Category: music

At the movies with Russell Crowe in Les Misérables

The last time I saw a production of Les Misérables was in London, 2007. Before that, it was 1995 in Chicago. In the late 80s, when it first came out on Broadway, apparently I played the soundtrack a lot in the car. I used… Continue Reading “At the movies with Russell Crowe in Les Misérables”

Yes, Rush me Genesis

No one disputes that The Beatles or Rolling Stones aren’t iconic. Did you know that Rush formed in 1968 and is third behind them by amassing 24 gold records and 14 platinum records? They are the best export from Canada, starring bassist/tenor Geddy Lee,… Continue Reading “Yes, Rush me Genesis”

The Roaring 20s, Donnie Iris, and 2032–What Will Be Classic?

In class recently, my students and I dove into the “Roaring 20s” and concentrated on all that Jazz. Hail to Billie and Ella and the Duke! What fun to introduce students to the Cotton Club, Bessie Smith, and Louis Armstrong. Each year, I am… Continue Reading “The Roaring 20s, Donnie Iris, and 2032–What Will Be Classic?”