My love of music and my years in the music industry as a songwriter, producer and music executive have given me insights and personal stories that I love to share. My lectures include classes on Rock & Roll, Broadway, The Great American Songbook**, and much more.
“THE ‘70s: The Decade of the Singer-Songwriter"
Even though many people think of the ‘70s as the decade of Disco music, the truth is, the Disco craze really didn’t take hold until the end of the ‘70s. Throughout the decade, it was the singer/songwriter that dominated. Paul Simon, Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Elton John, Tom Petty and Billy Joel were just some of these brilliant artists that emerged as superstars, selling records at a pace never before imaginable.
When the ‘70s began, Simon & Garfunkel were on top of the music charts with “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Throughout the decade Paul Simon continued to produce brilliant, groundbreaking Folk-Rock albums as a solo artist - he wasn’t alone.
This course will be an in-depth look at the careers of all of the singer/songwriters of the period, as well as the excitement, the excesses and the tragedies of the 1970s.
Every Tuesday, 10:00AM to 12:00PM (Pacific Time) beginning June 29th through August 3rd (As of now, this class will be presented in person according to CDC guidelines but is subject to change)
Calabasas Senior Center, 300 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA
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"The Broadway Genius of Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser and Jerry Herman"
Only a select few in the annals of American popular music have successfully accomplished the daunting task of both composing music and writing lyrics. Irving Berlin and Cole Porter were the first.
In this course, we take a look at the two gifted sons of immigrants who took up the torch: Frank Loesser and the man he mentored, Jerry Herman. Loesser’s Guys & Dolls, Most Happy Fella, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying delighted audiences throughout the ‘50s and into the ‘60s. Herman’s Hello Dolly, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles brought audiences to their feet into the ‘80s. Acclaimed revivals of their shows continue into the 21st Century.
We also look at the man who was affectionately called Lenny by millions of his admirers: Leonard Bernstein, who was a one-of-a-kind genius. We focus on his Broadway contributions consisting of On the Town, Wonderful Town and his masterpiece, West Side Story. If you’re a fan of Broadway musicals, this course should give you what you’ve been missing.
Every Wednesday, 1:00PM to 3:00PM (Pacific Time) beginning September 22nd through October 27th (As of now, this class will be presented in person according to CDC guidelines and remotely on Zoom but is subject to change)
UCLA Extension Gayley Center, 1145 Gayley Avenue, Los Angeles
Every Wednesday 1:00PM to 3:00PM
(Link for registration will be available 6 weeks before course begins)
**People have asked what songwriters and singers are featured in the four volumes of “The Great American Songbook”. Here’s a list:
The Songwriters: Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Rodgers & Hart.
The Singers: Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Eddie Fisher, Bobby Darin and Andy Williams.
The Songwriters: Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn, Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn.
The Singers: Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Mel Tormé, Tony Martin, Rosemary Clooney, The Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller and more.
The Songwriters: Harold Arlen, Burton Lane, George M. Cohan, Dorothy Fields, Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh, DeSylva, Brown & Henderson, Mack Gordon, Alan & Marilyn Bergman.
The Singers: Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis, Jr., Perry Como, Dean Martin, Frankie Laine, Johnny Ray and a look at some big bands such as Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and more.
Volume 4 (Coming in 2022):
The Songwriters: Harry Warren, Duke Ellington, Leo Robin, Yip Harburg, Livingston & Evans, Paul Francis Webster, Henry Mancini, Vernon Duke, Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby, Walter Donaldson, Ned Washington, Frank Loesser and Jules Styne.
The Singers: Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé, The Mills Brothers, Billie Holiday, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Peggy Lee and a wrap up of any songwriters or singers we’ve missed along the way.
All of the songwriters mentioned above have given us some of the best music the world has ever known.