Suggested Listening May 10, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical streaming* suggestions for the week.

(Click on the photo of the album or playlist you’d like to hear, to play it!)

The Music Never Stops (2019) by Betty Carter (Genre: Jazz, Vocal):

The Music Never Stops is a wonderful album by the late Betty Carter. The album was recorded in 1992 and has just been released. The recording was made at one of the early Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts and shows Carter at her singing best.

Songs on the album include Ms. B.C., Make It Last, 30 Years, Moonlight in Vermont, The Good Life and Bridges.

High Button Shoes (1947) (Broadway Show Soundtrack):

The High Button Shoes story is set in 1913 New Brunswick, NJ, is based on the 1946 novel the Sisters Liked Them Handsome by Stephen Longstreet and chronicles the humorous encounters between two conmen and the Longstreet Family.

The musical was composed by the legendary duo of Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn.

Songs on the LP include I Get Jealous, Papa, Won’t You Dance With Me, There’s Nothing Like a Model T, Get Away for a Day in the Country and On a Sunday by the Sea.

Live Through The Years (2019) by Billy Joel (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Rock):

Billy Joe’s greatest hits performed live in concert through the years.

The collection features the songs Angry Young Man, Just The Way You Are, The Ballad of Billy the Kid, Allentown, Pressure and The Downeaster “Alexa.”

Night Music (2019) by Dorothee Oberlinger & I Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca (Genre: Classical):

Dorothee Oberlinger is a classical recorder player and has performed with Musica Antiqua Köln and London Baroque. She also teaches at the Mozarteum Academy in Vienna, Austria.

Night Music is her new album and her playing ranges from joyous to hauntingly beautiful.

Songs on the album include Nani Nani, Violin Concerto in E Major, Chamber Concerto in G Minor and Engels Nachtegaeltje.

The Secret (2019) by Alan Parsons (Genre: Pop/Rock):

Progressive rock legend Alan Parsons is back with a brand new album full of his classic mixture of symphonic and progressive rock styles.

Songs on the album include The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, As Lights Fall, One Note Symphony, Sometimes and Soirree Fantastique.

Today Was A Good Day (2019) by Lucy Spraggan:

In his AllMusic Review critic James Christopher Monger described this LP this way “Today Was a Good Day delivers an affable, versatile, and relatable blast of mostly cheery, hook-laden folk-pop that evokes names like KT Tunstall, the Lumineers, and Courtney Barnett.” And that succinctly sums it up! Lucy Spraggan’s style features a great mixture of relatable modern folks songs with a pop rock beat.

Songs on this refreshing album include Stick the Kettle On, Connie’s Bar, Love is the Best Revenge, The Waiting Room and As the Saying Goes.

Restless Wind (2019) by George Winston (Genre: Piano, Instrumental, Easy Listening, New Age):

The great George Winston takes a melodic tour through the past with his new album Restless Wind.

Songs on the LP include  Cancion Mixteca (Immigrant’s Lament) from 1915, Gershwin’s Summertime, Sam Cook’s A Change Is Gonna Come, the Stephen Stills classic For What It’s Worth, The Times of Harvey Milk from 1984 and a wonderful medley The Wayward Wind which spotlights the songs The Restless Wind and Que Sera Sera.

Videos of the Week:

Bridges by Betty Carter

 

If I Should Lose You by Betty Carter

 

Can’t You See Yourself In Love With Me by Mark Dawson & Lois Lee from the original Broadway cast recording of High Button Shoes

 

Nothing Like A Model T by Phil Silvers from the original Broadway cast recording of High Button Shoes

 

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel

 

Through The Years Medley by Billy Joel

 

Chamber Concerto in G Minor, RV 104, “La notte”: I. Largo

 

Nani Nani (Sephardic Song, Arr. for Solo Recorder) by Dorothee Oberlinger

 

Miracle by Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz

 

Sometimes by Alan Parsons, featuring Lou Gramm

 

Lighting by Lucy Spraggan

 

Today Was A Good Day by Lucy Spraggan

 

Cancion Mixteca (Immigrant’s Lament) by George Winston

 

For What Its Worth by George Winston

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic: https://www.allmusic.com/

*Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library cardholders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries. STLS member libraries include all the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler, and Allegany counties — including our own Southeast Steuben County Library.

