Help us celebrate the July Musical Birthdays! It is really a motley list of awesomeness.
Happy Birthday to Lena Horne! She was an astounding black performer who fought to be accepted in a world that suffered from “corrosive racial prejudice.”
Matt Williams has been teaching guitar and ukulele at our school for three years. Read about his inspiration and devotion to teaching music.
From Woody Guthrie in the 1960s to the Dixie Chicks in the early 2000s, musicians have long been involved in the political process and fighting for civil rights. Here are some of the moments that influenced the LGBT movement. Plus a moving video from Mackelmore signing at a mass wedding 🙂
“We Shall Overcome” is an anthem often sung to evoke a feeling of struggle. Here, we recall how the LGBT community sung it at Stonewall in 1969, and as seen in these video clips, sung again the wake of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub.
Happy Birthday to singer Cyndi Lauper, a lifelong champion of the LGBT community. Hear her “True Colors” song and read about her efforts to improve the lives of LGBT youth. <3
Lavender Country, the first openly gay country band, was formed in Seattle, WA and played in the city’s first Gay Pride Parade. Enjoy some of the same ‘ole country sound — with a contemporary twist!
The rainbow symbol, seen often during Pride Week, may have originated from “Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz” but it didn’t end there. The ukulele version played by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole has given it a whole new life. Click through for the chords!
Summertime music is always nostalgic – doesn’t matter how old you are. Here are some iconic hits for the hot weather. Enjoy!
Celebrating ukulele month here at Off the Wall school and shining the spotlight our student Sawyer, who plays SIX instruments!