Suggested Listening Feburary 1, 2019

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

(Click on the photo of the albums to stream them)

Recommended Freegal Streaming Albums & Playlists (Genre: Many!):

Black History Month Playlist featuring Various Artists:

February is Black History Month, offering us the opportunity to learn more about the history and rich cultural heritage of African Americans, and by extension the history and cultural heritage of America itself; as America is a nation of many diverse peoples who contribute their individual threads of culture and history, that when joined together create the tapestry that is the United States.

With that in mind, Freegal is featuring a Black History Month playlist. The list runs more than six hours and features 92 songs. Most of the songs are by great vintage artists including: Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Harry Belafonte, Louis Jordan, Aretha Franklin and Dinah Washington; although the collection also includes some contemporary artists including, Bad Brains, Michael Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, Alicia Keys and John Legend.

And Martin Luther King Jr. is also featured in the collection. He gives a short speech titled We Shall Overcome.

Songs in the collection include: Wade In The Water by The Staple Singers, Me And The Devil Blues by Robert Johnson, No More Auction Block For Me by Odetta, Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday and A Change Is Gonna Come by Same Cooke.

It is a great playlist – check it out!

 

El Sofisticado Jazz & Lounge De Cocktail Inn (2009) by Cocktail Inn (Genre: Jazz, Cocktail Music, Pop, Instrumental):

I couldn’t find any information online about the group “Cocktail Inn.” What I can tell you is that their collection titled El Sofisticado Jazz & Lounge De Cocktail Inn features 14 cool lounge songs – perfect for background music during dinner, cocktail parties or during a cold weekend afternoon!

And I can tell you that according to Google, the English title of the album is Sophisticated Jazz & Lounge by Cocktail Inn.

The songs on the LP are all lounge classics including: Brief And Breezy, Days Of Wine And Roses & The Pink Panther Theme written by Henry Mancini, Corcovado, Wave and The Girl From Ipanema composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Way You Look Tonight written by Jerome Kern and Green Onions originally written and performed by Booker T. & the MGs.

 

Live in Atlantic City (2019) by Heart (Genre: Rock):

The classic band Heart, led by sisters Ann & Nancy Wilson, offers us a live LP, Live In Atlantic City, for this their twenty-third album.

The group plays their greatest hits accompanied by some terrific guests including: Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction founding member and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, country singer-songwriter Gretchen Wilson, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and the band Alice In Chains.

Songs in the set include: Crazy On You, Bébé Le Strange & Straight On (w. Dave Navarro), Lost Angel & Rock n’ Roll (w. Gretchen Wilson), Dog & Butterfly (w. Rufus Wainwright), Rooster (with Alice In Chains) and Barracuda (w. all guests artists).

This is a fun album and perfect for weekend listening! The songs are all familiar but with the guest artists joining in they have an extra spark that makes them even more enjoyable to listen to.

 

Out of Sight (1968) by Maxine Brown (Genre: R&B, Pop, Vocal):

Out Of Sight is classic album by the sixties R&B singer Maxine Brown.

Brown really is a top notch singer and should be much better known today than she is. This album is from the pivotal year 1968 and features the following songs: Sugar Dumplin’, I Wish It Would Rain, I’m In Love, In My Entire Life & When A Man Loves A Woman.

 

Liberty: Piano Songbook (2018) by Lindi Ortega (Genre: Piano, Popular Music, Instrumental, Country):

Lindi Ortega is an award winning Canadian singer-songwriter whose previous five albums clearly showcase her great voice and country music style. With her Liberty: Piano Songbook, which is an instrumental album, she changes pace completely and shows, that in addition to being a great singer/songwriter, she is also a fine pianist.

Songs on the LP include: You Ain’t Foolin Me, Til My Dyin Day, Forever Blue, Pablo, The Comeback Kid and Nothing’s Impossible.

 

Somewhere in Between (2018) by Adam Hood (Genre: Country, Americana): 

Somewhere in Between is Nashville singer-songwriter Adams Hood latest LP. And on the LP Hood shows off his relatable-slice-of-life songs and his laid back Americana style.

Songs on the album include: Easy Way, Locomotive, Alabama Moon, Downturn, Easy Way and Heart of a Queen.

 

Standards: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (2018) by Alexander Claffy (Genre: Jazz):

According to his hip website, Alexander Claffy is a New York City based bassist and bandleader.
Standards is his new album and it offers a collection of Jazz standards, obviously!  – the songs are indeed standards and thus great songs!

Songs in the set include: Blues on the Corner, You Must Believe in Spring, Michelle, Just One of Those Things & So in Love.

