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Coming Soon – Three New Programs and a Special Tweet

Preview of Coming Attractions

The sun has returned and daytime temperatures now top 90°.

As we head into Summer thoughts turn to vacation, barbecues, or trips to the beach. Perhaps you prefer to stay inside where it is air-conditioned and curl up with a good book.

I invite you to participate in a more interactive Brad’s Music Room experience. Three new programs invites you to do just that.

SOS –Summer of Smiles 😉

I will be conducting an experiment this summer on the power of smiles.

This interactive topic will feature music and videos designed to put a smile on your face. With each post you’ll be given an assignment. As you complete your assignments, I hope you will report back and share your experience with other subscribers. At Summer’s end I will post a summary of the power of a simple smile.

Moses Meet Mozart

When was the last time you read the Old Testament? If it has been a while, you are in luck. I am going to make it easy for you to read 50 essential Scripture passages of the Old Testament without even having to pick up a Bible. Starting July 2 you will receive a bi–weekly email with that week’s prescribed reading.

Relive the familiar stories like those of Adam and Eve, Noah and Moses. Remember the murders, stolen identities, oppression, adulterous behavior and other failures of a stiff necked people. Be reminded that no matter how badly God’s chosen people behave His grace always prevails.

Experience these stories with a soundtrack of some of the greatest classical music of all time. Featuring  music from familiar composers like Beethoven and Mozart plus pieces from lesser known artists and contemporary composers.

¿Prefiere el español? No hay problema. Cada publicación contendrá una descripción en español de la música y los compositores. Se incluirá un enlace a la escritura usando la Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

Coming Fall 2017–Brad’s Music Academy

School is back in session. Join me for the first course toward the Master of Music History (MMH) degree. Offered exclusively through Brad’s Music Academy this two year degree program will cover the entire spectrum of Christian music history.

As Christianity spread from the Holy land throughout Europe and across the ocean to the new world, Christians brought their music with them. As the young religion evolved so did the music. Learn about the influence of people like Beethoven, Elvis and Bob Dylan. Discover new artists like Blind Willy McTell and the Crusaders. Experience some great Christian music and a bit of history.

@Bradmusicroom Is Now On Twitter

If you don’t already have a Twitter account you can get one here:

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Housekeeping

I will be taking a break for the rest of June traveling and preparing for the upcoming programs. See you in July.

This Week’s Must Watch Tv

This week has some outstanding TV viewing opportunities for music lovers.
NBC-The Voice Finale

“The Voice” will air its final episode of the season Monday night. Results will be announced Tuesday. This season, two of the four finalists chose Christian songs for their semi final performance. As a fan of gospel music this was my personal favorite.

PBS-American Epic

The second episode of AMERICAN EPIC, a three-part historical documentary will air on PBS on Tuesday. May 23 at 8 p.m.

Go inside one of the greatest-ever untold stories: how the ordinary people of America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time.

In the 1920s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. For the first time, a woman picking cotton in Mississippi, a coal miner in Virginia or a tobacco farmer in Tennessee could have their thoughts and feelings heard on records played in living rooms across the country. It was the first time America heard itself.

Over three episodes, narrated by Robert Redford, AMERICAN EPIC rescues this history. The remarkable lives of these seminal musicians are revealed through previously unseen film footage and photographs, and exclusive interviews with music pioneers, their families and eyewitnesses to the era.

Part 2 of 3 travels to the rural South, where Elder Burch, Charley Patton and others record early Delta blues, gospel and protest songs. Also: the Great Flood of 1927 devastates Mississippi River communities, leading to northern migration and such Chicago bluesmen as Howlin’ Wolf.

Amazon Video-Florence Foster Jenkins

Based on the incredible true story, Meryl Streep delivers a hilarious and touching performance as a New York socialite who dreams of becoming a great opera singer, despite having a hilariously awful singing voice.

March Madness Moves Into April

2017_NCAA_Men's_Final_Four_logo.svgAnd then there were four. All that madness has led us here: the final weekend of the NCAA tournament. Saturday’s Final Four will whittle the field to two, and Monday night, we will have a national champion. Will it be tournament darling South Carolina? Gritty Gonzaga? The persistent Oregon Ducks? Or reliable North Carolina?

Gonzaga (-6.5) vs. South Carolina

Time: 6:09 p.m.

In 2009, the last time NCAA tournament games were played at cavernous University of Phoenix Stadium, the teams combined to shoot just 27 percent (25 of 92) on three-pointers over three West Region semifinal and final games. Fast-forward eight years, and Gonzaga and South Carolina have been two of the stingiest teams in the country when it comes to allowing three-pointers. The Bulldogs rank fourth nationally in three-point defense at 29.3 percent while the Gamecocks rank eighth at 30.1 percent. In other words, it could be a long night from long range for both teams, neither of whom are known to be particularly strong three-point artists. Another reason to think points might be in short supply: Gonzaga ranks first nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s defensive efficiency metric, allowing 86 points per 100 possessions, while South Carolina ranks second (87.8).

I am rooting for the underdog Gamecocks. From his album “Charleston,  SC 1966” here is an inspiring piece by native son Darius Rucker.

North Carolina (-5) vs. Oregon

Time: Approx. 8:49 p.m.

Three-pointers also could come into play in Saturday’s second national semifinal: Of the four teams remaining, Oregon has both taken the most three-pointers in the NCAA tournament (81) and made the highest percentage of them (43.2 percent, up from their regular season average of 39.2). North Carolina, meanwhile, has seen the biggest drop in three-point percentage out of the four remaining teams: The Tar Heels are shooting just 32.1 percent from three-point range in the tournament, down from 36.6 percent in the regular season (they made just 3 of 15 attempts in their Elite Eight win over Kentucky). Oregon’s opponents are shooting just 31.1 percent from three-point range this season (16th nationally). North Carolina holds the obvious edge in big-game experience, as the Tar Heels played for the national title last season and it’s the ninth Final Four for Coach Roy Williams, but don’t discount an Oregon program that’s played in 15 NCAA tournament games over the past five seasons.

I usually like to root for the underdog. However North Carolina is one of my favorite teams. I would love to see an NCAA final with two Carolina teams. When I think of musicians from North Carolina JT is the obvious choice.