Begins October 28 (Jupiter), November 10 (BR) 4 weeks!
Music Americana:Instructor Rod MacDonald
The Music Of Modern Times
Recipient of the LLS 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award
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 Brown to the spectaculars of Bocell, 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.
The Wisdom: Leonard Bernstein, Arlo Guthrie
The Motown Women: The Marvelettes, Supremes, Martha & Gladys
The Wordsmiths: Stephen Sondheim, Jackson Brown
The Next Wave: Andrea Bocelli, Shakira, Ariana Grande
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.
on LLS website: Boca
The Songs of Ray Charles
& Stevie Wonder
Rod & The Humdingers
Pioneers of soul, funk, country and popular music, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder brought their unique genius to such classics as “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” and “Hallelujah I Love Her So”, “Ma Cherie Amour,” “Superstition,” “Living For The City,” “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,” and many others. Both superb and creative keyboardists, and Wonder a renowned harmonica player, their soulful and joyful music lives on.
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.”
Songs of Bob Dylan
Once dubbed “The Voice of His Generation” by the press, Bob Dylan turns 80 in 2021, and is the only songwriter ever to win the Nobel prize for Literature. From the Civl Rights-era anthem “Blowing In The Wind” through “Like A Rolling Stone” --#1 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs List—to winning Grammies in 1980 for Best Gospel Recording and 1998 for Album Of The Year, he has set the pace with style and substance for six decades.
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.