Suggested Listens November 2017 Week 4

Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

1. The Rest Of Our Life by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (Genre: Country):

Country giants, and long-time married couple, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill celebrate life and love with their new release.

Songs on the album include: The Rest Of Our Life, Telluride, The Bed We Made, Break First & Sleeping in the Stars

Soul of a Woman by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Genre: R&B, Soul):

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are a retro-soul group — indeed they sound like the stepped right out of the sixties. Sharon Jones was born in Augusta, Georgia and sang for years before recording her first album at age 45. Her Dap-Kings consist of Binky Griptite, Bugaloo Velez, Homer Steinweiss and Dave Guy and together they play great R&B and classic soul music.

Soul of a Woman is their brand new album.

Songs on the LP include: Matter of Time, Rumors, Pass Me By, These Tears & When I Saw Your Face

The Innocent Age by Dan Fogelberg:

Singer songwriter Dan Fogelberg crafted sparkling songs during the seventies, eighties and nineties. This album, originally released in 1981, is one of his best and features some of his best known songs including: Run for the Roses, The Innocent Age, Leader of the Band, Hard to Say and Sam Old Lang Syne.

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 by Jacqueline du Pré (Genre: Classical):

Jacqueline Du Pre was the first female cellist to gain an international audience. She was born in Oxford, England in 1945 and began playing the cello at the age of 4. In the sixties she performed extensively only to have her performing career cut drastically short, at age 27, by a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. She continued a career in music via teaching through the 1990s.

This album contains the following concertos:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 I. Adagio – moderato

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 II. Lento, allegro molto

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 III. Adagio

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 IV: Allegro, ma na troppo

5. Midnight Frolic – The Broadway Theater Music of Louis A. Hirsch by Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (Genre: Classic Jazz, Broadway, Pop):

In the mid-eighties Rick Benjamin rediscovered arraignments of the Arthur Pryor Orchestra which had been lost for more than sixty years. Benjamin formed the 15 piece Paragon Ragtime Orchestra to play the arraignments and other songs from the 19th and early 20th century. Their music truly opens a window into a lost world!

Songs on this LP include: Overture to the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915, Was There Ever a Night Like This? My Home Town, When I Hear a Syncopated Tune & List’ning on Some Radio

CD of the Week:

Streetlights by Bonnie Raitt (Genre: Blues Rock, Pop):

This 1974 release by singer, guitarist and occasional songwriter Raitt features music that includes a mixture of blues and 70s folk-pop singer-songwriter influences.

Songs on the LP include: That Song About the Midway (written by Joni Mitchell), Rainy Day Man (written by James Taylor & Zachary Weisner), Angel from Montgomery (written by John Prine), What Is Success (written by Allen Toussaint) & Ain’t Nobody Home (written by Jerry Ragovoy).

Videos of the Week:

The Rest of Our Life by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill:

Matter of Time by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings:

Leader Of The Band by Dan Fogelberg:

From 1967 the first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Jacqueline du Pré on cello and Daniel Barenboim conducting the London Philharmonic:

Meet The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra:

Angel from Montgomery by Bonnie Raitt:

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:
http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Thursday, November 23, 2017

Hi everyone, the library is closed today for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We’ll be open regular hours on Friday (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

And since we’re closed today, my suggestions will consist of on demand music and magazines that everyone can download to a computer or mobile device and enjoy over the long weekend.

(Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request or check out)

On Demand Magazines (including current and back issues – you can read the magazines on a computer or download the RBDigital app from your app store):

AFAR:

AFAR is a different kind of travel magazine that guides and inspires those who travel the world seeking to connect with its people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. Every issue delivers intriguing travel stories told with beautiful photos and a fresh design.

Better Homes & Gardens:

Better Homes and Gardens is the one magazine that helps you turn your home into a comfy, inviting haven. Every issue is packed with bedrooms that wrap you in warmth, kitchens that start your day with sunshine, gardens that greet you with gladness, porches that put you at peace, and recipes that become instant family classics.

Billboard Magazine:

Written for music industry professionals and fans. Contents provide news, reviews and statistics for all genres of music, including radio play, music video, related internet activity and retail updates.

BirdWatching:

BirdWatching is a must-read for anyone who loves birds, whether you are a casual birdwatcher or avid birder. Each issue includes articles by the best known, most respected names in birding, identification tips, spectacular photography, hands-on information about the best birding locations in North America, answers to intriguing reader questions, and much more.

