Lectures

Lifelong Learning Society, Florida Atlantic University

Jupiter, FL
Place: Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Email: ollijupiter@fau.edu Phone: 561-799-8547

Friedberg Auditorium
Osher/FAU Lifelong Learning
777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL
561-297-3185    olliboca@fau.edu

 

Osher/FAU Lifelong Learning
Boca Raton, FL
561-297-3185   olliboca@fau.edu

 Music Americana:
The Music Of Modern Times

Wednesdays @  3:00 pm
August 25, September 1, 22, 29

With melody, a sound, and a lyric, great artists find themselves
on the leading edge of their own times.
From the hip classics of “West Side Story” to the romantic teens of Motown;
from the profound ramblings of Arlo to the insights of Sondheim;
from the laid-back Jackson Browne to the spectaculars of Bocelli, Shakira, and Grande,
songwriters, musicians and singers tell our story in song.
This series will examine the work, biographies and enduring
importance of these musical artists, with videos and excerpts
from feature films, live performances and a few surprises.
Four lectures:
8/25 The Wisdom: Leonard Bernstein, Arlo Guthrie
9/1 The Motown Women: The Marvelettes, Supremes,
Martha & Gladys
9/22 The Wordsmiths: Stephen Sondheim, Jackson Brown
9/29 The Next Wave: Andrea Bocelli, Shakira, Ariana Grande

Instructor Rod MacDonald
Recipient of the LLS 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award

Rod MacDonald began his career as a singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1973. He has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 12 solo CDs, including the 2020 release "Boulevard". He performs at festivals and in clubs and concerts locally and throughout North America and Europe, and was named Best Local Acoustic Performer in Broward and Palm Beach counties by 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, The Roots of Rock & Roll, and Mastery Of The Art.

To register
561-297-3185   olliboca@fau.edu

The Songs of
The Class Of 1941

with Rod & The Humdingers

Wednesday, December 2 @ 7 pm
Lifelong Learning Complex, FAU Jupiter campus
(561) 799 - 8547 or ollijupiter@fau.edu
Wednesday, December 8 @ 7 pm
Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium,
FAU Boca Raton Campus
(561) 297-3185   
olliboca@fau.edu

 The year 1941 was a banner year for music stars, with those celebrating an 80th birthday in 2021 including Little Anthony (of the Imperials), Joan Baez, Neil Diamond, Aaron Neville, Sergio Mendes, Brian Holland & Lamont Dozier (Motown writers Lamont-Dozier-Holland), Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mike Pender (lead singer The Searchers), Mike Love (The Beach Boys), Graham Edge & Mike Pinder (The Moody Blues), Ann-Margaret, Eric Burdon (The Animals), Bob Dylan, Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones), Shirley Owens (The Shirelles), Martha Reeves (Martha & The Vandellas), George Clinton (Parliament Funkadelic), Darlene Love, David Crosby (The Byrds, CSNY), Jackie DeShannon, Chubby Checker, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Otis Williams (The Temptations), Jesse Colin Young (The Youngbloods), Pete Best (The Beatles’ original drummer), and Bobby Elliott (The Hollies).
Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel celebration of the lifetime of music the class of 1941 has given us, as told in their songs.

Rod MacDonald has 13 CDs of his songs, including 2020’s Boulevard, performs frequently in South Florida and throughout North America and Europe, and is a lifelong devotee of popular song. He has been an instructor with LLS since 2006.

Bill Meredith, drums, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the US and Canada, and appears on more than a dozen CDs.

Brad Keller, keyboards, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Maynard Ferguson and the Ink Spots, is the jazz piano instructor at Palm Beach State College and has taught music in Palm Beach County public schools for twenty years. He is also the co-author of the “Jazz Cats” books used internationally to introduce young students to jazz.

Doug Lindsey, bass and vocals, has been playing in south Florida bands for 30 years.

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 Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County.”

Biographical Information:

Rod MacDonald began his career as a singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1973. He has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 12 solo CDs, including the 2018 release "Beginning Again". He performs at festivals and in clubs and concerts locally and throughout North America and Europe, and was named Best Local Acoustic Performer in Broward and Palm Beach counties by 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, The Roots of Rock & Roll, and Mastery Of The Art.

