Begins January 2018: Jupiter (T 1/9), BR (W 1/10)
Course information on LLS website: Boca Raton Jupiter
Music Americana:Instructor Rod MacDonald
In Search Of Greatness 3
Recipient of the LLS 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award
From sheer talent, pioneering a new direction, or outselling all their rivals, a few artists are widely regarded as foremost practitioners of their art. Their songs are legendary through the years, their styles imitated but never surpassed, and their triumphs and losses are brilliantly conveyed through their music. From the royal swing of the Duke to the soulful blues of Van Morrison; from the quiet warmth of Johnny Mathis to the bouyant pop of Alicia Keys; from the legendary classicism of Segovia and Horowitz to the soaring lyricism of Leonard Cohen, great artists inspire us in our time, and set the standard for future generations of musical performers.
This course will examine the work, biographies and enduring importance of these musical artists, and attempt to sort myth from reality, using updated videos and excerpts from feature films, live performances and a few surprises.
1. By Request: Duke Ellington, Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante
2. The Giants: Andres Segovia, Vladimir Horowitz
3. Classic Voices: Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Mathis
4. Truth To Power: Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Chapin
5. How Can I Keep From Singing: Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon
6. Into The Mystic: George Harrison, Van Morrison
7. Religion On Broadway: Fiddler On The Roof, Book Of Mormon
8. Poets And Muses: Leonard Cohen, Alicia Keys
Biographical Information: Rod MacDonald began his career as a singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1973. He has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 11 solo CDs, including the 2014 releases "Later That Night" and "Big Tent" with Big Brass Bed. He performs at festivals and in clubs and concerts locally and throughout North America and Europe, and was named Best Local Acoustic Performer in Broward and Palm Beach counties by New Times, and one of the Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach Post. An instructor with LLS since 2006, his previous series include Folksinging in Modern Times, The Great American Songbook, The Roots of Rock & Roll, and Mastery Of The Art.
with Rod MacDonald &
The Acoustic Band
Thursday April 5, 2018 7 pmFrom its beginnings as a British colony to the turbulent present, the people of the United States have battled to expand mankind’s freedoms from oppressive governments, religions, human slavery and poverty. And this struggle has been expressed in song: from the revolutionary War-era “Yankee Doodle” to the Civil Rights movement, from Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times” to the labor movement, and from “The Battle Hymn Of The Republic” to the anti-war 1960s and the fake news 2000s, singers and songwriters tell the story of freedom.
Jupiter LLS Auditorium
Join Rod MacDonald and The Acoustic Band for a fun and low-decibel tour through the history, humor and passion of America’s freedom songs.
Rod MacDonald, guitar, grew up in the Greenwich Village folk scene, and has made 11 CDs of his songs, including 2014’s Later That Night. Named Best Local Acoustic Artist by New Times, he performs locally in South Florida and throughout North America and Europe, and is an instructor with LLS since 2006.
Bill Meredith, percussion, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the US and Canada, and appears on more than a dozen CDs.
John Smotherman, lead guitar, plays with Big Brass Bed, Illumination and several Palm Beach County bands. His exquisite solos caused the Palm Beach Post to label him one of the “Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County.”
Bill Walach, mandolin has been performing traditional tunes since the 1960s in New England, and has collected Quebec fiddle tunes and recorded a cd of experimental music for mandolin and tuba. He and Rod first played together in 1973 in Connecticut, and appear together each St Patrick’s Day at Paddy Mac’s in Palm Beach Gardens.