Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.
(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)
Freegal Streaming Suggestions*
Sesame Street: Pete Seeger and Brother Kirk Visit Sesame Street (1974) by Pete Seeger with Douglass Kirkpatrick (Genre: Folk, Pop, Kids):
This collection is full of sing along favorites! Pete Seeger is accompanied by “Brother Kirk” who is better known as the singer and Civil Rights activist Reverend Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick.
And even though the duo are singing with a group of children – the music is great for all ages – a classic folk song sing along.
Songs include: This Land Is Your Land, Michael Row Your Boat Ashore, Skip to My Lou, Garbage, She’ll Be Coming ‘Round The Mountain, The Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly and Ballad of Martin Luther King.
The Essential Son House by Son House by Son House (Genre: Blues, Delta Blues, Acoustic):
One of the quintessential Delta Bluesmen Son House was born Eddie James House Jr. in Riverton, Mississippi in 1901; and along with his contemporaries Charley Patton and Willie Brown set down the foundation for the next generation of Blues players, the ones that went electric – including Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.
If you’re not familiar with his playing Son House’s music has an earthly accessible quality to it. Deep vocals with an enthusiastic combo strumming and picking acoustic guitar playing, known as bottle neck (or slide) bring an intensity to the music that most modern music simply doesn’t have.
Songs in the collection include: Pearline, Louise McGhee, Empire State Express, Grinnin’ in you Face, Levee Camp Moan, President Kennedy and Yonder Comes My Mother.
Will Bradley and His Jazz Octet (2008) by Will Bradley and His Jazz Octet (Genre: Swing, Boogie-woogie, Jazz, Easy Listening, Instrumental):
Will Bradley was a swing and Boogie-Woogie trombonist and band leader who hailed from New Jersey and rode a wave of popularity during the Swing era of the 1930s and 1940s.
If you like swing – you’ll enjoy this collection!
Songs on the LP include: The Easy Way, Melody from Mars, I’ve Waited For You, I Like The Old Time Way, Sad Spring and Flat Top Special.
The Very Best Of Bonnie Tyler by Bonnie Tyler (Genre: Pop, Rock, Eighties):
Welsh born singer Bonnie Tyler has a very distinctive raspy voice and had several bit hits in her late seventies and eighties heyday including Total Eclipse of The Heart and Holding Out For A Hero.
Songs in the set include the aforementioned songs and: Here She Comes, Loving You Is A Dirty Job, Fast Than The Speed Of Night, Straight From The Heart and No Way To Treat A Lady.
Recommended CD of the Week:
If All I Was Is Black (2017) by Mavis Staples (Genre: R&B, Soul, Blues, Pop-Rock, Gospel):
This is a great and hopeful album by the world renowned Staple Singers vocalist and soloist Mavis Staples. Staples is 78 going on 79 but you wouldn’t know it from listening to this album – her singing is vibrant and her songs hopeful – that despite the turbulent times we are living in – her take is we’ll get through them!
Songs on the album include: If All I Was Was Black, Who Told You That, Ain’t No Doubt About It, Build A Bridge and We Go High.
Videos of the Week:
Guantanamera by Pete Seeger and his grandson Tao Rodriguez (aka Tao Rodriguez-Seeger):
Skip To My Lou by Pete Seeger:
Garbage Garbage Garbage by Tom Chapin & Oscar The Grouch from Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Concert:
Grinnin’ In Your Face by Son House:
Short Concert by Son House:
Melody From Mars by the Will Bradley Octet:
Celery Stalks At Midnight (1940) by Will Bradley and His Orchestra:
Total Eclipse of the Hart by Bonnie Tyler:
If All I Was Was Black by Mavis Staples:
We Go High by Mavis Staples:
Alphabet by Lou Rawls with kids from Sesame Street circa early 1970s:
Have a great weekend!
*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.
Artist Biography & Discography Information:
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
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.
Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:
Digital Library Catalogs:
Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music
OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos
RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!
The Traditional Library Catalog:
You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!