Learning to Listen to The Doors

Roger Dumas Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore released “The Doors” in January of 1967. The LP might not have changed my life if, at the time, I had just listened a little closer… I was turning 16. The only thing I wanted for my birthday was this band’s debut psychedelic rock LP, although I had only ever heard the edited version of “Light My Fire” on...
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Learning to Listen to The Doors

Roger Dumas Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore released “The Doors” in January of 1967. The LP might not have changed my life if, at the time, I had just listened a little closer… I was turning 16. The only thing I wanted for my birthday was this band’s debut psychedelic rock LP, although I had only ever heard the edited version of “Light My Fire” on...
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An Interview with Jim Fox

Cliff Yankovich I recently had the opportunity to get some insight on musical education from one of my favorite drummers, Jim Fox, who put his training to work with a couple of his friends in The James Gang. Like many of us, Jim went to school at a time when musical education was a regular part of public school curriculum. He remembers a teacher coming around to the various ro...
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Make Music NOLA!

Laura Patterson Sure, most middle school students listen to hip hop music, and most probably dance to it, but how many students spend their summers learning to play hip hop music...on the violin? For Make Music NOLA students, this was the focus of their summer camp experience, and a small part of the 140 hours they put into the program this year. That's how much time each stude...
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Melody and Me

Alan Meerow It looked something like a tin whistle or perhaps a fife, just a 12” cylinder of nickel coated brass (later stainless steel), perpetually locked into the key of C (actually B flat), with six finger holes and a mouthpiece welded perpendicular to one end of the body, and a cork inserted at the other end. Manufactured by the now defunct Melody Flute Co. in Laurel, MD, ...
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