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

Bob Dylan. You can’t say the name to anyone who follows music without generating some response. It may be a strong like or even dislike but everyone will have an opinion. Dylan is the man who put meaning and social conscience into modern pop music. His early work was heavily based on the folk singers, like The Weavers, of the 1940-1960 era. In 1965 he angered the folk music community by plugging in and electrifying the Monterey Pop Festival. Last year we discussed the “Highway 61 Revisited” and how it truly changed Rock and Roll. Now we will see how Dylan could up and do it again.

 

For this week we will focus on the 1975 release “Blood on the Tracks”. Many say this is the finest work of the second half of his career. I actually think it is his best album. It is a highly introspective album that deals with heavy issues and deep emotion. His son Jakob has said the album was really a conversation between his parents. Dylan himself has just said he was influenced by Chekov. The feel of the album is very stripped down. Most of the tracks are simply an acoustic guitar with Dylan singing and maybe some drums and bass.

 

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