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Suggested Listening January 4, 2019

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

(Click on the photo of the albums you’re interested in to stream it)

Recomended Freegal Streaming Albums:

Duplin: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2018) by Dolly Parton (Genre: Soundtrack, Country):

Dumplin’ is the soundtrack to the 2018 movie of the same name which chronicles the coming of age of a young Willowdean “Dumplin” Dickson.

Dolly Parton appears in the film and recorded the song on the soundtrack. She is joined by a great group of guest artists including: Mavis Staples, Elle King and Alison Krauss.

Songs on the LP, with guest artists, include: Here I Am with Sia, Holdin’ On To You with Elle King, Dumb Blond with Miranda Lambert, Here You Come Again with Will Almai, If We Don’t with Alison Krauss and Two Doors Down with Macy Gray & Dorothy.

Lil G.L.’s Blue Bonanza (2018) by Charley Crockett (Genre: Roots Rock, Country, Americana):

Roots rocker Charley Crockett grew-up in Los Fresnos, Texas and is a distant relative of the famous Davy Crokett. Crockett is backed by a smooth playing, well-schooled band for this his sophomore effort. The record features a great collection of songs including: Good Time Charley’s Got The Blues, A Dime At A Time, T-Bone Shuffle, Bright Lights Big City and Lots Of Luck.

Live at KEXP! (2018) by Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio (Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rock & reminiscent of Book T & The MGs!) :

The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio is a contemporary jazz band based in Seattle. They incorporate elements of funk into their free flowing improvisational based music. The trio features Jimmy James on guitar, David McGraw on drums and Delvon Lamarr on Hammond B-3 organ.

This LP was recorded live at the Little London Plane Upstream Music Festival in Seattle on May 13, 2017. Songs in the set include: Move On Up, Memphis, I Don’t Want To Play, South Leo St. Stomp and Concussion.

Native Sons (1984) by The Long Ryders (Genre: Roots Rock, Folk, Rock):

Native Sons was the first album by roots rockers the Long Riders. The Long Riders style can be described as folk rock with country and punk overtones. This LP put the group on the map and includes the songs: Final Wild Son, Fair Game, Sweet Mental Revenge and Ivory Tower.

And if you like the jangly Rickenbacker guitar sound – check this album out!

 

Louise (2018) by William Melville (Genre: Folk): 

I stumbled across this album, in the Freegal Music Catalog, while doing research for this blog posting. And after I discovered the album, I searched online for information on the folk musician Will Melville; and I didn’t find much information. I can’t tell you where he was born or where he lives now. But I do know this EP sounds great and is his first release! The album features seven modern folk tunes including: Louise, First year, Text You, News Feed and 52 Delaware.

Norman Granz Presents Jazz at the Philharmonic Carnegie Hall Concert, September 13, 1952 (2009) by Various Artists (Genre: Jazz):

This classic concert features 27 songs, was recorded at Carnegie Hall on September 13, 1952 and it features a variety of classic jazz artists including: The Gene Krupa Trio, Buddy Rich, Billie Holiday, the Oscar Peterson Trio and of course, the Jazz at the Philharmonic All Stars.

Songs in the collection include: Sophisticated Lady, Flying Home, Jam Session Blues, Drum Boogie, Trumpet Battle, Perdido and Cottontail.

Wait For Me (Songs of Love, Lust and Discontent from the 1920s and 1930s) by Various Artists:

This is a cool 72 song collection of acoustic blues songs from the twenties and thirties taken from the original 78s.

Songs include: That’s What I Like About You by Jack Teagarden, I Like You by Sol Hoopli’s Novelty Quartet, Wait For Me by Harold & Hazel, Sweet Mama Blues by Dallas String Band, Under A Texas Moon by King Nawahi’S Hawaiians, Carless Love by Slim Barton & Eddie Mapp and I’ve Been Blue Ever Since You Went Away by Charlie McCoy.

