Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical suggestions for the week; five streaming suggestions and two albums on CD.

(Click on the photo of the albums to stream them or, in the case of CDs, put them on hold.)

Recomended Freegal Streaming Albums:

Blue Monday (2018) by Eugene Brosnan (Genre: Folk, Acoustic, Modern Folk):

Eugene Brosnan grew up in Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland and found a love of music as a child. At age 18 he left Ireland, guitar in hand, and spent time gigging around Europe fine tuning his musical skills. Blue Monday is his new album and it features the songs: I Like Talking to You, Monday is My Blue Day, Hannah is a Palindrome and Nobody’s Perfect.

Can’t Believe It’s Christmas (And Other Xmas Hits) (2016) by Gaspard Royant (Genre: Alternative, Vocal, Rock):

Gaspard Royant was born in 1979 in Thonon-les-Bains, in Eastern France. His musical style can be described as a modern light rock. This contemporary EP contains the following songs: I Can’t Believe It’s Christmas, Christmas Time Again, Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas and Happy Christmas (War Is Over).

Stolen Moments – Johannes Brahms, Solo Piano Works (2018) by Rikke Sandberg (Genre: Classical):

Rikke Sandberg is a popular classical pianist who hails from Denmark; Stolen Moments is her new LP. The album features the songs: Partita in D Minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne for Solo Violin (Arr. by Rikke Sandberg for Piano – Left Hand Only), Hungarian Song, Op. 21, No. 2 in D Major: III. Variation No. 2 in D Major, 7 Fantasien, Op. 116: II. Intermezzo – Andante and 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: II. Capriccio – Allegretto non troppo.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (2015) by Bruce Springsteen (Genre: Rock, Singer-Songwriter):

‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ is a comprehensive look at Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The River’ era, one of the most pivotal periods of time in his career. The set contains 52 tracks on with a wealth of unreleased material and includes the original ‘The River’ double album as released in 1980. – from the record company

This is a terrific set to stream!

Songs in the collection include: The Ties That Bind, Sherry Darling, Cadillac Ranch, Drive All Night, Hungry Heart and Meet Me in the City.

Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (2014) by Carrie Underwood (Genre: Country):

A greatest hits collection by the popular country singer. Songs on the album include: Little Toy Guns, Inside Your Heaven, Don’t Forget To Remember Me, Before He Cheats, All-American Girl and Just A Dream.

A Winter Solstice Reunion (1998) by Various Artists  (Genre: New Age, Acoustic, Holiday):

Songs in the collection include: Babe Is Born/Enter The Stable Gently by Liz Story, Snowfall Lullaby by Barbara Higbie, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Alex de Grassi, Year’s End by Michael Manring, 20 Below by Paul McCandless and Christmas Wish by Tuck & Patti

Recommended CDs:

Eight Classic Albums by Bud Powell (Genre: Jazz, Bebop):

Born in 1924, Bud Powell was a great Jazz pianist who had tragic health issues, and died young, after a racially motivated beating he suffered in the 1940s. His piano playing style moved away from the left hand striding that was popular during the Big Band era and instead emphasized chord playing with the left hand – expanding the style of Jazz piano playing and was founding player of the then new Jazz style – Bebop.

This set features all the songs on the following albums: “Bud Powell Trio” (1951), “The Amazing Bud Powell” (1951), “The Amazing Bud Powell Volume 2” (1953), “Bud Powell Trio Volume 2” (1953), “The Amazing Bud Powell Volume 3” (1957) “Time Waits- The Amazing Bud Powell Volume 4” (1958), “Blues in the Closet” (1958), and “The Scene Changes- The Amazing Bud Powell Volume 5” (1959).

Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967 (2018) by Bob Seger & Bob Seger and the Last Heard (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock):

An early collection of music from a young, and then unknown, Midwest rocker named Bob Seger!
Songs in this collection include: Heavy Music, Pt. 1, East Side Story, Persecution Smith, Sock It To Me Santa and Florida Time.

Videos of the Week:

Monday is My Blue Day by Eugene Brosnan:

(C’mon Baby) It’s Christmas Time! by Gaspard Royant:

Partita in D Minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne for Solo Violin (Arr. by Rikke Sandberg for Piano – Left…) by Rikke Sandberg:

The River (live) by Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band:

Something In The Water by Carrie Underwood:

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Alex de Grassi:

Bonus Videos:

As today is the first day of the old festival Yule, as well as the shortest day of the year, I’m going to include a few Yule log videos! (And yes I am a huge fan of Yule Logs!)

My first pick is just a plain and simple video of logs burning for 10 hours – no music at all – but perfect for sitting in front of with a good book!

Fireplace – Full HD – 10 hours crackling logs for Christmas:

And here’s a Yule Log that features soothing holiday music:

Instrumental Christmas Music with Fireplace 24/7 – Merry Christmas!

A more traditional Yule Log with holiday music:

Classic Christmas Yule Log Fireplace in 4k HD Feat. over 2 Hours Of Holiday Music!:

And a slightly fuzzy, but if you’re a certain age – nostalgic, Yule Log – from WPIX:

Original WPIX Yule Log 2hr version:

Joys of Christmas by Chris Rea (If you like bluesy guitar…):

All The Gifts I Need by J. D. McPherson:

Ugly Sweater Blues by J D McPherson: 

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Biography. Eugene Bronson. Accessed December 21, 2018, https://www.eugenebrosnan.com/Biography.28.0.html

Delicious History of the Yule Log ‘Tis the season for rich food traditions, including that of the Christmas Yule log. Written by STEPHANIE BUTLER. Published December 21, 2012, History Channel, https://www.history.com/news/the-delicious-history-of-the-yule-log

First day of winter 2018: 6 facts about the winter solstice (12/21/18) By Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Posted December 21, 2018 at 05:20 AM | Updated December 21, 2018 at 09:54 AM, https://www.nj.com/expo/news/erry-2018/12/b2f67acc2c7386/first-day-of-winter-2018-6-fac.html

History of Christmas – History Channel, https://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas

Magical History Of Yule, The Pagan Winter Solstice Celebration “After the longest night, we sing up the dawn.” Huffington Post | 12/20/2016 01:57 pm ET Updated Dec 22, 2016, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/winter-solstice-pagan-yule_us_585970abe4b03904470af4c5

RIKKE SANDBERG Homepage, https://www.rikkesandberg.com/frontpage/

A Roots And Rockabilly Holiday Concert With JD McPherson And His Band (44:14) | December 11, 2018 | Heard on Fresh Air, https://www.npr.org/2018/12/11/675628082/a-roots-and-rockabilly-holiday-concert-with-jd-mcpherson-and-his-band

Winter Solstice 2018: 10 Facts About the Shortest Day of the Year Written by JANE ROSE | DECEMBER 20, 2018, http://mentalfloss.com/article/72659/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-winter-solstice

About Freegal: 

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

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