Reviews and Blog Posts: music

Intuition, Crafts, and Food!

Sharing Mountain Recipes

Before Fresh City Life My Branch programming takes a bit of a break for the holiday season, enjoy one of these programs this week!

Tonight, Monday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Schlessman, Man of 1,000 Songs Rob Wivchar is back to soothe your winter stress with his holiday stylings! Stop by and listen for a while!

On Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. you have many craft choices:

Me and Emiliana Torrini

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If you were knocked out by the Sucker Punch soundtrack like I was you might want to further explore the work of Emiliana Torrini.

Born in Iceland of Icelandic and Italian parents Torrini has been a collaborator in the dance music scene for some years now. Working with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Paul Oakenfold, she lends her stylish sense and her fairy tale vocals to their works. Her own albums are a departure from the dance music scene and are reminiscent of a funky Tori Amos, or perhaps Regina Spektor.

From her sweet, sad and tender "Today has been OK" to the upbeat "Jungle Drum" her songs run the gamut.

Uke Can Play the Melody

YouTube is full of Ukulele Girls (and Guys) today, but where would they be without the original "Ukulele Lady?"

May Singhi Breen (1895-1970) was a ukulele performer and teacher who helped popularize the Hawaiian instrument in the '20s and '30s. After receiving an unwanted ukulele as a gift, she tried to exchange it for a bathrobe. When the store wouldn't take it back, she decided to learn to play it instead.

Great documentaries about the arts

cover for exit through the gift shop

I’ve been looking for some extra inspiration in the studio lately, so I’m revisiting favorite documentaries on the arts.

Exit Through the Gift Shop - Banksy created this film using footage from a French shop owner obsessed with graffiti and meeting Banksy. Beautiful images, and a surprising twist.

Music For Kids That Adults Can Love Too

As both a parent and a librarian, I recognize the importance of--and usually enjoy--fun and vibrant music made for children. Classic songs like "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," "The Hokey Pokey," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" are wonderful for helping kids learn about the sounds of words through repetition, get ready to read, as well as develop a love for music.

But sometimes we as parents need something a little different--something for the kid in us to enjoy along with our kids.

Does Your Retirement Dream Involve a Ukulele?

Ukulele for Dummies

Start planning your retirement now--whether you're in your 20s or your 60s, you can learn something--and have some fun--with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Get a better idea of the financial planning side of retirement on Tuesday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch with Social Security and Retirement: What You Need to Know. Bring your questions about your future Social Security benefits, and Social Security Administration representative Mike Baksa will answer them.

Get FRESH This Week!

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

Ready to travel to Africa, connect with your crafty side, go to a free concert, or learn to read tea leaves? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

Travel to another continent without leaving Denver on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smiley Branch with Traveling Librarian: African Safari. Pictures and stories included!

Classic Country Rock

Essential Willie Nelson

This summer I was lucky enough to have caught not only Willie Nelson rockin' out at Red Rocks but Kris Kristofferson with Merle Haggard bringing down the house at the Denver Center for the Performing arts.

Since then I have been listening to a deeper variety of each of their music. My favorite Willie album remains "Red Headed Stranger" and I do prefer to listen to Kris's songs that are done by someone else (hey, he never claimed to be a good singer but, man, can that guy write a song!).

Waka Flocka Who?

Top Twenty

Interested in new artists and old favorites? Check out the top 20 most requested albums to date for 2011.

Waka Flocka Flame's newest album is on order while Adele is holding fast with two albums in the top 5! Various compilations also make the list including a new tribute album to Billie Holiday.

Don't delay, get yourself on hold for these today! If you need assistance, we are happy to help

Braid weaves back together for a new EP and two shows

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First it was Sunny Day Real Estate who shocked the music scene and reunited for a tour after a break up many years ago. Now Braid, a huge influence in the punk-rock scene of the 90s is putting together a comeback. Or, at the very least, is putting out a new EP.

For context, I am 21 years old. I was not a teenager in the 90s, although there are many days that I wish I had been, or should have been. I like my music loud, energetic, and almost always accompanied by complex and jarring guitar sections. Oh and this guy: Bob Nanna.

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