Listen up all you loyal inTune@SCPL readers, it’s time for some soothing music! WARNING: Do not play this just after you’ve had a big lunch. Eyelids will close.
Ahh the lullaby. So sweet the melody, so calming of the nerves. Though Herr Brahms opus is my personal go-to lullaby of choice there are quite a few others to choose from in our collection. Here’s a few recommended by Warren Truitt at kidsmusic.about.com. (Click on the image to get catalog information.)
Hey all you organ music lovers – this one’s for you.
Poor old organ, it’s been elbowed off the radar by church officials claiming it is of no interest to young (and middle-aged) churchgoers. This is nuts.
The organ is the most powerful instrument ever invented. There’s a reason Bach wrote all that glorious music. It was so when you were falling asleep during the sermon the organ would blast you back into cognition.
Here are some of my suggestions for organ-ic listening (click on the image to be linked to the catalog).
Finally, I leave you with this link. Please click on it and enjoy some fantastic organ music from one of America’s most talented organists – that is, besides SCPL’s very own Dan W. and Deborah A., both of the Circulation department.
Rayna, a mere fan in the audience for Paul Simon’s show, shouted out a request for Mr. Simon to play his song ‘Duncan’. She added that she learned to play guitar on that song. So, Mr. Simon invited her to the stage to play it with him. A fan’s fantasy come true.
Enjoy and keep practicing, just, you know, in case.
AK&US hit it out of the park with their first release since a few years back. Lots to love here. “Dimming of the Day,” “Bonita and Bill Butler,” “Dust Bowl Children,” and, of course, the title track, “Paper Airplane.” You’ll hear the AK&US signature sound of banjo, fiddle, mandolin and of course Ms. Krauss’s plaintive vocals. This CD has been getting deserved stellar reviews so I anticipate a waiting list for it. Put a copy on hold if you have to – it will be worth the wait.
This is hard to categorize. Scala is an all female choir of about 40 women. The brothers Kolacny are classically trained Belgian musicians. (It feels odd to write anything but ‘waffles’ after ‘Belgian’.) They reworked the Radiohead song “Creep” which someone in Hollywood heard; the song got featured in the movie, The Social Network; now these musicians are getting a lot of attention on this side of the Atlantic. Lucky for them and us! Their harmonies and interpretations are really beautiful. Here’s their website.
Watch this pared down version of an original work by Scala & Kolacny Brothers.
In our country, we have the likes of Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, who helped bring about social change through their music. From YouTube, and listed most views to least, here’s an offering of the musical face of Egypt’s revolution:
Perhaps you’ve had trouble locating Taylor Swift or Handel or the Drive-by Truckers in our CD collection. This is an unfortunate consequence of having such a large and diverse collection; how to organize all those artists and music genres. If every artist had just one title to their name it would be so simple!
Thus, we Dewey. Yes, that dorky sounding cataloging system is really quite ingenious when you take a look at it. Here’s a basic tutorial. The numbers to the left of the decimal point indicate the general subject and the numbers to the right indicate specific sub-categories. So the bulk of our CD collection has call numbers beginning with 781 (Music). Familiarizing yourself with a specific sub-category (the numbers to the right of the decimal point) will make your search a little easier. Soundtracks are 781.54, Country Music is 781.642, Rock is 781.66 and so on.
There are ’cheat sheets‘ located in the CD collection and of course, the Staff is always at your service, but now that you have a basic understanding of Melvil Dewey’s system, you’ll have no trouble locating those Yanni CDs you’ve been meaning to get to.
Wow, these three musicians must share the same stylist.