Videos:

Here I Am by Dolly Parton:

 

Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton, Macy Gray & Dorothy:

That’s How I Got To Memphis by Charley Crockett:

Jamestown Ferry by Charley Crockett:

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – Full Performance (Live on KEXP) (22:28):

Booker T. Jones: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (17:52):

Final Wild Son by Long Ryders:

The Byrds – Full Concert – 09/23/70 – Fillmore East:

Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds:

Louise by Will Melville:

Drum Boogie by the Gene Krupa Trio live at Carnegie Hall:

Norman Granz Jam Session by Various Artists:

That’s What I Like About You by Jack Teagarden:

I’m Selling My Pork Chops by Memphis Minnie:

10 Vintage New Year Songs – 40’s, 50’s & 60’s:

(NOTE: There is one section of this video college that has very no sound – at about 14 minutes in, while you’re watching clips from Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, the rest of video sounds fine and is fun!)

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

REFERENCES:

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Witburn

Charley Crocket: Story, http://www.charleycrockett.com/story/

AllMusic, https://www.allmusic.com/

Louise EP by Will Melville, https://willmelville.bandcamp.com/releases

About Freegal: 

Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library card holders 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.

Suggested Reading December 31, 2018

Hi everyone, for our final week of reviewing some of the most notable books of 2018 we’re focusing on Non-Fiction titles recommended by the New York Times.

(Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request, check out or know more about!)

EBOOK NON-FICTION TITLES:

Bad Blood Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou:

 

Calypso by David Sedaris:

 

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt:

 

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy:

 

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover:

 

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis:

 

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien:

 

Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948 by Ramachandra Guha:

 

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright:

 

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan:

 

In Pieces by Sally Field:

 

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown:

 

Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs:

 

PRINT NON-FICTION TITLES:

Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig:

 

American Dialogue: The Founders and Us by Joseph J. Ellis:

 

American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer:

 

Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold:

 

Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault:

 

Bad Blood Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou:

 

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding…Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis by Sam Anderson:

 

Calypso by David Sedaris:

 

Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts:

 

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt:

 

The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy:

 

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze:

 

Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin:

 

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams:

 

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy:

 

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover:

 

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker:

 

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith:

 

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman:

 

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis:

 

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien:

 

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright:

 

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon:

 

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan:

 

In Pieces by Sally Field:

 

The Library Book by Susan Orlean:

 

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry by Imani Perry:

 

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown:

 

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L Moore:

 

No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid:

 

Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers:

 

The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum:

 

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations by Ronen Bergman:

 

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer:

 

Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs:

 

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen:

 

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir by Casey Gerald:

 

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore:

 

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler:

 

What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha:

 

Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere by Hillary Chute:

 

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas:

Have a great day!

Linda, SSL

References:

100 Notable Books of 2018 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/19/books/review/100-notable-books.html

Suggested Listening December 28, 2018

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:

“Livin’ with the Blues”(1959) by Barbara Dane with Earl Hines and His Orchestra Plus “On My Way” With Kenny Whitson Quartet (Genre: Vocals, Jazz, Blues):

Barbara Dane, singer, activist, and founder of Paredon Records (now taken over by Smithsonian Folkways), was born in 1929 and is still an active performer today. This LP was released in 1964 and includes original tunes as well as songs by Willie Dixon, Tampa Red and Ma Rainey.

Songs in the collection include: Livin’ With The Blues, How Long, How Long Blues, If I Could Be With You, In The Evenin’ and Why Don’t You Do Right.

Rockin’ Robin by Bobby Day (Genre: Classic Pop, Fifties Rock, R&B):

A Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and rock and doo wop pioneer, Bobby Day wrote and sang three hits that have been covered by multiple artists down the years; Little Bitty Pretty One, Rockin’ Robin and Over And Over. This collection offers us a listen to his greatest hits – harkening back to the fifties!

Songs in the collection include: Rockin’ Robin, Over And Over, Little Bitty Pretty One, Come Seven, Saving My Life For You, When The Swallows Come and Beep Beep Beep.

The Happiness Waltz by Josh Rouse (Genre: Folk, Pop, Rock, Country):

AllMusic offers a succinct and apt overview of this Rouse by noting he is a “critically acclaimed indie singer/songwriter who has embraced rootsy country and soulful pop, all with observant lyrics and touching songs.” I concur with that assessment and would add to this listener’s ears his music is more modern folk than pop or country.

