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Music Americana: Legends Of Popular Music
Great musical artists embody their times, blending real roots and achievements with myth, acquiring legendary status along the way. From the swinging solos of Louis Armstrong to the soaring harmonies of the Eagles, from the sophisticated romance of Cole Porter to the vocal eloquence of Renee Fleming, from the timely brilliance of the Smothers Brothers to the decades-long virtuosity of Paul McCartney, their songs and performances inspire us through the years.
This course will re-examine the work, biographies and enduring importance of legendary musical artists of our time, and attempt to sort myth from reality, using updated videos and excerpts from feature films, live performances and a few surprises.
When Jazz Was Pops: Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby
The Beauty Of A Song: Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael
Dueling Divas: Billie Holliday, Diana Ross, Lady Sings The Blues
Growing Pains: Bobby Darin, The Monkees
The Music Of Laughter: Victor Borge, Smothers Brothers, Steve Martin
Sunshine Supermen: The Beachboys, CSN & Y, The Eagles
Curtain Call: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Renee Fleming
After The Fall: Lennon, Harrison, Starr, McCartney
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.
SONGS THAT MADE HISTORY
LLS Performance Lecture 12/13 (Boca Raton),
Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers
While most popular songs come along at the right time, some songs define their times; and as they are performed through the years by great singers, we remember those moments when they captured our hearts, and where we were, and what it meant to us. These are songs that make history, and shape our culture through the years.
Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fresh perspective on ”Songs That Made History,” a fun and low-decibel tour through the genius and lasting legacies of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Paul Simon and other classic songwriters, as performed through the years by Streisand, Sinatra, Louis, Cab, Elvis, The Beatles, Aretha, Whitney, and many more.
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.”