Country Living:

Rooms that invite you to linger. Vintage collectibles displayed with love. A colorful easy-care garden. A porch that says “Come sit!” All yours in the pages of Country Living!

Dirt Rag Magazine:

Dirt Rag is a mountain biking lifestyle magazine. Original art, passionate stories, investigative articles, honest product reviews, comics, music and book reviews and a realistic attitude are what we’re all about. Whether you are a timid beginner or a seasoned race junkie, Dirt Rag speaks to you.

Discover:

Discover Magazine will amaze you, enlighten you, and open your eyes to the awe and wonder of science and technology. Discover reveals secrets, solves mysteries, and debunks old myths. Discover shares new findings and shows you what makes our universe tick.

Esquire:

Esquire is a funny, informative, connected magazine that covers the interests of American men—all the interests of the American man: Politics, style, advice, women, health, eating and drinking, the most interesting people of our time. All that and it’s the most-honored monthly magazine in history.

Guitar Player:

The only magazine committed to the most experienced and serious guitar players. Coverage includes the finest lessons and master classes, interviews with top artists, recording tips, and extensive product reviews.

Star Trek Magazine:

Providing in-depth coverage of all aspects of Star Trek, from the classic years of Kirk and Spock, through Jean Luc Picard, Captains Sisko, Janeway and Archer to the new JJ Abrams movies, Star Trek Magazine is your indispensable guide to the Star Trek universe. Every issue contains star-name interviews, great analytical features and exclusive photography from the CBS archives.

Star Wars Insider:

Celebrating the greatest space adventure saga of all time, Star Wars Insider really gets the reader inside the worlds of Star Wars through interviews, behind-the-scenes exclusives and unrivalled access to the Lucasfilm archives. Each issue offers star interviews, ‘making of’ features and merchandise coverage, plus the unique ‘Blaster!’ section covering up-coming books, comics, action figures and other collectibles.

On Demand Music (the links will take you to the Freegal Catalog – and you can download the Freegal Music app through your app store):

The Classical Thanksgiving, Vol. 1:

This LP, featuring unknown players, contains of light classical music perfect for background music at any dinner gathering.

Songs include: Ave Maria, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. Hunting Cantata, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 21 in C Major

Forever Autumn, Vol. 1 by Various Artists:

This is an interesting collection of autumn inspired music.

Songs include: Forever Autumn by Tommy Cruise, Orinoco Flow by Ryan & Rachel O’Donnell, River Man by Gail Arden, Clarie De Lune by Antoine Coercy and Hedwig’s Theme by the Hogwarts Orchestra

The Great Thanksgiving – Hymns and Songs of Thanks and Brotherhood by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir:

Songs include: Ballad of Brotherhood, A Song of Thanksgiving, Onward, Ye Peoples, Prayer of Thanksgiving & All People That on Earth Do Dwell

Jazz Music for Thanksgiving Dinner by Various Artists:

Songs include: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Till There Was You Be Eddie Fisher, Bicycle Built for Two by Barrel Fingers Barry, My Favorite Things by 101 Strings & Stomping At The Savoy by the Benny Goodman Orchestra

Thanksgiving: A Windham Hill Collection by Various Artists:

Songs include: We Gather Together by Paul McCandless, Bygone Days by Eileen Ivers, Simple Gifts by Tracy Silverman & The Gathering by Will Ackerman

Turkey Day Spectacular! Thanksgiving Music by Various Artists:

Songs Include: Shake A Feather by Ike & Tine Turner, Costello’s Pet Turkey by Abbott & Costello, Turkey Stomp by The Living End, Preparing a Live Turkey for Thanksgiving by Jimmy Durante & We Are Family by Sister Sledge

And if some mediation and relaxation music is order, after a busy Thanksgiving Day, here are two albums of Native American Flute music to fit that bill:

Native American Flute Meditations by Native American Flute Tribe:

The music on this album is perfect if you’re looking to relax and unwind after Thanksgiving dinner.

The LP features three relaxing works: Meditating on Natures Wonders (27 minutes), Four Winds Meditation (42 minutes) & Easter Winds Meditation (9 minutes)

Native American Flute: Sleep Music by Native American Flute:

The music on this LP is a perfect complement to a quiet post-Thanksgiving evening.

Songs include: Lullaby with Flute & Crickets, All Tucked In, Flute of the Moon, Peacful Storm & Winds of Sleep.

Have a great day and drop by the library on Friday or Saturday!

Linda, SSCL

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended titles for today.

(Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request or check out)

Our digital suggestion for today is the e-book:

American Street by Ibi Zoboi:

A National Book Award Longlist title with five starred reviews!

American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys.

In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

And our print book suggested read for the day is:

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh:

EAST ASIA, 2199. After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the academy’s ranks. Abandoned as a child in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.

With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands–as a soldier of the Republic, or a rebel of the people.

Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut.

Also of note, you can also request items by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended titles for today.

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Our digital suggestion for today is the ebook:

Rad Women Worldwide, Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History written by Kate Schatz by Miriam Klein Stahl:

Educational and inspirational, this gift-worthy New York Times bestseller from the authors of Rad American Women A-Z, is a bold, illustrated collection of 40 biographical profiles showcasing extraordinary women from across the globe.

Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and amazing tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well-researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. The book features an array of diverse figures from 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, from Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica). An additional 250 names of international rad women are also included as a reference for readers to continue their own research.

This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women’s history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home. Together, these stories show the immense range of what women have done and can do. May we all have the courage to be rad!

For teachers, this book is appropriate for grades 6-8 and could be used in either Social Studies or English classes, or as part of a text for a multidisciplinary unit. It can also be used as a Common Core text for grades 6-8 Social Studies/History – CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1-10.

Contents:
Enheduanna (Mesopotamia)
Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)
Kalpana Chawla (India)
Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma)
Qiu Jin (China)
Junko Tabei (Japan)
Fe Del Mundo (Philippines)
Dame Katerina Te Heikōkō Mataira (New Zealand)
Faith Bandler (Australia)
Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (Norway & U.S.A.)
Miriam Makeba (South Africa)
Wangari Maathai (Kenya)
Kasha Jacqueline Nagabasera (Uganda)
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (Nigeria)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)
Hatshepsut (Egypt)
Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (Argentina)
Marta (Brazil)
Quintreman Sisters (Chile)
Policarpa “La Pola” Salavarrieta (Colombia)
Bastardilla (Colombia)
Nanny of the Maroons (Jamaica)
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (Mexico)
Frida Kahlo (Mexico)
Queen Lili’uokalani (Hawaii)
Venus and Serena Williams (U.S.A.)
Birutė Mary Galdikis (Canada)
Buffy Sainte-Marie (Canada)
ENIAC Programmers (U.S.A.)
Guerrilla Girls (U.S.A.)
Grace “Granuaile” O’Malley (Ireland)
Princess Sophia Duleep Singh (England)
Poly Styrene (England)
Sophie Scholl (Germany)
Marie Curie and Irene Joliot-Curie (France)
Josephine Baker (France)
Maria Montessori (Italy)
Hypatia (Egypt)
Emma Goldman (Russia)
The Stateless (no country listed)

And our print book suggested read for the day is:

Future Home Of The Living God by Louise Erdrich:

 

Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event.

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.

Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby’s origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity.

There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe.

A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.

Also of note, you can also request items by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Daily Digital & Print Suggested Reads: Monday, November 20, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended titles for today.

(Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request or check out)

Our digital suggestion for today is the ebook:

Hyperion, Hyperion Cantos Series, Book 1 by Dan Simmons:

A stunning tour de force filled with transcendent awe and wonder, Hyperion is a masterwork of science fiction that resonates with excitement and invention, the first volume in a remarkable epic by the multiple-award-winning author of The Hollow Man.

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it.

And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

Praise for Dan Simmons and Hyperion

“Dan Simmons has brilliantly conceptualized a future 700 years distant. In sheer scope and complexity it matches, and perhaps even surpasses, those of Isaac Asimov and James Blish.”—The Washington Post Book World

“An unfailingly inventive narrative . . . generously conceived and stylistically sure-handed.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Simmons’s own genius transforms space opera into a new kind of poetry.”—The Denver Post
“An essential part of any science fiction collection.”—Booklist

And our print book suggested read for the day is:

Thessaly: The Complete Trilogy (The Just City, The Philosopher Kings, Necessity) Paperback by Jo Walton:

Finalist for 2017 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

For the first time, Jo Walton’s critically acclaimed, genre-defying trilogy Thessaly―The Just City, The Philosopher Kings, and Necessity―is available in softcover, in a single-volume trade paperback omnibus.

The goddess Athena thought she was creating a utopia. Populate the island of Thera with extraordinary men, women, and children from throughout history, and watch as the mortals forge a harmonious society based on the tenets of Plato’s Republic.

Meanwhile, following his famous spurning by a nymph, Athena’s ever-curious brother Apollo has decided to live a mortal human life on the island, in an effort to gain a better understanding of humanity.

