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Recipient of the LLS 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Great musical artists embody their times, blending real roots and achievements with myth, acquiring legendary status as they create new styles of music and tell our story in sublime form. From the orchestral jazz of Paul Whiteman to the symphonic rock of Bruce Springsteen, from the naked soul of Etta James to the tuxedo'ed eloquence of Michael Crawford, from the teen-pop humor of Lieber & Stoller to the decades-long virtuosity of Eric Clapton, their songs and performances inspire us through the years.
This series will examine the work, biographies, and enduring importance of these legendary musical artists and attempt to sort myth from reality, with videos and excerpts from feature films, live performances, and a few surprises.
1. The Grand Tradition: Paul Whiteman, Branford & Wynton Marsalis
2. Birth Of The Blues: Ethel Waters, Dinah Washington, Etta James
3. From Broadway To The Brill Building: Frank Loesser, Lieber & Stoller
4. Love, Marriage & Pop Music: Fleetwood Mac, ABBA
5. They Call It Country: Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride
6. Shootout On The Big Stage: Theo Bikel, Patti Lupone, Michael Crawford
7. Still Rockin’: Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen
8. The Next Generation: Liza Minelli, Natalie Cole, Norah Jones
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 nine solo CDs, including 2011 releases "Songs Of Freedom" and "Dylan Jam +2" 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 The Magic Of Song.
A Brief Musical History Of The Beatles
with Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers
Beginning as an American-style rock and roll band, The Beatles earned world-wide acclaim in the 1960's for their own compositions, mini-symphonies of love, heartache, thrills, loss, and self-awareness that today have made them the world's top-selling recording act of all time. Their work has been performed by serious classicists and translated into nearly every major language. With each member destined to be an important figure in the musical world, their brilliant songs grew in depth as they matured, from clever and sweet to surreal and sophisticated, their lyrics captured both their time and our timeless feelings with melodies no singer can resist.
Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fresh perspective on The Beatles, and a fun and low-decibel tour through the lives, genius and great song-craft of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers:
Rod MacDonald, guitar, has ten CDs of his songs, including 2011’s Songs Of Freedom, as heard on WLRN’s Folk and Acoustic Music. He performs frequently in South Florida and throughout North America and Europe, and is a lifelong devotee of popular song. He has been an instructor with LLS since 2006.
Bill Meredith, drums, 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.
Stan Silverman, piano, studied classical music and theory at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Philadelphia Music Academy, but is better known for his work with the jazz bands Hook and The Johnny Panks Band.
Doug Lindsey, bass and vocals, has been playing in south Florida bands for 30 years.
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.”