Rainy night in Ttown. Jammin with Noname
Today I will give one of my favorite lectures for the American Civilization Since 1865 class: the Roaring Twenties. It’s a great chance to show the tensions between the great art being created in that decade and the artistic works we hear today. I will, among other things, address the arrival of jazz via the… Continue reading roar
This morning, while I fight with my iPhone (need to go to the Apple Store and get a replacement battery. After that last upgrade, I think this is my last iPhone) I am prepping for class and thinking over so much that has occurred. Thinking through what’s still ahead. And while I sort through it… Continue reading musings
Happy Dance. Grades have been submitted for my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and Young America” class. I was struck by the question that most students decided to answer for the essay portion on the final exam. When given a choice to write about 1) whether Bob Marley is a messy postwar story; 2)… Continue reading reflecting on a final exam question
It’s been a week since a link to the full length version of “The Grant Green Story,” a film about the late jazz guitarist, was shared. The documentary is now available for free on Youtube in three parts. The first is below. Enjoy.
Yesterday students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and Young America” class visited Gorgas Library. The library is located here at the University of Alabama. They learned a bit more about sampling, or taking sounds from existing music, in order to create beats. The visit provided a way for them to also become… Continue reading On Beat
Today I showed the students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course the first 45 minutes of Beyonce’s 2016 “Lemonade” visual album. I feel like I am way behind because this work has been analyzed quite a bit since its release. But I haven’t seen it peeled apart in the… Continue reading messy postwar moments return