But as both Athena and Apollo soon discover, even the Just City is susceptible to the iron law that nothing ever happens as planned. And there are sins in Paradise, mortal and divine, far graver than the everyday ones.

In an epic encompassing sandy Mediterranean shores and the farthest reaches of the galaxy, Victorian England and Renaissance Italy, gods and humans argue, fight, love, and most of all, learn from one another, in critically-acclaimed author Jo Walton’s unique exploration of the human condition.

Also of note, you can also request items by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

Freegal Music Service

This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listens November 2017 Week 3

Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Just Charlie by Charlie Wilson (Genre: R&B, Funk, Pop)

Charlie Wilson first came to the forefront of the music scene in the 70s and 80s as a member of, and lead singer for the Gap Band.

This 2010 LP shows him at his solo career finest and includes the songs: My Girl is a Dime, You Are, I Wanna Be Your Man, Crying for You and Lotto.

Conversations with Christian by Christian McBride (Genre: Jazz):

Vocalist and acoustic bassist Christian McBride plays duets with a number of talented and well known guests on this LP including Sting, Angelique Kidjo, Dee Dee Brdigewater, Eddie Palmieri, George Duke, Doctor Billy Taylor & Hank Jones. Also of note is the excellent playing by McBride’s band including work by Roy Hargove on trumpet, Ron Blake on tenor saxophone and Russell Malone on guitar.

Songs on the album include: Afirika (feat. Angelique Kidjo), Consider Me Gone (feat. Sting), Spiritual (feat. Dr. Billy Taylor) & McDukey Blues (feat. George Duke).

Street of Paris: Rue Henry Monnier  by Various Artists (Genre: Electronic/Pop):

From the researching this album online I discovered very little information about the artists on the LP. Most of the groups have brief listings on the AllMusic site and those groups are all classified as playing electronic music.

The songs on the album feature a blend of electronic instruments, horns and guitars and collectively the offer listeners a journey of easy listening musical experimentation.

Songs on the album include: Samedi Soir by Soul Buddha, Soft Red Light by Panaphonic, Wassup by The Bas Lexter Ensample, Hotel D’amour by Bobby Trafalgar and Rock N’ Roll Partyout by Capsule.

Hats Off: A Tribute to Bill Monroe by Various Artists (Genre: Country, Classic Country, Folk):

This various artist collection offers a solid tribute to Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe. In fact, in researching Bill Monroe for this posting I discovered that in 1940s he played with a group known as the Blue Grass Boys – and they played a fast tempo style of music that emphasized the proficiency of fiddle players, banjo players and guitarists and they were so popular and influential that the group gave its name to a new style of country music – Bluegrass!

This is a happy, upbeat collection of songs that honor the work and memory of Bill Monroe.

Includes on the LP are the songs: Orange Blossom Special by Donna Stoneman, Muleskinner Blues by the Stonemansons, In The Pines by Mac Wiseman, Footprints In The Snow by Smith Brothers and Little Georgia Rose by Seldom Scene.

Sibelius by Leif Ove Andsnes (Genre: Classical):

Andsnes hail from Norway and is word renowned as an outstandingly skillfully pianists whose works generally fall under the genre of classical music.

This 2017 release features 24 songs including: 6 Impromptus, Op. 5: 6 Impromptus, Op. 5: Impromptu V, Kyllikki – Three Lyrical Pieces for Piano, 10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 24: 10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 24: Romance, No. 9, Valse Triste, Op. 44, No. 1 and 6 Bagatelles for Piano, Op. 97: Lied, No. 2

CD Suggestion of the Week:

Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel (1944-2007):

The majority of this music has never been reissued on CD, or in any other form (most tracks were originally released on regional independent labels). Most post-WWII compilations of African-American gospel music naturally concentrate on the astounding quartet and solo vocalist sounds made during the music’s Golden Age. Fire In My Bones attempts to address and collect more neglected sounds from that era (and on to the present day). Dozens of traditions are represented. Some go back hundreds of years while others seem to have been arrived at as soon as the tape began to roll. Field recordings and studio tracks are all mashed together, with solo performances next to congregational recordings, hellfire sermons next to afterlife laments. Leon Pinson, Elder & Sister Brinson & the Brinson Brothers, Grant & Ella, Straight Street Holiness Group, Theotis Taylor, Brother & Sister W B Grate — these artists will now be just a little less obscure.