Songs on this 2013 release include: Simple Pleasure, It’s Good To Have You, A Lot Like Magic, Start Up A Family and The Western Isles.

Rock and Other Four Letter Words (1968) by J. Marks and Shipen Lebzelter (Genre: Classic Rock, Jazz, Experimental): 

This is an interesting experimental album from 1968. If you’re a fan of experimental rock, especially that made in the sixties, you should check this LP out.

Here’s a solid description of the album from the Massachusetts based Forced Exposure Mail Order music company:

This New York-based duo released their one and only LP in 1968 on Columbia Masterworks, just months after Frank Zappa released Lumpy Gravy in California. Although the TWO projects have some superficial similarity in structure, it would seem that this later LP must have been made (at least largely), without any knowledge of the Zappa masterpiece. Another morphogenetic reference point might be the first LP by The United States Of America, which also dates from 1968. Originally released simultaneously with Terry Riley’s In C and Wendy Carlos’ Switched on Bach, this new edition of Marks and Lebzelter’s complex, 50-minute heady mix of spoken-word, electronics and experimental psychedelia is taken from the master tapes and consists of a suite of 13 tracks. Where Lumpy Gravy uses orchestral settings, here we have a combination of theatrical text and sung vocals by the Gregg Smith Singers, and on one track, a full Baptist gospel choir praising the virtues of baked beans. The core of this album though, stems from interviews conducted by J Marks for his book, also called Rock and Other Four Letter Words (essentially a book of photos by Linda Eastman, soon-to-be McCartney, with quotes from many of the leading U.S. and UK rock bands of the time).

Included on this LP are numerous cut up and processed excerpts of these interviews with many young rock stars including Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page, Brian Wilson, Grace Slick, etc. Add to this concoction dense arrangements of tape loops, psychedelic rock, electronics and a huge guest list of contributors including jazz players Alan Silva, Andrew Cyrille, Roswell Rudd and Burton Greene, and the scope of this project begins to be seen. It’s hard to believe this is their first time in a studio, such is their confident musicality and bold handling of these varied talents. No doubt much of this is due to the helping hand of the in-house engineers and John McClure who produced this, along with 100s of other recordings at CBS, including the Harry Partch records. After this album Lebzelter (1942 – 1986) went on to found The Trees Community, who released a legendary Christian folk album in 1975. Marks (1930 – 2001) subsequently changed his name in the early ’70s to Jamake Highwater, which is how he is best remembered; writing books, making documentaries and setting up his own foundation for Indian art and culture.

Songs on the LP include: This Is The Word, It’s True, Eine Kleine Hayakawa & Do You Understand What I’m Trying To Say?

Character Study (2018) by Andrew Rathbun (Genre: Jazz):

The new release by the Toronto based Jazz saxophonist.

Songs on the album include: The Golden Fool, Team Of Rivals, His Quiet Determination, Etcetera and Character Study.

Recommended CDs:

A Winter’s Solstice (1985) by Windham Hill Artists (Genre: New Age, Acoustic, Instrumental):

A classic collection of winter music by Windham Hill artists. Songs in the set include: New England Morning by William Ackerman, Bach Bouree by Liz Story, A Tale Of Two Cities by Mark Isham & Engravings II by Stein and Russel Walder.

Best of the Song Books (1996) by Ella Fitzgerald (Genre: Jazz, Vocal): 

A three disc collection of Ella’s music – in essence the greatest hits of a larger 16 disc collection titled “Ella’s Complete Songs Books;” songs in the set include: Love Is Here To Stay, Bewitched, The Lady Is A Tramp, I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good), Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea and Oh, Lady Be Good!

Videos:

Livin’ With The blues by Barbara Dane:

Rockin’ Robin by Bobby Day:

The Happiness Waltz by Josh Rouse:

It’s True by J. Marks & Shipen Lebzelter:

Character Study by Andrew Rathbun:

New England Morning by William Ackerman:

Oh, Lady Be Good! By Ella Fitzgerald:

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

REFERENCES:

AllMusic, https://www.allmusic.com/

Barbara Dane Sings The Blues, https://folkways.si.edu/barbara-dane/sings-the-blues/american-folk-struggle-protest/music/album/smithsonian

Barbare Dane Site, https://www.barbaradane.net/

Rock and Other Four Letter Words. Forced Exposure Mail Order, https://www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/marks-shipen-lebzelter-j-rock-and-other-four-letter-words-lp/PD.028LP.html

About Freegal: 

Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library card holders 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.

