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TuneGlue Finds New Music For You

If you are looking to widen your musical horizons based on musical groups or artists that you already enjoy, I recommend using the online tool TuneGlue. Next time you are browsing the library's music collection you will be supplied with new artists to discover and treasure!

When you first pull up the website, you might be underwhelmed at the sheer sparseness of it. Start by searching for a musical artist or group that you like. After searching, a little record icon pops up. Click on the icon and then on "Expand" - you will be given a handful of different artists or groups that you may also enjoy. Click on any of the bands or musical artists to generate even more leads. Sometimes, the connections overlap and create a web of suggestions.

Why do we sing Auld Lang Syne at New Year's anyway?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And auld lang syne! 

What does that mean anyway?

Auld Lang Syne is based on a Scottish poem, attributed to Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns in 1788. Auld Lang Syne translates to "Old Long Since," and more roughly it means "long, long ago" or "days gone by." There are many verses to the traditional song and the deeper meaning lies within these stanzas. These verses expound on the glories of friendship, fellowship and hope for the future, while still honoring days gone by.

You can find Auld Lang Syne on the following CDs, plus many Christmas albums.

Country Christmas

Country and Western music artists bring a heapin' helping of warmth and cheer to the Holidays. Deck the Halls, ya'll!

It Was 30 Years Ago Today

John: New York City

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon died in front of his Manhattan home.

It was the first "Kennedy moment" in my life, a memory that still seems fresh, almost like it happened yesterday. My ritual of falling asleep while listening to an old-school "digital" clock radio (the one with the rotating flat panels for each number), was jarringly interrupted by the breaking news that John Lennon had been shot in New York City. I leapt out of bed, ran downstairs, and stood motionless in front of the TV as Howard Cosell, on Monday Night Football, announced that John Lennon was dead. One of my heroes had been murdered, and it simply did not make any sense.

Holiday Classics

'Tis the season to hear Holiday music everywhere you go. Whether you are trimming the tree, wrapping presents or just snuggled up front of the fireplace (or the Yule Log channel in my case) here are some classic Holiday carol selections to keep you merry and bright.

20 Great Live Albums

Nothing compares to the roar of a live crowd waiting for a much loved band to take the stage. These albums were generally recorded in one or two nights and capture the raw intensity of Rock 'N Roll!

  1. Live at Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers
  2. Live at the Apollo by James Brown
  3. Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 by The Byrds
  4. At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash

REMEMBER PIMP C!

Pimp C is no longer here...

I like all types of music but with Rap it's a toss up between Down South Southern Rappers and West Coast music! I started listening to rappers such as Paul Wall, 8Ball & MJG, Trick Daddy and UGK.

Top 20 Double Albums

Double albums are generally released as such because the recording is longer than the capacity of the medium, either records or CDs. To make the list compilation more specific, live albums, compilations, reissues with bonus discs and box sets were excluded (to be featured another time). Which is your favorite double album?

  1. The White Album by The Beatles
  2. The Wall by Pink Floyd
  3. Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder
  4. London Calling by The Clash
  5. Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dy

Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot is a jazz singer and an amazing, inspirational person that I am thankful for learning about at the library! Her story is not without tragedy. At the age of 19, she was hit by a car and as a result of extensive damage ended up with severe neurological complications that she continues to deal with to this day. Using music as a form of therapy, she has risen to be one of the most enticing jazz singers I have ever heard.

Gardot's first album, Worrisome Heart came out in 2008. In 2009, she released My One and Only Thrill. Ms Gardot continues to advocate for music therapy and inspire those that face overwhelming obstacles.

Happy Birthday Miley Cyrus!

Miley Ray Cyrus, born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992, celebrates her 18th birthday today! The daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley rose to fame through her role as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana on the Disney sitcom, Hannah Montana.

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