After the first week of Winter Quarter, I can already tell that The Beatles and the Creative Process is going to be one of my all-time favorite classes at DePaul. Although technically it counts as a non-music elective, as a music student I am so excited to see what I can learn from the professor, Jim Kimsey.
Professor Kimsey is more than qualified for the task, having earned a Master of Science in Music Technology along with a BA in Telecommunications and Audio Engineering from Indiana University, as well as many years of experience as a professional musician and commercial broadcaster.
I couldn't help including this priceless photo featured on the bio he provided us at his website, http://www.jimkimsey.net.
My personal experience with the Beatles? Of course, I've heard the Beatles in passing- if it's playing in a restaurant, sometimes on the radio... I think my mom listened to one of their CDs a few times. But sadly, up to this point in my life, I have barely memorized the chorus to “Hey Jude.” I'm sorry if that makes some Beatles fans cringe.
As a Viola Performance major, I admit severe ignorance when it comes to classic rock- I'm afraid I know much more about classical music. Ignorance is certainly NOT bliss when it comes to something as iconic (and just plain fun) as the Beatles, so thank goodness I discovered a class to enlighten me!
And so far the new music, videos, and text Professor Kimsey has provided us so far have been quickly elevating me from my state of ignorance- with much enthusiasm, too! The very first week served as an introduction to the Beatles' evolution from:
a teeny-bopper band in Liverpool...
to their live debut on American television (as seen by 74 million viewers- and the video above!)...
to their retreat from live performance and their new experimental interest, as apparent from songs like “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
What I also love about this class is the convenience of taking it online. My music classes fill up my days pretty quickly, especially once I account for rehearsal and practice time. Of course, online classes do not mean less work, but they do mean more flexibility in terms of where and what time of day you do classwork. And so far, The Beatles and the Creative Process is working out great with my schedule and my interests. Looking forward to the weeks to come!