Since I do so much driving on my lecture tours, I listen to lots of music and audiobooks. I'm currently about half way through Richard Dawkins' autobiography An Appetite for Wonder. As he illustrates his educational background, Dawkins describes the ultimate goal of any lecture irrespective of topic:
"The purpose of a lecture should not be to impart information. There are books, libraries, nowadays the internet for that. If a lecturer drones information as though reading it, the audience might as well read it, possibly in the lecturer's own book. [Rather,] A lecture should inspire and provoke thought. You watch a good lecturer thinking aloud in front of you, reaching for a thought. Sometimes grabbing it out of the air. A good lecturer thinking aloud, reflecting, musing, rephrasing for clarity, hesitating and then grasping, bearing the pace, pausing for thought, can be a role model in how to think about a subject and how to transmit a passion for it."
I could hardly agree more!
The ultimate goal of my Beatles lectures, then, is "not to impart information" (though that is a major component), but to "inspire and provoke thought" and "transmit a passion" for the subject.
Amen, Dawkins. Amen.
I'll attempt to transmit that passion for The Beatles tomorrow evening:
Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Vernon Parish Library, 1401 Nolan Trce, Leesville, LA
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.