Suggested Listening May 21, 2021

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, May 28, 2021.

NEW HOURS: The library now has expanded hours; increasing the number of hours we are open a week to 55 per week!

The Southeast Steuben County Library is now open:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

And without further ado, on to the 10 recommended songs of the week!

All I Really Want To Do by Cher (Vocal, Pop)

When Sonny & Cher hit it big in the mid-sixties, Sonny negotiated a contract for Cher to record her first solo album; All I Really Want To Do; the title track being a cheerful version of the Bob Dylan penned classic – enjoy!

From The Album: All I Really Want To Do (1965).

Better Days Ahead by John Pizzarelli (Jazz, Guitar, Instrumental)

Better Days is an upbeat song from Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli from his equally upbeat new album!

From The Album: Better Days Ahead (Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny) (2021).

Destiny by The Chills (Genre: Pop-Rock)

The Chills are a terrific New Zealand indie (AKA traditional) rock band led by songwriter, guitarist and lead singer Martin Phillipps.

From The Album: Scatterbrain (2021)

Reet’s Neat by Phil Woods, Tommy Flanagan & Red Mitchell (Genre: Jazz)

Saxophonist Woods, pianist Flanagan & and bassist Mitchell recorded these sessions together with no other musicians – which allowed them space to musically spread out and instantly respond to each other as they played. A great set!

From The Album: Three For All (1981)

Right Now by Billy Preston

Right Now is a great organ-centric seventies tune; from singer-keyboardist Preston’s upbeat debut Apple (Beatles not tech!) LP Encouraging Words.

From The Album: Encouraging Words (1970)

Television by Lula Wiles (Genre: Folk)

Lula Wiles is a folk trio consisting of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Isa Burke, fiddler Eleanor Buckland and bassist Mali Obomsawin. The trio first met at summer camp. All three musicians attended the Berklee School of Music, and then formed the band Lula Wiles, releasing their first album, simply titled Lula Wiles, in 2016. Their new album features songs that highlight the transitional era we are living through – check it out.

From The Album: Shame And Sedition (2021).

Things That Matter by Alan Jackson (Genre: Country)

Country master Alan Jackson with a song from his first new album in six years.

From The Album: Where Have You Gone (2021).

Screamin’ And Hollerin’ The Blues by Charley Patton (Genre: Blues)

Guitarist and singer Charley Patton is one of the most influential early, Delta Blues, musicians. His acoustic guitar playing and singing are raw and earthy = great blues music

From The Album: Founder of the Delta Blues

To Susan on The West Coast Waiting by Donovan (Genre: Folk, Pop-Rock)

British folk singer Donovan was at his youthful creative peak with this great folk-pop album from 1969. The narrator of the song To Susan on The West Coast Waiting is Vietnam era soldier – so listeners get a small glimpse of the Vietnam era through the song.

From The Album: Barabajagal (1969)

Tiny Desk (Home) Concert: Laurie Anderson (2021)

The talented experimental singer-songwriter and musician offers listeners a treat with this newly released NPR (at home) Tiny Desk Concert.

Songs include Let X=X, Violin Cello Improv & O Superman.

Laurie is accompanied by Roman Baran on synthesizer and Rubin Kodheli on cello.

Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week

Long Lost (2021) by Lord Huron

Lord Huron

Lord Huron is a LA based indie rock group led by Michigan native Ben Schneider, thus the name of the group – taken from the Great Lake – Michigan. Long Lost is a wistful album perhaps best appreciated by those of us who can think back twenty years to what was.

And from the album, the song:

Twenty Long Years Ago

Have a good weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic. 2021. AllMusic | Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands. [online] Available at: <;.

References Of The Week

NPR’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 1971. (2021, May 3). NPR.

Online Catalog Links:


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The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.


A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

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