Through the Eyes of an Artist: Richard Frank
We had a great time doing our Blues Rock Connection program at PS 129 in the Bronx yesterday. The school is lucky enough to have a music program and a great music teacher in Dennis McCumber.
When I asked them questions about the instruments, they had all the answers right off the bat and when they clapped along, they were right on the beat!
That area of the Bronx has a large hispanic population, and they went wild when we did our “La Bamba/Tequila” medley. Surprisingly, the second group were big Elvis fans and sang along on “Hound Dog”. The students seemed very interested in the social aspect of how the blues started and how the music led to so much social change in this country. And, of course, “I Feel Good” at the end had ’em rockin’ in their seats and dancing their way to the next class.
So grateful to be able to put my lifetime of playing this music to such a valuable purpose.
– Richard Frank
Blues Rock Connection