Friday Spotlight: Rodney Grisanti

Friday Spotlight is a regular feature in which we highlight a member  of our HWC faculty, staff, or admin through a Q&A session. After responding, our member then has to “tag” another member of our community in order to keep the spotlight feature active. Check your CCC mailbox. You may be next!

This week we are placing Rodney Grisanti in the spotlight.

Another cool music cat from HWC, he’s reserved, quiet, and as intense about teaching as he is about his music. Now, stepping off the performance stage at The Lounge to grab a quick sip of his cold drink, heeeeeeeeeere’s Rodney!

Q: Tell us, how you arrived at HWC?
A: I had just finished my dissertation and was working as an orchestral copyist and engraver for composers Susan Botti, Michael Daugherty and William Bolcom.  This type of work is extremely sporadic.  You may not work for several months and then be required to copy and engrave a score and parts for the New York Philharmonic in less than a month.  I had begun looking for something with a steady income and insurance, when in a conversation with my landlord he recommended the City Colleges.  I called and spoke with Dave Richardson, and I’ve been here since.

Q: What do you enjoy the most about being an HWC employee?
A: I enjoy the students and faculty most.  I really love teaching as well. Teaching is a challenge, and I love a good challenge.

Q: If you weren’t teaching, what do you think you’d be doing?
A: I would be a professional fly fisherman.  I spend enough time and money on it already, but I cannot find anyone to pay me to do it.

Q: If there is ONE book/movie/song that everyone should
read/watch/listen, what is it and why?

A: Well, I have to recommend a double album that is sold on a single CD titled Big Star’s #1 Record and Radio City.  The band Big Star was from Memphis, Tennessee (my home town) and released these records on the Stax label in the early 1970s.  However, due to management and label problems the records did not enjoy a wide release until the early 1990s when they were reissued.  The records seamlessly blend southern soul, southern rock, and the sound of the British invasion. Even without a wide listening audience Big Star managed to influence countless song writers and bands.  I grew up listening to Big Star and going to see lead singer/songwriter Alex Chilton in his other incarnations.  I am preaching the gospel of Big Star because they have been on my mind a lot recently due to the death of Alex Chilton in
March 2010.  RIP

Q: Who have people told you you look like?
A: I have been told by several people that I look like Art Garfunkel.  I
only hope that they are referring to the young Art Garfunkel and not
the present day Art Garfunkel.  No offense to Art Garfunkel.

Great! Thank you Rodney!

There you have him folks. Methinks if I were to hang with this guy I’d be havin’ a blast – with or without the music.

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