FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Rod MacDonald
LLS Jupiter Distinguished Faculty Award 2012 
 

Music Appreciation

Rod MacDonald began his career as a singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village, NY in 1973. He has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 11 solo CDs including 2014's "Later That Night" and "Big Tent" with the band Big Brass Bed. He performs in festivals, clubs and concerts locally and throughout North America and Europe, and was named “Best Local Acoustic Performer” in Broward and Palm Beach counties by The New Times and “one of the ten magnificent musicians of Palm Beach County” by the Palm Beach Post. An instructor with LLS since 2006, his previous series include “Folksinging in Modern Times,” “The Great American Songbook” and “The Roots of Rock and Roll.”

Learn more about Rod at www.rodmacdonald.net.


Music Americana
The Search For Inspiration

Brilliant musical artists, drawing from classic and primitive sources and their imaginations, create the popular and profound sounds and songs of our time. What inspires them, and what moves us to reveal our secret hearts in return?

From Jule Styne’s politically incorrect “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” and the late 40s cool of George Shearing, to the 1960s passion of Hair; from Mann & Weils’s “Who Put The Bomp” through the Bergmans’ “The Way We Were” to the sublime guitar of Dire Straits’ “Sultans Of Swing”; from the world- beat hipness of Herbie Hancock to the epic emotion of "Les Misérables;" from the honesty of Bernadette Peters to the glorious acoustic orchestra of Mumford & Sons, great music transcends categories and popularity, singing directly to us through the years.

This course will examine the early and recent work, biographies and enduring importance of these musical artists and works, with new videos and films, live performances and a few surprises.

Eight Lectures
  1. The First British Invasion — Jule Styne, George Shearing
  2. The Gracious Host — Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Williams
  3. The Hit Songwriters — Marilyn & Alan Bergman
  4. At the Piano — Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock
  5. The Sound Of Love — Darlene Love, Dionne Warwick, Bernadette Peters
  6. Guitar Heroes — Glenn Campbell, Mark Knopfler & Dire Straits
  7. The Modern Musical — "Hair"; "Les Misérables"
  8. The 21st Century — Mumford & Sons
Course # F8T3 — Full 8 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Tuesdays — October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 18, 25; December 2, 9 — No Class November 11
  Time:2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  Fee:$68 / member; $98 / non-member
 
Course # F4T4 — Last 4 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Tuesdays — November 18, 25; December 2, 9
  Time:2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  Fee:$34 / member; $54 / non-member
The Songs of Paul Simon
With Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers

From his teenage years as a would-be rock and roll star, through worldwide renown with Simon & Garfunkel, to a Grammy-winning solo career combining folk, jazz, African and South American music with his own brilliant lyrics of love, loss, and discovery, Paul Simon has been at the forefront of songwriting for fifty years. His genius at bringing together his most personal and profound thoughts with inspired, powerful music is why the Library of Congress awarded him the very first Gershwin Prize, for a lifetime of achievement in
musical expression and cultural understanding. Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel tour through the life and genius of Paul Simon, with some of the most loved songs of our lifetime.

Biographical Information:
  • Rod MacDonald, guitar/vocal, performs frequently in South Florida, throughout North America and Europe, and is a lifelong devotee of popular song. An instructor with FAU Lifelong Learning since 2006, his current series is Music Americana. His newest — and eleventh — CD of his own music, “Later That Night”, was released in June 2014; he has also made three CDs with Big Brass Bed.
  • Bill Meredith, drums, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He’s toured throughout the US and Canada, and appears on more than a dozen CDs.
  • Stan Silverman, piano, studied classical music and theory at the New England Conservatory of Music and Philadelphia Music Academy, but is better known for his work with the jazz bands Hook and The Johnny Panks Band.
  • Doug Lindsey, bass, performs with the Mario LaCasse Band and several Palm Beach County groups.
  • John Smotherman, lead guitar, plays with Big Brass Bed, Illumination and several Palm Beach County bands. His exquisite solos caused the Palm Beach Post to label him one of the “Ten Magnifcent Musicians of Palm Beach County.”


Opening performance # WPM1
Register early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Monday, January 5, 2015
  Time:7:00—8:30 p.m.
  Fee:$25/member; $35/non-member; Buy any four opening week classes for $75 (members-only)
Music Americana
The Legacy of Popular Music

Great musical artists turn roots, tradition and inspiration into new songs, speaking for us through wars, social changes, technology growth, into a new century. From Harry Warren’s “At Last” and “Lullaby Of Broadway” to Elton John’s ”Your Song” and “Candle In the Wind,” from the Everly Brothers’ plaintive harmonies to the worldly explorations of Yo Yo Ma, from the emotional depth of Nina Simone to the plucky heroines of 21st Century Disney films, music and song cut a trail through the wilderness, deepening our understanding of our time. This course will re-examine the work, biographies and enduring importance of these musical artists, and attempt to sort myth from reality, using updated videos and excerpts from feature films, live performances and a few surprises

Eight Lectures
  1. Hit Songs From Film: Harry Warren, Yip Harburg, Henry Mancini
  2. To Jazz Or Not To Jazz: Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Diana Krall
  3. Let It Be Love: Everly Brothers, Carole King
  4. Songwriting Singers: Donovan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart
  5. Behind The Curtain: Julie Andrews, Marni Nixon, Alison Krause
  6. The Art of Reinvention: Tony Bennett, Elton John
  7. The Cutting Edge: Pat Metheny, Yo Yo Ma, Lady Gaga
  8. The Rebirth Of Disney: The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Frozen
Course # W8T7 — Eight Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Tuesdays — January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3
  Time:3:45—5:15 p.m.
  Fee:$68/member; $98/non-member