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Playing it by ear

by Rob Ullrich | 5-minute read

 

Occasionally, when my seventh graders are working in my classroom, I’ll play jazz. They don’t know they’re hearing Django Reinhardt, the guitar giant who shaped a genre around himself. They couldn’t trace his influence to the musicians on their YouTube channels. They can’t tell the story of his terrible accident and miraculous comeback.

It’s an anonymous background tune for them, but a time machine for me. Reinhardt’s style is frequently featured in World War II movies and dramas of that same period. Picture that scene in a smoky, low-lit jazz club.

For the past few months, there has been no jazz crooning from my classroom speakers. Teachers had to improvise to transform their classrooms into remote hubs for e-learning. This task took extemporaneous technique. It was a jazz number and I was playing it by ear. Read More

Raise Up Parenting Conference 2019_

Raise Up Parenting Conference 2020

Parenting is a challenging, delightful, heart-wrenching journey that can feel overwhelming and even lonely. To come alongside you, First Free Rockford is hosting a parenting conference, Raise Up, featuring writers and speakers Sissy Goff and David Thomas from the Raising Boys and Girls ministry.

FROM OUR BLOG
» Interview with David Thomas, conference speaker
» Story on the Johnson family, past attendees

WHEN: Feb. 21-22, 2020
Friday, 6:30–9:15 p.m. (check-in 6–6:30 p.m.)
Saturday, 9–11:15 a.m.

WHERE: First Free Rockford – 2223 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL
(southeast corner of Mulford and Spring Creek roads)

CHILDCARE: All ages through grade 5 (check-in 6 p.m. Fri.; 8:30 a.m. Sat.)

REGISTRATION: $30 couple; $15 individual
Registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 18.

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED

 

Questions? Contact Adult Ministries by calling 815-877-7046 or emailing adultministries [AT] firstfreerockford [DOT] org.

Learn more about the speakers at raisingboysandgirls.com.

Notice: The main office is closed and all public gatherings are suspended until further notice.More Details