Suggested Listening May 22, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for May 22, 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!

Recommended Music Videos

Both Sides Now & The Circle Day by Joni Mitchell (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk)

The talented singer-songwriter performs two of her classic songs. The video clip is from the CBS series This Is It, and was recorded in 1968.

Mini Concert (1973) by Jim Croce (Genre: Folk, Singer-Songwriter)

The great singer-songwriter and storyteller Jim Croce filmed by the Los Angeles Public Broadcasting System as part of a pledge drive in 1973. Songs include Next Time, This Time, Operator & Roller Derby Queen.

Misty by Sarah Vaughan (Genre: Jazz, Vocal)

Sarah Vaughan was one of the great jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. Here she is signing the vocal classic Misty, which was recorded in Sweden in 1964.

Mr. Bojangles by Sammy Davis Jr. (Genre: Vocal)

The great showman and singer Sammy Davis Jr. singing the great bittersweet Jerry Jeff Walker story song – Mr. Bojangles!

Playground by Henry Adam Curtis (Genre: New Age, Instrumental, Piano)

Playground, performed by the talented Kauai based pianist and educator Henry Adam Curtis, is the opening track on a relaxing LP from Windham Hill titled Sundown Piano Collection. The entire album, will automatically play once you click on the Playground play button. Other artist featured in the collection include George Winston, Liz Story, Jim Brickman, Philip Aaberg and Peggy Stern.

Polk Salad Annie by Tony Joe White (Genre: Classic Rock, Swamp Rock)

The premier swamp rocker, Tony Joe White, performing one of his biggest hits, the atmospheric and humorous Polk Salad Annie.

The River by Garth Brooks (Genre: Country, Modern Country)

The maestro of modern country music recorded at a music award show in 1992!

Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo by Rick Derringer (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Seventies Rock)

Guitarist and producer Rick Derringer played with the McCoys and with brothers Johnny and Edgar Winter in the sixties. In the seventies, he launched a successful solo career, and in the years since has continued to play live, record and produce other artists.

Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo is both a Derringer and a seventies rock classic. It is the lead song on the soundtrack to the set in 1970s American Graffiti-esque film Dazed and Confused (1993). If you haven’t seen it, the film follows students on the last day of high school in in 1976, and it has a great soundtrack! It is also one of those films that is a great compliment to the summer season.

Union, God and Country by Steve Earle & The Dukes (Genre: Folk, Roots Rock, Singer-Songwriter)

The insightful singer songwriter Steve Earle offers a brand new album, Ghosts of West Virginia, that focuses on the lives and hardships of modern day coal miners.

The song Union, God and Country may be about coal miners, but it will also strike a chord with many blue collar workers.

Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 “La Primavera” – 2. Largo, performed by The Ancient Academy of Music with Christopher Hogwood conducting (Genre: Classical)

It seems a good time of year, when the seasons are changing, to listen to Vivaldi’s the Four Seasons. The suggested composition is the soothing La Primavera – 2. Largo, and you can access the entire recording on YouTube.

Bonus Video

Rainy Night in Georgia performed by Brooks Benton, written by Tony Joe White

I didn’t realize until doing research for this positing, that in addition to recording his own music, and producing artists, that Tony Joe White was also a prolific songwriter! Artists who recorded his songs included Buffalo Springfield, Elvis, Hank Williams Jr. and Brooks Benton who did a terrific cover of this song – Rainy Night in Georgia!

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.

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