art reception tonight at NY Public Library

Red in Green

As mentioned two blog entries ago, I created a piece that will be in the “Drawing Set,” a group show that organized by the Esopus Foundation in New York and Marco Maggi. The reception is tonight. Wish I could be there. It was great to see the other works which are on display at this link.

My piece receives inspiration from the life of the late  jazz guitarist Grant Green, subject of an upcoming documentary on which I worked.

Meanwhile, I look forward to today’s classes. In “American Civilization to 1865,” we will continue discussing the early days of European exploration.

I will also give them some hints on how to complete their mixtape playlist that addresses course content. Touched by the passing of Steely Dan’s Walter Becker, I created a mix of Steely Dan tunes and songs sampling their work and found lyrics that would work in an essay. The lyrics are not always in the audio mix, which was designed mainly to showcase the songs themselves.

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, co-founders of rock-jazz band Steely Dan.

I’ll share the six minute mix with my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” students who are learning about postwar life via music. They are especially attuned to the messiness of postwar life as seen in ongoing challenges alongside obvious progress. Those students are charged with creating a beat with a classmate by December. This Thursday, they return to Gorgas Library to start this assignment after a cool tutorial last week.

Meanwhile, prayers up for folks hit by Harvey and those in the path of Irma, among them my friends and family in Florida.

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