Fire In My Bones provides a small peek at the incredible diversity and power of post-war black gospel. Much of this music is raw, distorted and might sound a bit strange. But it is not presented as a novelty freak show or as “outsider music.” This is gospel – which we must always remember translates as “the good news” – as it has been sung and performed in tiny churches and large programs, from rural Georgia to urban Los Angeles. It is clearly among the most vibrant, playful, beautiful and emotionally charged music in the world.

Produced by Mike McGonigal. Package design by Grammy-winner Susan Archie.

Songs include: Peace in the Valley by Rev. Lonnie Ferris, Rock and Roll Sermon by Elder Beck, By His Word by the Holmes Sisters and Swing Low by Theotis Taylor

Streaming Videos of the Week:

You Are by Charlie Wilson:

Consider Me Gone by Christian McBride & Sting:

Soft Red Light by Panaphonic:

Stoneman Family Short Bio:

It’s Mighty Dark To Travel Mac Wiseman:

Sibelius (Trailer) by Leif Ove Andsnes:

Down By The Riverside by Snooks Eaglin:

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

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Non-Fiction DVD Recommendations 11 17 17

Happy Friday everyone, here are our three recommended non-fiction DVDs for this week!
(Click on the photos to request the DVDs)

1. The Concert for New York City:


On October 20, 2001, this now-historic concert took place at Madison Square Garden, a mere six weeks after the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Thousands of firefighters, police officers, survivors, families, and fans witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event as, in the space of nearly six hours, many legendary musical performers donated their time and their talent to one of the greatest causes ever, in the process giving their audience an unforgettable burst of pure emotion.

Organized by Sir Paul McCartney, the Concert for New York City was an overwhelming experience that deserves to be saved for posterity. The two-CD audio recording is crammed with dozens of superb performances but doesn’t give a sense of the whole show that this two-DVD set certainly does. Not only can we relive such seminal performers from that evening as the Who, David Bowie, John Mellencamp, and Sir Paul himself, we can see the charming and personal short films made for the occasion by such New York filmmakers as Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, or the dozens of celebrities and unsung firefighters and police officers who immortalized that day with their stories and musical introductions.

There is one quibble: the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris,” one of the blues standards Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy played, and McCartney’s “From a Lover to a Friend” and “Lonely Road” are all missing, which seems curious, considering that the entire show could have easily fit onto two DVDs. So don’t erase that videotape you made of the concert the night it aired, because that remains the definitive version. But this DVD (with very good Dolby 5.1 surround sound) comes close. –Kevin Filipski, Amazon review

Dewey Decimal Number: DVD 780.787 CON

Trailer (or in this case, after a few seconds, a bit of concert footage from the show featuring The Who)

2. The Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged):


Life is short. The complete works of Shakespeare are long. To the rescue: THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, the three-man comedy troupe known for fast, funny, physical condensations of real serious stuff. They wrap up the Bard’s outsized oeuvre in 90 roller-coaster, rib-tickling minutes. After warming up with a nothing-is-sacred send-up of Romeo and Juliet, they’re off, dispensing with the comedies in one fell swoop (because the tragedies are funnier). You decide after you see Othello as a rap song, Titus Andronicus as a cooking program, and the show’s unforgettable finale – Hamlet – told with the help of audience members and lascivious sock puppets. Contains material not seen on the PBS broadcast. “Intellectual vaudeville” – The New York Times. “Inspired American spoof merchants…slings and arrows of outrageous comedy” – Daily Telegraph. “This trio of modern Marx brothers will leave you in stitches” – Boston Herald. WARNING: High-speed hilarity. Not for people with weak hearts or English degrees! Starring Adam Long, Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor.

Dewey Decimal Number: DVD 792.2 RED

Trailer: (or in this case a clip from the comedies section of the program)

3. Rebels & Redcoats: How Britain Lost America:


In the summer of 1776, British forces land in New York. They outmaneuver Washington in Brookline and force him out of the city. During a tough winter, he is forced to retreat and his army begins to disintegrate. Then on Christmas night, Washington leads a daring raid across the frozen Delaware River, giving him victory at Trenton and saving the revolution. Yet the British still appear superior in this war, capturing the great Fort Ticonderoga. In reality the Redcoats are overstretched on this vast continent, and in 1777 they surrender at Saratoga. The American rebels find a new ally in France, which joins them in their struggle against King George III.

Dewey Decimal Number: 973.3 REB

Trailer (or to be more exact a fuzzy copy of the entire program as I couldn’t find a trailer for this program):

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL