LLS Jupiter Distinguished Faculty Award 2012
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 ten solo CDs including “Songs Of Freedom” and “Dylan Jam + 2” 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.”
A Brief History of the Beatles
Beginning as an American-style rock and roll band, the Beatles earned worldwide acclaim in the 1960s for their own compositions, mini-symphonies of love, heartache, thrills, loss, and self-awareness that today have made them the world’s top-selling recording act of all time, their work performed by serious classicists and translated into nearly every major language. With each member destined to be an important figure in the world of music, their brilliant songs grew in depth as they matured, from clever and sweet to surreal and sophisticated, with lyrics that capture both their time and our timeless feelings, and melodies no singer can resist.
Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fresh perspective on The Beatles, a fun and low-decibel tour through the lives, genius and great songcraft of John, Paul, George & Ringo.
Wine and Wisdom: Remembering Greenwich Village
Lifelong Learning Jupiter is proud to present the next chapter in our lecture series, Wine and Wisdom. These special one-time lectures are limited to 40 students to create a more intimate classroom environment, focus more on conversation and interaction and give students greater access to LLS instructors.
Before coming to Florida in 1995, Rod MacDonald spent two decades in the Greenwich Village, NY music scene, recording his first LPs and CDs, headlining clubs, working with artists he grew up admiring and co-founding the Greenwich Village Folk Festival. Though his “Music Americana” course presents a history of popular music, Rod will instead discuss his own beginnings as a performer in the famously Bohemian world of New York’s music underground, as described in his upcoming novel, “The Open Mike.” And, probably, he’ll sing a song or two.
Music Americana: A Century in Song
Brilliant musical artists, drawing from classic and primitive sources and their imaginations, create the popular and profound sounds and songs of our time. What endures?
From the new American lyricism of Rogers & Hart to the “Girl from Ipanema” of Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, from the swingin’ harmonies of the Boswell sisters to the experimental jazz of Dave Brubeck, from the patriotic Aaron Copeland to the worldly Leonard Cohen, great artists transcend categories and popularity, their music singing through the years.
This course will examine the early and recent work, biographies and enduring importance of these legendary musical artists, with new videos and films, live performances and a few surprises.
Music Americana: A Century in Song
Film portrayal of music and musicians is a complex art, often dependent on live performance, but also a subject for films with questions to ask and stories to tell, fictional or real. Whether presenting songs from the stage, re-creating the authentic music of a lavish film production or discovering real musicians in their element, the artists behind music films brings a new understanding to the music.