New York Times Bestsellers Of The Week – January 6, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week ending January 6, 2019.

And just a quick note, as I will be on vacation for most of the next two weeks the next New York Times Bestseller blog posting will next be published the week of January 14, 2019.

Happy New Year everyone!

FICTION:

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

A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron: 

 

Elevation by Stephen King:

 

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks:

 

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) by George R. R. Martin:

 

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci:

 

Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur:

 

Next Person You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom:

 

Nine Perfect Strangers: A Novel by Liane Moriarty:

 

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts:

 

Past Tense by Lee Child: 

 

The Reckoning: A Novel by John Grisham:

 

Safe And Sound by Fern Michaels:

 

Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson:

 

Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by Heather Morris:

 

Tom Clancy Oath of Office by Marc Cameron:

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens:

 

NON-FICTION:

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

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou:

 

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz:

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama:

 

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking:

 

Churchill: Walking With Destiny by Andrew Roberts:

 

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover:

 

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward:

 

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis:

 

Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’Reilly:

 

Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin:

 

Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza:

 

Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors by Charles Krauthammer:

 

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari:

 

Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution by Tucker Carlson:

Have a great day!

Linda, SSL

Suggested Reading December 24, 2018

Hi everyone, this is our second week of offering recommended titles selected from the New York Times 100 Most Notable Books of 2018 article.

As you’ll recall last week we focused on fiction eBooks, this week our notable titles are all fiction print books.

And for next week, the week that starts December 21, we’ll offer notable non-fiction titles as both eBooks and print books.

And on a holiday hours note, the library is closed on Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1.

The library will be regular hours all other days.

And regular library hours are:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

&

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

And now on to the selections from the New York Times most notable FICTION for 2018 IN THE PRINT BOOK FORMAT:

(Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request, check out or know more about!)

Brown: Poems by Kevin Young:

 

Eternal Life: A Novel by Dara Horn:

 

Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer:

 

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi:

 

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez:

 

Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai:

 

House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea:

 

Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar:

 

In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist:

 

Kites by Gary Romain:

 

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart:

 

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson:

 

Last Stories by William Trevor:

 

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo:

 

Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Rushner:

 

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors:

 

The Neighborhood by Mario Vargas Llosa:

 

The Odyssey by Homer, Translated by Emily Wilson:

 

Only To Sleep: A Philip Marlow Novel:

 

The Overstory by Richard Powers:

 

The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat:

 

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani:

 

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole:

 

Property: Stories Between Two Novellas by Lionel Shriver:

 

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst:

 

There There by Tommy Orange:

 

Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith:

 

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje:

 

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan:

 

The Witch Elm by Tana French:

 

Your Duck Is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg:

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

References

100 Notable Books of 2018. New York Times. Online. Accessed December 17, 2018.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/19/books/review/100-notable-books.html

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat

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.

Freegal Music Service

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

RBDigital

Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available.

About Library Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Libby, Freegal or RBDigital app from your app store to get started.

If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening December 21, 2018

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: 

Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library card holders 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.

New York Times Bestsellers Of The Week – December 23, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week ending December 23, 2018.

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

FICTION:

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly:

 

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks:

 

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) by George R. R. Martin:

 

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny:

 

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci:

 

Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich:

 

Nine Perfect Strangers: A Novel by Liane Moriarty:

 

Oath of Office by Marc Cameron:

 

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts:

 

One Day in December: A Novel by Josie Silver:

 

The Reckoning: A Novel by John Grisham:

 

Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson:

 

Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by Heather Morris:

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens:

 

NON-FICTION:

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson:

 

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou:

 

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz:

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama:

 

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking:

 

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover:

 

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward:

 

Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’Reilly:

 

Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin:

 

Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors by Charles Krauthammer:

 

Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution by Tucker Carlson:

Have a great day!

Linda, SSL