You can download the Freegal music app to your mobile device or access the desktop version of the site by clicking on the following link:

*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.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Reading May 6, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our recommended titles for the week, five digital titles available through OverDrive and five print titles available through StarCat.

DIGITAL SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Bowlaway: A Novel by Elizabeth McCracken

A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley

From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century—nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person—Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. But Bertha is plucky, tenacious, and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford’s most defining landmark—with Bertha its most notable resident.

When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her past resurfaces in the form of a heretofore-unheard-of son, who arrives in Salford claiming he is heir apparent to Truitt Alleys. Soon it becomes clear that, even in her death, Bertha’s defining spirit and the implications of her obfuscations live on, infecting and affecting future generations through inheritance battles, murky paternities, and hidden wills.

In a voice laced with insight and her signature sharp humor, Elizabeth McCracken has written an epic family saga set against the backdrop of twentieth-century America. Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family’s myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide.

 

Gingerbread: A Novel by Helen Oyeyemi

The prize-winning, bestselling author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a bewitching and imaginative novel.

Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories, beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.

Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (or, according to many sources, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee’s early youth. The world’s truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread, however, is Harriet’s charismatic childhood friend Gretel Kercheval —a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met.
Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother’s long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet’s story. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value. Endlessly surprising and satisfying, written with Helen Oyeyemi’s inimitable style and imagination, it is a true feast for the reader.

 

Lessons From Lucy by Dave Barry (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Dave Barry reads his latest book on how he learned to age gracefully, taking cues from his beloved and highly intelligent dog, Lucy.

Faced with the obstacles and challenges of life after middle age, Dave Barry turns to his best dog, Lucy, to learn how to live his best life. From “Make New Friends” (an unfortunate fail when he can’t overcome his dislike for mankind) to “Don’t Stop Having Fun” (validating his longtime membership in a marching unit that performs in parades—and even Obama’s inauguration), Dave navigates his later years with good humor and grace. Lucy teaches Dave how to live in the present, how to let go of daily grievances, and how to feel good in your own skin. The lessons are drawn from Dave’s routine humiliations and stream-of-consciousness accounts of the absurdities of daily life, which will leave readers heaving with laughter and recognition.

Laugh-out-loud hilarious, whether he’s trying to “Pay Attention to the People You Love” (even when your brain is not listening) or deciding to “Let Go of Your Anger,” Dave Barry’s Lessons From Lucy is a witty and wise guide to joyous living.

The Little French Bistro by Nina George (Format: Downloadable Audiobook)

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop, an extraordinary novel about self-discovery and new beginnings.

Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After forty-one years, she has reached her limit, and one evening in Paris she decides to take action. Following a dramatic moment on the banks of the Seine, Marianne leaves her life behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany, also known as “the end of the world.”

Here she meets a cast of colorful and unforgettable locals who surprise her with their warm welcome, and the natural ease they all seem to have, taking pleasure in life’s small moments. And, as the parts of herself she had long forgotten return to her in this new world, Marianne learns it’s never too late to begin the search for what life should have been all along.

With all the buoyant charm that made The Little Paris Bookshop a beloved bestseller, The Little French Bistro is a tale of second chances and a delightful embrace of the joys of life in France.

 

Mornings on Main: A Small-Town Texas Novel by Jodi Thomas

“Compelling and beautifully written.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Ransom Canyon
From the beloved and bestselling author of the Ransom Canyon and Harmony, Texas series comes a powerful, heartwarming story about generations of family and the ironclad bonds they forge

When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she’s definitely not planning to stay—except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family.

Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer’s. And now he has to close Eugenia’s quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he’s out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother’s legacy?

Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her.

