Suggested Listening May 18, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Monday, May 18, 2020.

On another music note, just FYI there is a library music app, Freegal Music, that allows you to stream unlimited commercial free music to a  mobile device. You can find it in your app store, or, alternately you can stream music to a PC from the Freegal Catalog by clicking on the following link:

If you have questions about how to use the Freegal Music Service, please let me know! You can contact me by leaving a message on the blog. Or, you can send an email to the following address and I’ll get back to you!

I’m going to preface today’s posting with a little bit of trivia and a related video clip from YouTube.
Aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss was born in Hammondsport, New York on May 21, 1878. And here is a short Smithsonian clip showing just how much Curtiss contributed to the evolution of flight technology!

And on to the music of the day, a bit of country, a bit of rock, a bit of jazz and classical too – we’ve got a well-balanced musical plate today – enjoy!

Recommended Music Videos

The Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton | From the LP The Spectacular Johnny Horton (Genre: Country, Classic Country)

A classic and slightly whimsical song by the great country singer Johnny Horton, chronicling how the U.S. army won the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

The Beat Goes on by Sonny & Cher | From the LP In Case You’re In Love (Genre: Folk-Rock, Pop)

The then husband and wife duo, Sonny & Cher, performing one of their biggest hits!

Countin’ The Blues by Gertrude “Ma” Rainey | From the album Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (Genre: Blues)

Ma Rainey is considered one of the queens of the blues. She only recorded during the 1920s but was quite prolific – recording more than 100 songs. Here is Countin’ the Blues from 1924.

Fantasia dei Gatti by Augustin Hadelich | from the album Paganini 24 Caprices (Genre: Classical)

A fantasy video, with cats, for a fantasy song, Fantasia dei Gatti, played by the talented Italian violinist Augustin Hadelich.

Love Reign O’er Me by The Who (Live At Hyde Park) | Original sone from the LP Quadrophenia (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

One of The Who’s classic songs from their second best rock opera – Quadrophenia!

My Heart is Burning Dogs of Desire, Annika Socolofsky, John Daugherty & David Alan Miller (Genre: Classical, Folk) | From the LP This Land Sings

The This Lands Sings album, features some great singing and the whole LP is inspired by the work of Woody Guthrie. This song, is an instrumental and is very atmospheric, featuring harmonica playing you can just picture coming from a hobo riding a train.

Rain For Sleeping and Relaxation (Sounds of Nature) by Joe Baker | From the LP Rain For Sleeping and Relaxation (Genre: Nature Sounds)

One hour of the sound of raining coming down – relaxation on demand!

Summertime by Miles Davis | From the album Porgy and Bess (Genre: Jazz)

The great jazz trumpetist Miles Davis offers a terrific version of one of the best known songs from the musical show Porgy and Bess – Summertime.

Walking After Midnight by Patsy Cline | From the album Patsy Cline (Genre: Country, Classic Country)

A huge hit for Patsy Cline in 1957, Walking After Midnight is still one of her best known songs today.

When You’re My Age by Lori McKenna with Hillary Lindsey & Liz Rose | From the forthcoming album The Balladeer (Genre: Folk, Americana)

The insightful folk singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, has a new album coming out in July; When You’re My Age is the title track and first single. McKenna seems to be singing to her adult children with this song – which is a great I’m-a-certain-age-so-I-have-a-deeper-perspective type of song. I was a little surprised, in doing research for this posting, to find that McKenna is slightly younger than I am – but as she has been married for more than 30 years and has 5 children and she’s got that looking down the years perspective thing down pat. (How is it that time flies so fast?!)

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Leo Sayer | From the LP Endless Flight (Genre: Pop, Classic Pop)

And our finally song for today is an upbeat pop classic from one of the masters of 1970s pop/rock – Leo Sayer. It is very easy to dance to the song You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.

Be well & happy listening!

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


Online Catalog Links:


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.


You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the Libby and/or the RBDigital app, to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and on-demand magazines, from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

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