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Get into this Jam!

by Jim Worsham

OLLI is a wonderful place to revive or pursue a musical hobby. Proof of this is the enthusiasm for the Jammin’ at OLLI class led by Carol Baker. Guitar Jammers first met last summer when the regular Folk Guitar classes were on a hiatus. It was so much fun that the players wanted more, and the Jammin’ class gave them an opportunity to
relieve their inner-musical frustrations.
The Jam is now open to lots of acoustical instruments like guitars, ukuleles, harmonicas, banjos as well as vocalists. Many styles of music are embraced, and lyric sheets with chords for dozens of familiar traditional and contemporary songs are provided.
Carol was born in San Francisco but moved to Southern California when she was in the eighth grade,  ultimately coming to Long Beach about 17 years ago.  Although she didn’t study music in school, many years ago a fellow employee introduced her to the piano and guitar.  A passion for music was unleashed. In the ensuing years, while working in human resources for various companies, she put her musical interest on the shelf.

This interest returned when Carol became the first female vice president for Yamaha Corporation of America. During her tenure, she founded Yamaha Cares, a nonprofit supporting music projects, one of which was called “Music Wellness.” This program allowed employees to participate in a free one-hour music lesson each week - with pay! About six years ago, when Carol retired from Yamaha, she rekindled the musical flame in her own soul.
In addition to music, Carol enjoys sewing and painting. She and her husband, Dave, keep active by walking an hour a day or working out at the gym. They also love to travel, as long as it doesn’t keep them away from their daughter, son and two grandchildren for very long.

Music by Mouth!

by Roz Hertz

The harmonica is a musical instrument that can be played with a group or individually for personal enjoyment. In the summer class, OLLI Harmonica Workshop, you will learn more about the history and different types of harmonicas.
This class is an intermediate-level class for those who have already taken any of the introductory classes, or for students who have adequate experience in playing the harmonica but wish to continue learning new skills.
Although it is not necessary to read music, it is helpful. You will be taught how to read tablature for the harmonica, as well as some music theory. Videos, class discussion, and harmonica exercises are included with the lectures. An online workbook will be provided that includes a lesson for each week, as well as related work sheets and songs.
Students are encouraged to practice at home to their heart’s content.
The instructors, Jim Worsham and Marc
Davidson, truly exemplify OLLI’s goal of lifelong learning. Prior to retirement, Jim was a CPA. He
received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from CSULB. A resident of Long Beach for sixty-five years, he is now very much involved in philanthropy and charitable causes.
Marc retired after forty-five years in architecture and is now engaged in local community activities, including the Long Beach Music Council. His band Second Wind plays locally in Long Beach and recently performed at the Santa Barbara French Festival and Le Cosy Montparnesse in Paris, France!
Come and join the class and be part of a universal language, music. Many music styles have been enhanced by these little “mouth organs,” including folk, country, blues, rock, Irish, classical, and jazz.
Albert Einstein once said, “If I were not a
physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music.”
  Enjoy while learning!