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

 

Since we focused on John Coltraine last week let's look at an album he played on for another true master, Miles Davis. 

I asked a very old friend of mine named Jim Goulden to write a note for this week's album which is Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. I went to junior high and high school with Jim and was very envious of his skill at playing the drums. He went on to music professionally and has toured with some major acts as a back up singer, taught music, and been in countless shows that I have seen over the years.

I thought of Jim for this album since he is such an incredibly strong Jazz guy. He got his love for Jazz from his Dad “Win” who we could talk about for hours but we will save that for another time. I wanted all of you to get a feel for a true master of his craft and Miles Davis definitely fits the bill.  The two saxophonists on the album are John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. They are about as good as it gets. Here is Jim's description of the album that was first released in 1959:

Kind of Blue is like taking a trip in a plane into the cosmos

It starts on the ground rolling very slowly down the runway

Then takes off and climbs...(continued)