As I prep for “Music and Race in the UK,” a course I am scheduled to teach next summer in our Alabama at Oxford program, I have gone back and forth on whether to use Muscle Shoals in the course. After showing the documentary on the incredible music coming out of Alabama in the late… Continue reading muscle shoals
“What’s Going On?” That was an apt question in 1971 when Marvin Gaye released his pivotal album What’s Going On. It’s an apt question now. I am happy to share the video above tomorrow with my students as we turn to the Vietnam War and Counterculture movement. One of them told me today they’d fix… Continue reading mercy mercy me
You know it’s getting getting getting kinda hectic (Snap/The Power for us old skul types) when you are prepping for a new course called “Race and Music in the UK”, your first for your university’s Alabama at Oxford study abroad program, and a pile of books to be considered keeps getting taller and taller. How… Continue reading music and race in the uk
My sorority sister kindly pointed me to this video I’d earlier seen. Fitting as today is the 84th birthday of my late former father in law Grant Green. Happy Birthday, Grant! You’re keeping it funky!
I showed the rest of Jimi Hendrix: Electric church, a documentary, to my “American Civilization Since 1865” students who are interested in exploring the limitations and possibilities of postwar prosperity with the experiences of Hendrix, a guitarist who just happened to be African American, in mind. After class, I walked with a student who plans to… Continue reading electric church
We did it. This week, the students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and Young America” course at the University of Alabama presented their beats. This semester they were challenged to create a beat using software. We met at Gorgas Library several times. Along the way, they learned about the degree to which… Continue reading life is truly a mixtape
Today while grading papers, I saw not one, not two, but three blue jays outside my window. Their color reminds me of the pieces on found wood on which I have been working in between the usual on my plate. Both have a shade of blue that reminds me of the sea. The birds were… Continue reading on music, memphis and blue jays