 

Videos of the Week:

What Did I Do To Be So Black And Blue by Louis Armstrong:

Poor Man’s Blues by Bessie Smith:

Oh, Freedom by Harry Belafonte:

The Bourgeois Blues by Leadbelly (aka Lead Belly):

Am I Asking Too Much? by Dinah Washington:

Saturday Night Fish Fry by Louis Jordan:

To Be Young Gifted And Black by Nina Simone:

 

Hard Times by John Legend & The Roots:

 

Blue Moon by Cocktail Inn:

 

Crazy On You by Heart with David Navarro:

 

I Wish It Would Rain by Maxine Brown:

 

The Comeback Kid by Linda Ortega:

 

Easy Way by Adam Hood:

 

Blues On The Corner by Alexander Claffy with Kurt Rosenwinkel & David Kikoski:

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

REFERENCES:

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

Alexander Claffy’s Official Website https://www.claffy.me/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Witburn

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.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Suggested Listening December 7, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical recommendations for the week.

Our lucky seven suggested listens include five streaming suggestions* and two recommended albums on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream, request or learn more about the album you’re interested in!)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road and The Beatles (2018) by Bob Baldwin (Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz):

Lady Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions by Tim Buckley (Genre: Folk):

The Very Best Of Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers by Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers (Genre: Pop):

No Zip Code (2018) by David Lee Murphy (Genre: Country):

Rev (2014) by Reverend Horton Heat (Genre: Rock):

Recommended CDs of the Week:

Classical Music For Reading (Genre: Classical, Easy Listening)

Rock This Town: Best of the Stray Cats by The Stray Cats (Genre: Rock, Rockabilly):

Videos of the Week:

And I Love Her by Bob Baldwin:

Silver Dagger by Joan Baez:

Complete Concert (From her 2018 Fare Thee Well Tour– Joan Baez (1 hour & 31 minutes):

Once I Was by Tim Buckley:

In The Mood by The Glenn Miller Orchestra:

Swing The Mood by Jive Bunny & The Mixmasters:

No Zip Code by David Lee Murphy:

Zombie Dumb by The Reverend Horton Heat:

Rock This Town by The Stray Cats:

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

Suggested Listening November 30, 2018

Hi everyone, and just a bit late, here are our lucky seven musical recommendations for the week.

Our lucky seven suggested listens include five streaming suggestions* and two recommended albums on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Henry Brown Blues (1961) by Henry Brown (Genre: Blues, Piano Blues):

This LP features a  rocking collection of blues tunes by the great Saint Louis pianist Henry Brown.

Songs on album include: Henry Brown Blues, Bottled In Bond, Blues For Charlie O’Brien, Henry Brown Boogie and Handyman Blues.

Starfish (1988) by The Church (Genre: Rock, Eighties Rock):

A classic 1980s LP by the introspective Australian pop group.

Songs on the LP include: Under the Milky Way, Blood Money, North South East And West, Reptile and A New Season.

Live from the Ryman (2018) by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Genre: Rock):

The new album by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit is a rocking live LP!

Song in the set include; Last Of My Kind, Flying Over Water, The Life You Chose, Cumberland Gap and Something More Than Free.

Sweet Freedom – Now What? (1994) by Joe McPhee (Genre: Jazz):

Saxophonist Joe McPhee recorded this album as a modern day tribute to Max Roach’s classic 1960 album Sweet Freedom. McPhee takes Roach’s songs and makes them his own, which makes for a great listening experience! He is joined on the LP by Paul Plimley on acoustic piano and Lisle Ellis on double bass.

Songs on the LP include: Mendacity, Driva’ Man, Self Portrait, Singing With A Sword In My Hand, Garvey’s Ghost & Approaching The Smoke.

Annie Up (2013) by Pistol Annies (Genre: Country, Pop):

The Pistol Annies are a country trio comprised of singer-songwriters Angaleena Presley, Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. The Annies wrote or co-wrote all the songs on Annie Up and blended their musical narratives together to create an intimate and relatable album.

Songs on the LP include: I Feel A Sin Comin’ On, Hush Hush, Unhappily Married, Loved By A Workin’ Man, Don’t Talk About Him, Tina and Girls Like Us.

Recommended CDs of the Week:

Jazz Profile: Grant Green (1997) by Grant Green (Genre: Jazz):

“Jazz Profile compiles highlights from Grant Green’s recordings for Blue Note, drawing a rough portrait of his career. The compilation features both soul-jazz and hard-bop cuts, giving a good sense of Green’s depth and range. While there isn’t anything here that will appeal to collector’s, Jazz Profile does offer a nice introduction for curious listeners.” (AllMusic)

Songs on the LP include: Baby’s Minor Lope, My Little Suede Shoes, Go Down Moses, Talking About J. C., Somewhere In The Night and My Favorite Things.

River: The Joni Letters (2007) by Herbie Hancock (Genre: Jazz):

This album features Hancock playing tribute to the terrific songwriter Join Mitchell; he covers 10 of her songs and is accompanied by some great guest artists.

