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    The Bushwick School of Music is a non-profit music education program run by Greg Albert (Celestial Shore), Carlos Hernandez (Ava Luna) and Lydia Velichkovski and that provides music lessons and ensembles to kids who cannot afford extracurricular music lessons. See it in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPjPOkbws00 and read more below.
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I can't tell if I'm unraveling or multiplying into a technicolor blanket to cover us all.
This year.
I didn't hear you the first time.
Star Over.

These thirty-five tracks travel through time, space, and the past few years of Hometapes holiday compilations. Juxtaposed in new ways -- and including brand new additions by Chris Rosenau (also of Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir), The Caribbean (a collaboration with Insect Factory), Keith Sunset (also of CYNE), and Sunless (Hometapes' own Adam Heathcott) -- these songs are the recipe for the sunrise and sunset of the hardest and best year of our lives.

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More about The Bushwick School of Music:

The Bushwick School of Music is an extra-curricular tuition-free music program. Our programs run a traditional fall and spring semester schedule of after-school classes (15 weeks of classes, 4 classes a week, an hour and a half per class), plus a shorter summer intensive (10 weeks), and are open to any interested students in participating schools. At the beginning of each semester, students are given the opportunity to try out various instruments (guitar, bass, drums, piano), and are given basic instruction. As they get comfortable with their chosen instruments and we lead them through basic group rehearsals. From this point, using the knowledge and practice that they acquire during the first few sessions, they are encouraged to compose their own basic songs, while also delving into a repertoire of blues classics, as facilitated by legendary blues singer Bereather Reddy’s rich knowledge of the genre.

At the end of each program, we hold a performance and a recording session of the material the students have rehearsed throughout the sessions. Because of our work with the Silent Barn, a Bushwick-based community arts organization, we have unique access both to performance and recording space. Our co-founder and teacher Carlos Hernandez also co-runs the recording studio at the Silent Barn, and will facilitate the recording sessions.

This tuition-free, locally-based model emphasizes collaboration and cooperation and promotes agency, self-direction, and creativity. The small class size encourages students to build relationships with each other and allows for individual attention from teachers. By the end of this program, students who may not have ever had the opportunity to hold an instrument will learn to play the instrument of their choice and be given the opportunity to compose, perform, and record music with their peers.

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released 17 December 2012

Download other Hometapes holiday albums:

I may be lost but I'm laughing (2014):
hometapes.bandcamp.com/album/i-may-be-lost-but-im-laughing

A Ride To Anywhere (2013):
hometapes.bandcamp.com/album/a-ride-to-anywhere

The Never Ending Beginning (2011): theneverendingbeginning.bandcamp.com

I'll Be Hometapes For Christmas (2010): illbehometapesforchristmas.bandcamp.com

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