Welcome to Bravo's Chemistry Department

Hello and welcome to Morganchem, the home of all things NErDy at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School and the official web presence of Michael Morgan.

I take your child's education very seriously. It is with that intention that I have provided this webpage for you and your child to help get a better understanding of what goes on in their Chemistry class. Here you will find our weekly and semester long schedules, copies of all the homework assignments and laboratories, daily announcements, and important information to help parents keep their children on track. 

To learn more about my academic activities and the success of my students view my biography under the "about" menu. For those interested in the many different academic activites that my students are involved in on a daily basis outsdie normal class hours look at the Chem Club page on the "about" menu.

Album of the Week

Over the past twenty years music education has disappeared from our schools. This becomes obvious when listening to new music on the radio only to hear music that is  unoriginal or even bad. Most of today's so called artists do not write their own music or even play their own instruments.

So in the spirit of teaching you everything we can, this page features an Album of the Week. These are not ordinary albums in the history of music. These are the groundbreaking pieces of music that truly shaped how music was presented, recorded, and how it influenced other musicians and the public.

A few notes about the choices.  They are albums and not collections of single songs thrown together willy-nilly. They were meant to be played in order. They often told a story or set a mood. Some of them defined a genre and some defined a generation. I strongly recommend that you ask your Parents/Grandparents to dig through their record collections and find their old copies of these and put them on the turntable and experience them the way they were meant to be experienced.

Current Album

2019 is the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This event had an impact that was worldwide and on huge for everyone no matter what walk of life they came from. The members of The Moody Blues decided to dedicate an entire album to it. We looked at two of their albums and saw that we were truly masters of the concept album. Days of Future Passed and In Search of the Lost Chord still stand today as masterpieces. Ironically my favorite of their albums is To Our Children’s, Children’s Children. This is their space journey inspired salute to the summer of 1969 and the Apollo missions.

 

The lyrics were inspired by space travel (although many interpreted them as drug references) and the songs themselves were very involved and hard to recreate on stage. It was not an album that they played on stage in its entirety like their first two albums. It started with a spoken word piece and contained several much more mellow and introspective songs than might have been expected of the time. It was an album that demanded you put your headphones on and play straight through.

 

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