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Brand from Home | March 29, 2020

Today's recommending listening includes a playlist Need to Know Classics, a Kenny Rogers playlist and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees of 2020. Happy listening!

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Music Streaming

Carl Verheyen, Plaza Series Alumnus and internationally recognized guitar virtuoso, and 35 year member of Supertramp, will be doing a Facebook live stream performance on Monday, April 6th at 12 noon PDT. 

You can view the performance on Carl Verheyen's official Facebook page.

Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day.


Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

Morning Doodle Challenge

Try taking a moment each morning to do a simple sketch. Don't erase, don't think too much. Drawing increases creativity, helps you focus and can relieve stress much like meditation.

Try starting with your pen or pencil in the middle of a blank sheet of paper. Fill the entire page with loose lines, then stop and look back to see if any recognizable shapes stand out. Or place a series of dots on your paper randomly. Connect the dots together with lines and then fill in the resulting shapes.

If you feel uninspired and unsure what to draw, try a prompt based on your morning beverage. If you are a coffee drinker, deliberately spill your coffee on a piece of paper. See what patterns emerge, like an ink blot test. Let the paper dry and then try sketching to bring out what you saw.

Tea drinker? Take your used tea bag and set it down on the paper. Different tea makes different colors. You can also pick up and move the tea bag around the paper to make patterns. Shape exercises (like looking at clouds and thinking about what they resemble) help with creative thinking.

You can share your sketches with your family and see if they see what you do!


Staff e-Recommendations

For those of us that never got to see the musical on stage, with the bright lights of Broadway temporarily shut off, what better way to support the art of the Broadway musical than by listening to one online?  Available on HooplaHamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton - scrappy immigrant, decorated war veteran, constructor and defender of the U.S. Constitution, and maker of history. This recording is so complete that, without even knowing the synopsis of the musical, a listener can follow the narrative just through the songs.  Incorporating everything from rap to Latin music, to classical sounds that are evocative of the period, the soundtrack is bouncy, soulful, and deeply clever.  Standout numbers are the darkly hilarious You'll Be Back, which was inspired by an off-handed improv by the great Hugh Laurie (true story!) and Non-Stop, a terrific group number that takes the audience through Alexander Hamilton's post-War rise to fame. -LD

I like Fleetwood Mac! The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac has your favorite classics and even some I'd never heard before. You will not be disappointed. I Listen to it while I work from home and luckily no one can see my cool dance moves. It's hard to narrow it down, but my favorite song is Landslide because of what the song is about, the relationship between a father and a child (Stevie fearful of her father dying). This is relatable to many relationships. -SR

An Irish Story: This is My Home, chronicles the grand adventure of Dave Browne and Dave Rooney, who make up the The Black Donnellys, originally from Dublin, as they attempt to create a Guinness World Record by playing 60 gigs in all 50 U.S. states in 40 days.  Their ambitious road trip begins with a concert in their home pub at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. 

Throughout their journey, they will play a myriad of venues and countless Irish pubs, and encounter a number of unexpected problems, and will sometimes have to sing for their supper. 

As they overcome one obstacle after another, the band members reflect on the long history of Irish immigration in America, and discuss the drive and resilience it took for Irish immigrants who came before them to realize the American Dream. 

This is a joyous, rollicking, musical Irish American road movie. In the words of one band member, “This trip has given us an understanding of what America is all about. Irish blood runs in the veins of this country.” -PR


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