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November 5th and November 12th, 2019 1:30-3:30
Grace United Church, Cook & Grove St., Barrie
Joni Mitchell’s Music and Painting
Date of Presentation: November 5th, 2019
In this presentation Tom Gerry will introduce the Third Age Barrie audience to some details of Joni Mitchell’s career as a painter and musician. The over-all direction of the talk is to demonstrate that Mitchell’s celebrity status is only a small part of her life story, a part that she largely rejects, in fact. Rather, she sees herself—and she is—consciously and seriously, an artist: a painter, poet, singer, guitarist and pianist. Her song lyric, “Life is our cause,” succinctly expresses her approach to her art.
To explain how Mitchell is a serious artist, he will give examples of her work and show ways in which she uses metaphors to create narratives of her major concerns. For clarity, in this talk, he will address these themes under the headings of Journey, Love, and Nature. As the audience will see, throughout Mitchell’s work, the themes are closely linked, not by Mitchell’s personality, but by her art.
Presenter: Tom Gerry
The Beatles and their World
Date of Presentation: November 12th, 2019
This lecture will track the musical development of the Beatles, starting from their earliest days in Liverpool, moving through the excitement of Beatlemania, the rush of psychedelia, and the maturity of their studio years. While the focus will be on the music, we will also consider how recording techniques, the music business, the music of other artists, and the larger culture of the 1960s affected John, Paul, George, and Ringo as they created their classic works.
Presenter: Dr. Mike Daley
Venue: Grace United Church
Venue Website: http://www.graceucc.ca/
350 Grove St. E, Barrie, Ontario, Canada