An inspiring family saga that asks us to consider what love and chosen family really mean.

 

Renegades by Melissa Meyer (Format: eBook)

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.

Extraordinary Powers.

She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.

 

PRINT BOOK SUGGESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith

The detectives who work in Malmo Police’s Department of Sensitive Crimes take their job very seriously. The lead detective, Ulf Varg, prioritizes his cases above even his dog’s mental health … [In this book, the department] takes on three extremely strange cases. First, the detectives investigate how and why a local business owner was stabbed–in the back of the knee. Next, a young woman’s imaginary boyfriend goes missing. And in the final investigation, Varg must determine whether nocturnal visitations at a local spa have a supernatural element.

 

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

A novel about past mistakes and betrayals that ripple throughout generations, The Guest Book examines not just a privileged American family, but a privileged America. It is a literary triumph. The Guest Book follows three generations of a powerful American family, a family that “used to run the world.” And when the novel begins in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton appear to have everything–perfect children, good looks, a love everyone envies. But after a tragedy befalls them, Ogden tries to bring Kitty back to life by purchasing an island in Maine. That island, and its house, come to define and burnish the Milton family, year after year after year. And it is there that Kitty issues a refusal that will haunt her till the day she dies. In 1959 a young Jewish man, Len Levy, will get a job in Ogden’s bank and earn the admiration of Ogden and one of his daughters, but the scorn of everyone else. Len’s best friend, Reg Pauling, has always been the only black man in the room–at Harvard, at work, and finally at the Miltons’ island in Maine. An island that, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, this last generation doesn’t have the money to keep. When Kitty’s granddaughter hears that she and her cousins might be forced to sell it, and when her husband brings back disturbing evidence about her grandfather’s past, she realizes she is on the verge of finally understanding the silences that seemed to hover just below the surface of her family all her life. An ambitious novel that weaves the American past with its present, Sarah Blake’s The Guest Book looks at the racism and power that has been systemically embedded in the U.S. for generations.

 

Like Lions by Brian Panowich

Clayton Burroughs is a small-town Georgia sheriff, a new father, and, improbably, the heir apparent of Bull Mountain’s most notorious criminal family. As he tries to juggle fatherhood, his job and his recovery from being shot in the confrontation that killed his two criminally-inclined brothers last year, he’s doing all he can just to survive. Yet after years of carefully toeing the line between his life in law enforcement and his family, he finally has to make a choice.

 

Little Darlings: A Novel by Melanie Golding

Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own … creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things. A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley — to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, “These are not my babies.” Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw … she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life. Compulsive, creepy, and inspired by some of our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking — and rechecking — your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.

 

The View From Alameda Island by Robyn Carr

From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy – a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary Lauren makes a decision that will change everything. Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit – a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage. But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

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New York Times Bestsellers May 12, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that ends May 5, 2019.

(Click on the book covers to read a summary of each plot and to request the books of your choice.)

FICTION:

CELTIC EMPIRE by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler:

The 25th book in the Dirk Pitt series.

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

A fictional oral history charting the rise and fall of a ’70s rock ’n’ roll band.

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman:

A young woman’s well-ordered life is disrupted by the I.T. guy from her office.

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin:

The first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin:

In the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are mustering. Basis of the HBO series.

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles:

A Russian count undergoes 30 years of house arrest in the Metropol hotel, across from the Kremlin.

LOST ROSES by Martha Hall Kelly:

In 1914, the New York socialite Eliza Ferriday works to help White Russian families escape from the revolution.

MACHINES LIKE ME by Ian McEwan & Nan A. Talese:

In an alternative 1980s London, a love triangle develops between a couple and a synthetic human.

MIRACLE AT ST. ANDREWS by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge:

A former professional golfer visits the course in Scotland.

THE MISTER by E L James:

Maxim Trevelyan inherits several estates and overpowers his cleaner Alessia Demachi, an Albanian piano prodigy who has been trafficked into England.

NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney:

The connection between a high school star athlete and a loner ebbs and flows when they go to Trinity College in Dublin.

THE OVERSTORY by Richard Powers Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Nine people drawn to trees for different reasons fight for the last of the remaining acres of virgin forest.

REDEMPTION by David Baldacci:

The fifth book in the Memory Man series. The first man Amos Decker put behind bars asks to have his name cleared.

RUN AWAY by Harlan Coben:

A family is torn apart when the daughter becomes addicted to drugs and goes missing.

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

Theo Faber looks into the mystery of a famous painter who stops speaking after shooting her husband.

SOMEONE KNOWS by Lisa Scottoline:

A dark secret emerges when Allie Garvey returns home to attend a childhood friend’s funeral.

STAR WARS: MASTER & APPRENTICE by Claudia Gray:

The bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi is tested when they go on a mission to the royal court of Pijal.

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

A concentration camp detainee tasked with permanently marking fellow prisoners falls in love with one of them.

THE TROUBLE WITH VAMPIRES by Lynsay Sands 

The 29th book in the Argeneau series. Santo Notte falls for a history professor in upstate New York.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens:

In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn:

A recluse who drinks heavily and takes prescription drugs may have witnessed a crime across from her Harlem townhouse.

NON-FICTION:

BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou:

The rise and fall of Theranos, the biotech startup that failed to deliver on its promise to make blood testing more efficient.

BECOMING by Michelle Obama:

The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah:

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

FALTER by Bill McKibben:

How unchecked climate change, robotics and artificial intelligence threaten human existence.

K by Tyler Kepner:

The national baseball writer for The New York Times lobs the folklore behind 10 types of pitches.

LIFE WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME by Chelsea Handler:

The comedian chronicles going into therapy and becoming an advocate for change.

THE MATRIARCH by Susan Page:

A biography of the former first lady Barbara Bush, based on interviews and her private diaries.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist’s patient.

MOMENT OF LIFT by Melinda Gates: 

The philanthropist shares stories of empowering women to improve society.

NANAVILLE by Anna Quindlen:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist observes the joys of being a grandmother.

RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY by Ben Shapiro:

The conservative political commentator reflects upon what he considers most impactful to Western civilization.

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

SAVE ME THE PLUMS by Ruth Reichl:

A memoir by the former restaurant critic of The New York Times and editor in chief of Gourmet.

SHORTEST WAY HOME by Pete Buttigieg:

A memoir by the current mayor of South Bend, Ind., and the first openly gay Democratic candidate to run for president of the United States.

WORKING by Robert A. Caro:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer shares insights into his craft.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening May 3, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical streaming* suggestions for the week.

(Click on the photo of the album or playlist you’d like to hear, to play it!)

The Bluegrass Cardinals (1974/2003) by The Bluegrass Cardinals (Genre: Bluegrass):

The Bluegrass Cardinals formed in Los Angeles in 1974. The group consisted of mandolinist Randy Graham, and father and son musicians Don Parmley on banjo and David Parmley on vocals and guitar.

The group disbaned in the 1990s and David went on to a succesful solo career; and he is still playing concerts today.

The uptempo Bluegrass Cardinals album is the band’s debut LP and features the songs Bird Dog, Girl at the Crossroads Bar, Where No One Stands Alone and Are You Missing Me.

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Schubert (2019) by Khatia Buniatishvili (Genre: Classical, Piano):

Virtuosos pianist Khatia Buniatishvili was born in 1987, began studying piano at age three and at age six began playing professionally. In the years since she has played across the globe with many musical partners including Placido Domingo, Mikhail Pletneve, Myung-Whung Chung, the Seattle Symphony, the London Symphony, the Isreal Phillharmonic and the Toronoto Symphony.

Her new album focuses on the work of Franz Schubert and features the following compositions Piano Sonata No. 21, 4 Impromptus, Op. 90 & Ständchen, S. 560.