Past Classes

Music Americana:
A Lifetime Of Song

Instructor Rod MacDonald
Recipient of the LLS 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award

From sheer talent, breaking new ground, or outselling their rivals, a few artists are foremost practitioners of their art. Their work is legendary, their styles imitated, but never surpassed, their triumphs and losses brilliantly conveyed in their music. From the deep baritone of Paul Robeson to the crystalline harmonies of Crosby, Stills & Nash; from the Gulag-defying symphonies of Shostakovich to the rock operas of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody; from the intense lyricism of Bob Dylan to the lyric soul of Nina Simone, great artists rise above their peers and critics to tell our story.

This course will 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.

1. More Than a Song - Paul Robeson, Dimitri Shostakovich
2. Historic Voices - Marian Anderson, Maria Callas
3. The Words Of Poets - Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan
4. The Great Story - “A Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody”
5. The Great Story - Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder
6. The Sweetest Sound - Crosby, Stills & Nash, Rod Stewart
7. The New Broadway Musical - Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon, Hadestown
8. No Time For Crying - Nina Simone, Mavis Staples

When the Beatles broke up in 1970, they were the top-selling band in history, and still are. The four members, not yet 30, then went on to successful solo careers, each topping the charts on his own. While George Harrison expressed his spiritual yearnings in “Isn’t It a Pity” and John Lennon tried to “Imagine” a different world, Paul McCartney became the biggest-selling songwriter of all time with such pop classics as “Live And Let Die,” and Ringo Starr led his All-Starr Band on “It Don’t Come Easy” tours.

Join Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel tour through the lives, music and genius of these unique artists, as told in their songs.

Rod MacDonald, guitar, has 12 CDs of his songs, including 2018’s Beginning Again, as heard on WLRN’s Folk and Acoustic Music. He performs frequently in South Florida and throughout North America and Europe, and is a lifelong devotee of popular song. He has been an instructor with LLS since 2006.

Bill Meredith, drums, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the US and Canada, and appears on more than a dozen CDs.

Brad Keller, keyboards, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Maynard Ferguson and the Ink Spots, is the jazz piano instructor at Palm Beach State College and has taught music in Palm Beach County public schools for twenty years. He is also the co-author of the “Jazz Cats” books used internationally to introduce young students to jazz.

Doug Lindsey, bass and vocals, has been playing in south Florida bands for 30 years.

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 Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County.”

Breaking in as a Nashville songwriter with hits like “Nightlife” and “Crazy” (the most played song in the history of American jukeboxes), Willie Nelson rose to popularity by transcending country music with his jazz-inflected guitar and such classic songs as “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,” “On The Road Again,” “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” and “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” A sophisticated musician and gentle singer, his multi-platinum album of jazz standards, “Blue Skies,” is among the top collections of the Great American Songbook.

Join Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel tour through the life, music and genius of this legend of American music, as told in his songs.

Rod MacDonald, guitar, has 12 CDs of his songs, including 2018’s Beginning Again, as heard on WLRN’s Folk and Acoustic Music. He performs frequently in South Florida and throughout North America and Europe, and is a lifelong devotee of popular song. He has been an instructor with LLS since 2006.

Bill Meredith, drums, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the US and Canada, and appears on more than a dozen CDs.

Brad Keller, keyboards, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Maynard Ferguson and the Ink Spots, is the jazz piano instructor at Palm Beach State College and has taught music in Palm Beach County public schools for twenty years. He is also the co-author of the “Jazz Cats” books used internationally to introduce young students to jazz.

Doug Lindsey, bass and vocals, has been playing in south Florida bands for 30 years.

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 Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County.”

To help us all through these times, these cds are $5 (minimum 2 cds/$10

No Commercial Traffic (NCT) / And Then He Woke Up (TWU) / Into The Blue (ITB) / Recognition (R) / A Tale Of Two Americas (TTA) / After The War (ATW)

---Songs Of Freedom (SOF), Later That Night (LTN), Beginning Again (BA), or archival cds/dvs are $10 each. "Live In Germany" (DVD)