Poetry Of Blues
The "We're Playing Blues" compilation
CD is part of a larger Gualala Arts In The Schools Poetry of Blues"
Partnership Project between Artists Nelson Lunding and Blake More and
teachers Bippy McMaster, Jim Lieberman, and Justin Hughey. 2nd through
8th graders from Pacific Community Charter School, 5th & 6th graders
at Horicon School, and 8th graders at Arena Middle School learned the
historical roots of American music and discovered that poetry and music
have a powerful cultural impact, especially as a means of enabling creative
expression and enacting social change.
During the course of three weeks, students took their ideas and turned them into original 12 bar blues songs (such as "Rocks in my Shoes", "Our Bus Life" "Soap Opera School"). , which were then arranged by Nelson Lunding and sung by the authoring students. All work was recorded onto DAT with a single microphone in a "studio" (i.e. the nurses quarters at Horicon & the Superintendent's office at the Point Arena School District Office), and these recordings were compiled into five orignal "classroom" CDs. This is a sampling of the original CDs.
A partnership between Gualala Arts and seven Sonoma and Mendocino Coast schools, Gualala Arts In The Schools connects local artists with classroom teachers and provides multicultural performing arts programs for our schools and community. We aspire to make arts an integral component of youth education; support the creative collaboration between artists and teachers; and provide a model for integrating arts into the curriculum. Our thanks to the Redwood Coast Education Foundation for funding the production of "We're Playing Blues."
But since the project was sponsored by
California Arts Council and the Gualala Art Center, so unfortunately,
it is at risk due to the California budget cuts (in fact the project lost
some of its promised funding midway through the year). To bring in some
extra funds for this non-profit program, we have created a "best
of" compilation CD. It is entitled "We're Playing Blues",
and it is a guaranteed smile. It is available for $15.00. To request a
copy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horicon Class CD
Pacific Community Charter School 2-3 Class CD
Pacific Community Charter School 3-5 Class CD
Pacific Community Charter School 6-8 Class CD
We're Playing Blues Compilation CD