Listening Quiz 4

Listening quiz 4 will be available on the NewDLE starting Wednesday at midnight and will close at 11:55PM tomorrow night. You will each get 45 minutes and 2 attempts. Good luck!

Poll results

It’s official: the last listening quiz will be administered online a week from tomorrow. I will posting a practice quiz tomorrow just so that everyone can ensure that their computer and web browser will work for the quiz. If there are any problems with the web or playback of the audio examples, let me and/or ITS know.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Candomblé and Poll

Here is a link to the MP3’s we discussed in class today.

We also discussed the recent poll results of the final quiz reschedule. We currently have the quiz date narrowed down to two possibilities. I am willing to have a NewDLE quiz open for 24 hours with each of you getting 45 minutes to complete the quiz once you start. I will make a “test” quiz just to help you ensure that everything will work out. The two dates for the quiz are either Sunday, November 27th or Wednesday, November 30th. I’d rather not schedule to Thursday, so please keep your answers confined to those two dates. I am also open to administering the quiz during office hours, if need be.

Barbara Browning

I looked on the New College Library website, and lo and behold, Samba: Resistance in Motion is available as an ebook through the ACLS Humanities Website. You can read the whole book there, but printing is limited. (Note: you must be logged in via the New College network.)

Afro-Caribbean Unit Logistics

Here is a link to the reading by Barbara Browning on Candomble. I apologize for the delay, but the major NewDLE meltdown of the last few days made it impossible for me to access the uploaded document on Google Apps.

Here is a link to the listening for Vodou, and here is the listening for Santeria.

There has been some talk of changing the final quiz date with possibility of making it an online exam for the Sunday prior to the last day of class. I would be much more comfortable making that decision with the anonymous consent of the class. Thus, I have created yet another poll. Please reply ASAP.

Tuesday Morning Poll

Tuesday was something of an experiment for the class. As much as many of us enjoyed discussing Haitian Vodou, some of us were clearly exhausted but too afraid to speak up and say “please, cancel class!” Thus, I am instituting a poll on the matter. Hopefully this will allow everyone to speak their minds. The option is to cancel the 7:30 meeting and, thus, cancel the discussion of Umbanda.

Judaism and Popular Music

Now that we have moved on to our unit on Afro-Caribbean religious practices and music, I wanted to post a few links to the music for the end of the unit as well as direct you to other scholars who have worked through some of the issues we have covered in class.

First, the listening: here is a .zip of the listening for klezmer, and here is a .zip of some Jewish folk music.

Josh Kun (USC) has written extensively on the negotiations of Jewish humor and music in mid-20th Century. If this interests you, I recommend his essay on Mickey Katz in Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005). He also co-wrote And You Shall Know Us By Our Trail of Vinyl: The Jewish Past as Told By the Records We Have Loved and Lost with Roger Bennett (New York: Crown Publishers, 2008).

There is an extensive ethnomusicological literature on Jewish music in different parts of the world. In addition to Ellen Koskoff (Eastman School of Music), Mark Slobin (Wesleyan University), and Judah Cohen (Indiana University), there is Rabbi Jeffrey Summit (Tufts University), Philip Bohlman (University of Chicago), and Kay Kaufman Shelamay (Harvard University) among many others.

Many of you expressed some excitement about klezmer and Yiddish music. If you choose this topic for your term paper, you may want to consult a recent article by Abigail Wood that addresses the influence of Hasidic music in Yiddish musical traditions (Ethnomusicology 2007.2).

Of course, the world of musicology has an extensive literature on Jewish music as well. Raymond Knapp (UCLA) has a great discussion of Fiddler on the Roof in The American Music and the Formation of National Identity (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005). Howard Pollock has written extensively on George Gershwin. If you are interested in Leonard Bernstein, there was a special issue of The Journal of the Society for American Music in 2009.

And if cantillation was your most favorite subject ever, let me know. I have many more resources…