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December 13, 2016
by Professor B
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BSU Ukulele Ensemble Debut Performance

A long-held dream came true yesterday when the BSU Ukulele Ensemble had its debut performance at the Mid-Year Symposium. We actually performed twice–once in the lobby (we called it rehearsing but the people who stopped and listened thought it was … Continue reading

April 2, 2014
by Professor B
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MUSC 168 and 199-Some Ukulele Fun with 70s Pop Group J. Geils Band

The J. Geils Band was a thing in the 1970s. The band formed in 1967 in Worcester and had numerous hits throughout the 1970s and into the ’80s. They broke up in 1985 but have gotten back together on occasion. … Continue reading

February 24, 2014
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MUSC 199 and 168 – Cowboy Songs and the Movies

In 1909, John Lomax (1867-1948) published his collection of cowboy songs, Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads. He had been collecting these songs for a number of years while growing up in Texas. For an interesting discussion of who these … Continue reading