Reviews and Blog Posts: music

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R.I.P. Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith, bassist for the Brooklyn based art-rock band TV on the Radio, passed away April 20, 2011.

Smith was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after finishing the band's latest album "Nine Types of Light." As a result, TV on the Radio has canceled several shows on their tour including Denver, where they were slated to play Tuesday April 26th at the Ogden Theater.

Miss Jackson

Cover art for Janet Jackson's Number One

Don't have a ticket to her concert April 6?

The Library has a selection of Miss Jackson's CDs and DVDs to host a staycert in your own home.

Sample of CDs available:

Music DVDs include:

Welcome Back, Request It!

Request It!

Denver Public Library’s Request It! service is back!

PLEASE NOTE: If your request is for an item coming out in February 2011 or later, we suggest waiting and checking the catalog periodically. The Library is busy processing orders for thousands of recently-released and forthcoming titles, so many of your requests may already be in our "to order" queue. Holding off on submitting purchase requests for a few weeks will help to maximize your 30 request per year limit.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Guitarist Laurie Dameron

Guitarist Laurie Dameron will be performing at the Schlessman Family Branch Library on Sunday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Laurie Dameron is a Billboard Magazine award recipient, and has been playing guitar for over 40 years. She has performed at hundreds of venues both in and outside of Colorado, and her versatile selections include folk, instrumental, country, blues, and jazz music.

Scotland Rocks!

When most people think of Scottish music, an image of a man in a plaid skirt comes to mind. But there's a lot more than bagpipes and fiddles going on north of Hadrian's Wall.

I'm the sort of person who really likes music, but who doesn't really care a lot about bands. My friends (who are in a very good band called My God Micah) must get exasperated with me because I never know who sings any song and am totally clueless about which bands play what shows where.

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.

Sinner or Saint

I enjoy watching Ovation and was recently reminded of the amazing talent of Sarah Vaughan. Her vinyl album Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi, produced by Columbia, was a favorite at home.

I would duet with Sarah as a kid and while too young to understand the pathos of the lyrics, I was old enough to appreciate her incredible voice. If you're not familiar with Sarah Vaughan, treat yourself to 16 Most Requested Songs. I am fond of her ballads which are featured on After Hours.

Learn to Moonwalk at the Byers Branch Library

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Join resident dance instructor Isaiah Borum as he provides you with a free dance lesson to Michael Jackson's 25th Anniversary of Motown Billie Jean performance!

Where: Byers Branch Library

When: Friday, July 16, 3 p.m.

Class is limited to 12 participants, ages 13 and up. Please register at the Byers Branch Library circulation desk or by calling 720-865-0160. Refreshments will be served.

Want more Michael Jackson? Try one of these great items:

Movies:

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Number Ones

Moonwalking: The True Story of Michael Jackson

CDs:

The Essential Michael Jackson

My treadmill and BET

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I gained 60 lbs back this year after acquiring a DVR and serving on a book committee. One of my helpful siblings offered me a roll of duct tape or the loan of a treadmill. I chose the treadmill.

So I happily gave my treadmill a trial run while watching the previously recorded BET awards hosted by one of my favorite performers, Queen Latifah.  What a show!  The press mainly reported on Chris Brown's emotional performance but the highlight for me was the musical tribute by various artists (including

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