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 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.”

Learn more about Rod at www.rodmacdonald.net.


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.

Four Lectures
  1. The Songs of Jerry Herman — “Mame,” “Hello Dolly,” “La Cage Aux Folles.” The life and work of this great Broadway composer.
  2. Behind the Scenes — “All My Loving”, “Charlie is My Darling,” “Monterey Pop.” Acclaimed 1960s documentaries reveal the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and other artists. “This is just great; absolutely what we meant,” said Paul McCartney of All My Loving.
  3. T-Bone Burnett — Producing Traditional Music for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Cold Mountain,” “Walk The Line,” “Inside Llewelyn Davis’ and numerous other films.
  4. Rediscovering the Lost — “Buena Vista Social Club,” “Searching for Sugarman.” Artists seemingly forgotten by time, restored to the public in brilliant form by documentary work.
Course # S4T4 — Four Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Tuesdays — March 25; April 1, 8, 15
  Time:2:15—3:45 p.m.
  Fee:$34/member; $54/non-member