Just moments ago a student enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop” class sent me an email that gave me another reason to have hope amid the difficult headlines in recent months and even hours. He gave me permission to share his email below. Some background before I continue: The students were assigned to present… Continue reading what the world needs now….
One of the neat things about the mix tape and mix tape essay assignment for my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course is being introduced to music I’d hadn’t heard or paid much attention to before (loved “music is all we got” sentiment expressed in “All We Got” by Chance the Rapper… Continue reading mix tapes and essays graded. well done, students!
Yesterday the students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” undergraduate course turned in their mix “tapes” and mix tape essays that act as “soundtracks” for the plot in Lynda Barry’s “The Good Times Are Killing Me.” I often say I look forward to this or that and mean it, but… Continue reading mix “tapes” are now in
Special thanks to Molly Buffington, University of Alabama History major and Communications Committee intern, for taking many wonderful photographs at Monday night’s digital installation and book reading. I have taken to calling it the “Aug. 29 event.” Over the past month, I saved various digital files with that label on it. In truth, the spirit… Continue reading Photographs from Aug. 29 event
Last night’s event at Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center was wonderful even with all of the technology hiccups in the digital art installation. The highlight was sharing the playlist mix curated by students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” class. The actual mix, which narrates their own hypothetical road trip… Continue reading puttin’ it all in our rearview
In a little under an hour, I head to the second meeting for my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” class. This year, it’s a lecture. That means the performance part of teaching had better be thoughtfully presented. Or maybe I just want to survive the moment. We’re discussing technology in the postwar… Continue reading interview about Bebop to Hip Hop course
A student enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course stopped by today. He’s still thinking through how to approach his research paper on gun violence in the United States as seen in the work of two hip hop artists. I was pleased to see him recognize the reference to Tupac… Continue reading on roses and concrete…a commercial break