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Muskrat Ramble by The Mid States Four (Genre: Barbershop, a cappella, Vocal):

The Midstates Four was a Barbershop quartet that won the international* barbershop competition in 1949.

So yes, indeed, this album if full of what today is a rare singing form – Barbershop Quartet music!

Songs in the collection include Muskrat Ramble, Oklahoma Idian Jazz, Heart of My Heart & Swanee River.

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Live at Winterland (1973/2013) by Quicksilver Messenger Service (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock):

Quicksilver Messenger Service consisted of singer-songwriter and guitarist Dino Valente, singer Jim Murray, guitarist John Cipollina, bassist David Freiberg and drummer Greg Elmore. The group formed in the mid-sixties and was part of the San Francisco based psychedelic sound.

This concert was recorded on December 1, 1973 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and, features the following songs Play My Guitar, Mojo, The Hat, Losing Hand and Who Do You Love?

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Perpetual Optimism (2019) by Herlin Riley (Genre: Jazz):

Herlin Riley is a New Orleans based jazz drummer known for his work with Wynton Marsalis, as a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and for his solo recordings. Perpetual Optimism is his brand new album, and it is – and I can’t resist – an optimistic album! Critic David Gelly, in his Guardian review of the LP, even describes the album as “joyous” and “rhythmically elegant.”

If you like New Orleans jazz – check this album out – it is perfect for weekend listening, and morning, noon or evening listening too!

Songs on the LP include Rush Hour, Be There When I Get There, Borders Without Lines and Stella By Starlight.

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That’s What I Call Keen: 1926-1928 by Charley Straight and His Orchestra (Genre: Jazz, Ragtime):

Charley Straight was a Chicago based pianist who cut his musical teeth during the Vaudeville Era before forming his first big band in the 1920s.

That’s What I Call Keen includes songs recorded by Charley Straight and His Orchestra from 1926 to 1928, and it is a fun collection of vintage jazz horn-centric music!

This is a great album – check it out – songs include Sweet Southern Breeze, Talking to the Moon, Deep Henderson, Hobo’s Prayer and That’s Why I Love You.

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A Tip of the Hat to Fats (2019) by Mitch Woods (Genre: Jazz, Swing, Blues, Jump Blues):

Pianist Mitch Woods has described his music as “rock-a-boogie.” The music on this LP does indeed swing at the crossroads where swing and blues meet 1950s rock.

Woods is accompanied on the album by his backing band Rocket 88, and if you want to dance – this album is perfect – just hit play!

Songs include Solid Gold Cadillac, Mojo Mambo, Down Boy Down, Crawfishin’ and Blue Monday.

 

Videos of the Week:

Concert (August 12, 1983) by The Bluegrass Cardinals (2 hours!)

 

Girl at the Crossroads Bar by The Bluegrass Cardinals

 

F. Liszt – “Ständchen” Piano Transcriptions After Schubert by Khatia Buniatishvili

 

Schubert: Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 90, D. 899 by Khatia Buniatishvili

 

Carolina Sunshine by The Mid States Four

 

Swanee River by The Mid States Four

 

The Hat by Quicksilver Messenger Service

 

Play My Guitar by Quicksilver Messenger Service

 

Perpetual Optimism by Herlin Riley

 

Rush Hour by Herlin Riley

 

Hi Diddle Diddle by Charly Straight and his Orchestra

 

Too Busy by Charly Straight and his Orchestra

 

Solid Gold Cadillac by Mitch Woods

 

Walking To New Orleans by Mitch Woods

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

REFERENCES:

Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic: https://www.allmusic.com/

David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition, https://davidparmley.com/

Herlin Riley, https://www.herlinriley.com/

Herlin Riley: Perpetual Optimism review – good-natured ease, brilliantly done, The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/apr/21/herlin-riley-perpetual-optimism-review

*Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library cardholders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries. STLS member libraries include all the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler, and Allegany counties — including our own Southeast Steuben County Library.

You can download the Freegal music app to your mobile device or access the desktop version of the site by clicking on the following link:

*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.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.