of each cluster of ten:

One:  Sept. 9, 2020 (how to write essays) to March 9, 2021 (nostalgia and the tango)

Two: Feb. 3, 1919 (Sousa/Alford) to July 25, 2020 (analyzing Rockwell)

Three: May 18, 2018 (how to teach musicals) to July 30, 2018 (the magic of Don McLean’s Vincent)

Four: Sept. 20, 2016 (letters to editor) to May 9, 2018 (Aznavour)

Five: July 11, 2016 (moving to Florence from Perugia) to Sept.  20, 2016 (Metastasio)

Six: May 29, 2016 (trip to Mantua, etc.) to July 8, 2016 (a joke: the brilliant Japanese student. To find it click on photo of Lincoln)

Seven: March 29, 2016 (Italy/Caruso/tango) to May 29, 2016 (Florence letter)

Eight: Feb. 5, 2016 (Agustin Lara’s Granada) to March 24, 2016 (A passage from Florence, Dante and Me)

I have grouped my blogs below into nine separate categories. This will make it easier for you to read only the categories that interest you.

1 Operatic Italian (based largely on two separate books: Italian for the Opera and its expanded version, Operatic Italian)

2 Love songs in Spanish for Enjoyment and Learning

3 Florence, Dante and Me

4 Home Study Projects and New Ideas for English Language Arts

5 Movies

6 Miscellaneous posts

7 George Godwin’s  The Eternal Forest, a novel rich in   autobiographical elements

8 George Godwin’s Why Stay we here?, sequel to The Eternal Forest

9 George Godwin (general posts about)

Note: send me an email if you would like me to send you a free pdf copy of any chapter in the book Home Study Projects and New Ideas for English Language Arts (item 4, below). Chapter seven (on adolescent problems) is probably the best in the book.

1 OPERATIC ITALIAN (a book and the theme itself)

The strange case of the missing review of Operatic Italian (Oct. 28, 2020)

The book Operatic Italian and a sixth review October 28, 2020)

The book “Operatic Italian” and five reviews of it (May 22, 2019)

Lucia di Lammermoor, the sextet (June 10, 2018)

How to learn operatic Italian  (May 23, 2018)

Maria Callas and her gift for languages (May 20, 2018)

Romanticism in Il Trovatore (Dec. 16, 2016)

Why Verdi’s Macbeth is much shorter than Shakespeare’s (Nov. 15, 2016)

Rondini al Nido, a wonderful Italian song (Oct. 12, 2016)

How to acquire a good accent in (operatic) Italian (Oct. 3, 2016)

Metastasio, a snippet (Sept. 20, 2016)

Operatic Italian (a preface to the book)  August 10, 2016

Good movies on opera (Life of Verdi dvd with clip of dvd (June 17,2016)

Tosti’s Ideale and the movie Umberto D. (June 15, 2016)

Speak operatic Italian in Italy and have fun doing it (April 21, 2016)

Italy, Caruso and the tango (March 29, 2016)

Ella giammai m’amo (Don Carlos)  March 24, 2016

Callas singing Casta Diva (DVD); how some arias are used to enrich movies (March 10, 2016)

O Sole Mio and how it led to my loving opera (Feb. 18, 2016)


Nostalgia, a core theme of the Argentine tango (March 9, 2021)

Solamente una Vez, a much loved song about having only one great love in your life (Jan. 28, 2021)

Love songs in Spanish, the press release (April 17, 2018)

Hey and Julio Iglesias (Aug. 25, 2016)

Caminito, a great tango (Aug. 2, 2016)

How Nat King Cole first got the idea of singing in Spanish; clip of him singing “Quizas?”; words and translation of this song  (May 22, 2016)

The siglo de oro origins of modern Spanish songs (April 18, 2016)

“Y” as sung by Luis Miguel and a description of songs 12-24 in Love songs in Spanish (April 14, 2016)

Love songs in Spanish: a description of the book and a summary of songs 1 to 13 (April 8, 2016)

Using the DVD of Destinos to help you learn Spanish (April 3, 2016)

Love Songs in Spanish (March 31, 2016)

The tango scene in the movie, Scent of a Woman, a live clip (Feb. 12, 2016)

Angelitos Negros, sung by Pedro Infante  (Feb. 6, 2016) DVD no longer works.

Granada, the song, sung by Placido Domingo (Feb. 6, 2016) DVD still plays.


