Here is the second jazz etude for this year. This is the one that I composed:
This is our first time venturing into the world of video:
It is a rare occasion when I get to plug a CD that my mother is on. In fact, this is the first time ever. My mom, Ruth Lewis, sings with a number of local choirs in the Phoenix area. One of those choirs, the East Valley Chorale, recently recorded a CD titled Written in Red. It is very well done. I’m listening to it now, for the second time, while I do my morning chores.
I must say that I am proud of my mother. It’s not just that she stays busy. Of course that’s good for her too, but I am a firm believer in living a righteous life. She is one of the few people I can look up to as an example of someone who does just that. She has lived a life of selflessness, a life devoted to God, to her family, to her friends, and for that she has been blessed.
You know, now that I’m thinking about it, I’ll bet that most of the good she does in other people’s lives goes unrecognized. She is mostly a quiet woman who doesn’t boast about the good things she does for people. She just does them and often time she does them in secret.
I think my favorite track on the CD is How Great Thou Art. The arrangement begins with traditional four part writing and progresses to a more modern sort of Camp Kirkland sound. The entire CD presents a blend of traditional and commercial styles. All of it is sacred. All of it is pleasant to listen to.
The concept behind my All-State Prep book was to give the aspiring student everything he or she needed to work on during the months after solo contest and before the next year’s audition music is announced. These are typically the months when students practice the least, which is unfortunate because it is the only time today’s high school students have to work on their playing in a more general way. It is the only time of the year when what they practice isn’t dictated by the band’s agenda.
Staying true to the objective, the etudes in All-State Prep are short. The idea was to limit the length of the etudes while staying focused on the skill to be learned. In that way, the book is a success.
Although the main focus is on preparing students for the All-State music, I have been using it with all of my students who reach that level of playing. It is not a book about competition. It is a book about preparation. Eventually it will be replaced in my lessons by another project we are working on, but for now it seems to be working well. All-State prep has served as a model for several future projects.
Orchestra Opens Rehearsal Night To Public Before Movie Debuts
MUSIC LOVERS…COME OUT AND LISTEN TO LEGENDS IN ACTION!
CONRAD JOHNSON 16 PIECE ORCHESTRA!
TUESDAY AUGUST 16, 2011 * 7:30-10:00 PM
In pre-preparation of the soon to be released movie “Thunder Soul” presented by Jamie Foxx…. chronicling the life of Houston’s own “CONRAD (Prof) Johnson and KASHMERE HIGH SCHOOL 1968-1988 Students, the legendary “CONRAD JOHNSON ORCHESTRA” has opened their rehearsal night to the public to memorialize and pay tribute to Conrad O. Johnson and Barry Lee Hall.
Hosted by: Obidike Kamau – KPFT 90.1 FMRadio Personality and TSU Professor
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$10.00 Donation * Seating: First come * Refreshments Available *
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This is an exciting event. I wish I could attend. I cannot, but I wanted to pass on the announcement so others would know about it.