Wednesday, January 31, 2007

assignment for monday, feb. 5:
listen to the sound files posted:

these are two songs from the concert at the half note that nisenson talks about in the introduction and preface.

write a one page paper on your reaction to the music.
what does this sound like to you?

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


They all need bibliographies. for friday i want a bibliography listing all sources alphabetically by author (MLA style)
go online and look up MLA style.

you should be finished with the Baraka by now. we're going to come back to the last chapter, so keep the book handy.
the next book is the Coltrane Biography by Nisenson. (see below)

for this week:
Read the acknowledgments, preface, and introduction to: Ascension: John Coltrane and his Quest by Eric Nisenson

vocab: hyperbole, hubris, apocalyptic

discussion question:
what is nisenson's opinion of john coltrane and how does it contrast with others'?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

just a heads up:
the next book we're reading is:
Ascension: John Coltrane and his Quest by Eric Nisenson

use the long weekend to finish Blues People by Baraka.
the last 30 pages or so tie directly into the Coltrane Biography.

Monday, January 15, 2007

assignment for tuesday, jan. 16:

Rough draft of term paper due by friday!!!!!!!!!

read pp. 191 - 213 in baraka. (finish the book by friday)

vocab: hegemony, indelibly, coup de grace, covet, dubious, bucolic, kitsch, proclivities, ubiquitous, languid, tepid

discussion questions:
what are the similarities between: miles davis/dizzy gillespie, paul whiteman/stan kenton
how does language help to create a subculture? (pp. 200-202)
what does baraka argue on p. 200 about the function of music?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

assignment for thursday, jan 11:
read pp. 166 - 191 in Baraka (you should probably be finished with the book)

vocab: anathema, caricature, egalitarinism, sophistry, vertiginous, lugubrious, parochial

on p. 174, what is the relationship between vulgarity and authenticity or "the real"?
what was the origin of be-bop?
do white Americans still assimilate elements of negro speech? (p. 187)

Monday, January 01, 2007

assignments for the new year!:
hopefully you have used the long break to catch up on previous work. as of now, i should have 3 papers by each of you in addition to vocab. starting next week you'll be working on one more long paper.
you'll each be writing a 3-5 page research paper on a topic i'll give you.
come by Immaculata next week to pick up a form for it. it'll be due 2 weeks from friday.

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