Radio Ketchican’s review of this book (July 17, 2018)

Singing Your eyes are the eyes of a woman in love on the balcony in Florence. (July 26, 2016)

A trip to Rome and sharing with a strange Sicilian (July 21, 2016)

Wrestling with a fridge salesman from Sicily (July 15, 2016)

My first impressions of Florence, staying in the American girls’ flat (July 11, 2016)

More of my impressions of Perugia; meet learned Oxonian; visit to Urbino (July 2, 2016)

Visit to Gino’s friend in small town north of Naples, car trip to Amalfi coast (June 25, 2016)

My voice teacher and the fun we had working on my voice; her wit (June 13, 2016)

My voice lessons with Nedda del Vivo in Florence; watching the eclipse; my lectures at the university  (June 8, 2016)

I see a tailor, Annichini, for a suit and coat; details of how Del Vivo teaches voice (June 3, 2016)

A trip to Bologna, Milan, etc.; I buy a new bike and see a horror photo of Nazis rounding up Italians on the seller’s wall (May 31, 2016)

My travels to Mantua, Verona, Padua, Venice, and Ferrara. Two entries for this date. (May 29, 2016)

Upset by seeing movie Rocco e I suoi Fratelli; details of what I saw on trip to Bologna (May 26, 2016)

My impressions of university lectures; visit to Farinata celebration with Ede and the Colonel.  (May 23, 2016)

Impressions of Perugia and the University for Foreigners (March 24,2016)


Alex Haley’s detective work in tracing his African slave ancestor, Kunta Kinte (November 15, 2020)

Eight good movies from my book, Home Study Projects: Captain Fantastic, Christine, Cinema Paradiso, The Duellists  (October 27, 2020)

Emily Carr, Canadian painter of the forests and West Coast aboriginals (Oct. 10, 2020)

Michael Moore on presidents’ falsehoods and how some of them supported dictators (Sept. 18, 2020)

Short table of contents; my offer to send readers a free chapter (pdf) (Sept. 12, 2020)

The story of Grey Owl, Englishman who took on the identity of an aboriginal; how he shared his cabin with beavers he raised (Sept.11, 2020)

How to write an essay without getting flustered and off-topic (Sept. 9, 2020)

How to teach students the art of analyzing a painting (Norman Rockwell)  (July 25, 2020)

Press release of  Home Study Projects and what girls should look for in a future mate (July 13, 2020)

On choosing a life’s partner wisely (June 30, 2020)

A chapter by chapter outline of Home Study Projects (June 20, 2020)

The movie, Casablanca, as reviewed by one of my students (May 13, 2020)

The Breakfast Club, a movie about senior high students. Two posts.  (May 13, 2020)

Outline of Chapter Seven (the conflicts of adolescence) (June 15, 2018)

Using musicals (West Side Story) to teach English (May 18, 2018)

My comments on Home Study Projects (Nov. 2, 2016)


Cinema Paradiso and La Boheme (May 30, 2018)

Oscar Wilde movie (May 4, 2018)

The Great Caruso (Sept. 2, 2010)

The Life of Verdi (produced by Radiotelevisione italiana)  March 24, 2016

How arias enrich movies (March 10, 2016)

Great movies about tangos (Feb. 12, 2016)


Sousa and Alford, a comparison of two great march composers (Feb. 3, 2019)

Vincent, a great song by Don McLean (July 30, 2018}

A few favorite pages from Prof. Stringham, p. 267 (June 24, 2018)

The art of playing the trumpet with delicacy and not blaring (June 5, 2018)

Charles Aznavour singing Hier Encore (Yesterday when I was young) with his ex-wife and

     daughter (May 9, 2018)

 Muerte de un torero, a wonderful painting by Cordero  (April 11, 2018)

My letters to the editor (Victoria Times-Colonist) (Sept. 20, 2016)

A joke about the Japanese kid, Suzuki,  with all the answers (July 8, 2016)

7 THE ETERNAL FOREST (George Godwin’s autobiography disguised as a novel)

Sample passages (May 25, 2018)

8 WHY STAY WE HERE? (George Godwin’s sequel to The Eternal Forest)

George Godwin’s sensitive book about his experiences in World War I (Sept. 9, 2016)

Introduction, rats, the publication Land and Water, the nature of physical courage, musings  on an abandoned boot (Feb. 12, 2016)


Japan’s New Order: Introduction and the opening page (a model of good historical writing, in my opinion (March 24, 2016)

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