In less than two weeks, the “world premiere” of a music video produced in part by students enrolled in my “The Nineteenth Century City” will happen. Today I took a group of photographs they took this semester to Jemison Van de Graaff Mansion, site of the premiere which will be held 5:30-6:30 pm December 3. Dr. Robert Mellown, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art History, will be our guest speaker.
Some of the students’ photos, which are seen here in my living room before I took them in, are in the video.
We are grateful for the press coverage. Yesterday the students did an interview on the University of Alabama’s 90.7 radio station and later, were interviewed by Crimson & White, the student newspaper.
During both interviews, I was so proud to hear them using words that feel now like buzz words for this course: “emerging urban life” and best of all “narrative” ( a word I like a lot perhaps because it serves as a bridge of sorts from my past life as a writer). In academe, it is a way to alternately free and contain a story, written and not. Speaking of which, I start editing their video next week using Imovie. Hoping it all comes out well. Ben Smith and Jess Leonard, two students in the course, promised to help, one as editor, another as narrator. One day at a time on it all.
If you’re on Twitter, stay in touch via #druidcityshow, which honors the video song’s “Druid City.” The song was recorded by Bible Study, a local band that is technically no more (or maybe not if the students’ video takes on a life of its own).