Songs in the set include: Court and Spark (w. Norah Jones), The Jungle Line (w. Leonard Cohen), The River, Edith and Kingpen (w. Tina Turner), Tea Leaf Prophecy (w. Joni Mitchell), Both Sides Now and Amelia (w. Luciana Souza).

Videos of the Week:

Henry Brown Blues by Henry Brown

Under The Milky Way by The Church

Hope The High Road by Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

Best Years Of My Life by Pistol Annies

This Is The Blues by Otis Spann

Tea Leaf Prophecy by Herbie Hancock with Joni Mitchell


River by Herbie Hancock with Joni Mitchell

Somewhere In The Night by Grant Green

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

Suggested Listening November 9, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions* and two recommended albums on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 4/25/93 (2016) by Big Star (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock):

Singer-songwriter and Big Star founder Alex Chilton leads a reformed Big Star on this concert recording.

Chilton’s voice still features the same sweet and deep tone evident on his first hit – The Box Top’s The Letter. This album features a cool collection of straight ahead rock n’ roll songs that deliver – sort of like a Howard Johnson motel or your favorite winter sweater – you know just what to expect – great, solid rock music.

Songs on the LP include: With My Baby’s Beside Me, I Am The Cosmos, The Ballad of el Goodo, Way Out West and September Gurls.

Walls (2018) by Barbra Streisand (Genre: Vocal, Pop):

Walls, Streisand’s just released new album, features something you would expect, lush strings accompanying Streisand’s vocals. However, the songs are something you might not expect – they are songs that reflect the strange place America finds itself in 2018

Songs on the LP include: Walls, What The World Needs Now, Love’s Never Wrong, Take Care Of This House and Imagine/What A Wonderful World medley.

Moochin’ Abouts Stateside Hitlist 1962 by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Rock):

The Moochin’ Abouts Stateside Hitlist series of streamable/downloadable albums feature every song to hit the Billboard Top 30 from 1947 to 1962.

This collection features all the songs to hit the Billboard Top 30 in 1962; and as that list contains 292 songs and clocks in at twelve hours, 38 minutes and 18 second, I’m not going to mention even a quarter of those songs– we’d be here all day!

Suffice it to say if you like pop and rock music of the early sixties, then you’ll like this collection!

A handful of the songs in the set include: Return To Sender by Elvis, (I’m The Girl From) Wolverton Mountain by Jo Ann Campbell, Lie To Me by Brook Benton, Moon River by Henry Mancini, Town Without Pity by Gene Pitney, Gypsy Woman by The Impressions, Soldier Boy by the Shirelles and You Are Mine by Frankie Avalon.

Sings Lonely And Blue (1960) / Crying (1962) by Roy Orbison (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Early Sixties Rock):

This double album set features Roy Orbison’s first two studio albums: Sings Lonely And Blue and Crying.

Sings Lonely And Blue (1960): Fifty eight years after its original release the significance of this album has been as been partially forgotten. Granted, modern music fans know who Roy Orbison was and are familiar with some of his greatest songs, i.e., Oh, Pretty Woman, Only The Lonely, Running Scared etc. but the fact that he was a tremendous Rock N’ Roll vocalist with a three octave range, and that his music mixed his distinct voice with elements of country while still maintaining a rock n’ roll beat may be something younger music fans aren’t aware of – so they should check out this collection!

The first twelve songs in this collection are from Sings Lonely And Blue. The songs include: Only The Lonely, Bye Bye Love, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Come Back To Me and Twenty-Two Days.

Crying (1962): The second twelve songs in this digital double album set, starting with the title track Crying, are from Roy Orbison’s second album. The Crying album follows 1960’s Sings Lonely And Blue and a compilation LP of Orbison’s Rockabilly music recorded in 1955 and released in 1961 – titled At The Rock House.

Songs on the Crying LP include: Raindrops, I’m Hurtin’, The Great Pretender, Wedding Day, Summersong and Dance.

An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Version) by Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Genre: Jazz, Traditional New Orleans Jazz):

Preservation Hall Jazz Band is playing the next Civic Music concert on Saturday, November 17, 2018!

This album is from 2010 and features the New Orleans traditionalists in fine fettle playing their usual top-notch upbeat Jazz.

Songs in the 25 song collection include: Shake It And Break it, St. James Infirmary, Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea, Louisiana Fairytale, After You’ve Gone and Freight Train.

Recommended CDs of the Week:

So It Is! (2017) by Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Genre: Jazz):

So It Is! is the latest release by the band known far and wide for playing traditional New Orleans Jazz.

Here’s the AllMusic Review of the LP: Listening to So It Is, one is immediately picked up by the Latin rhythms of the songs, which carry the musicians and the listener joyfully forward through each track. The record is full of upbeat numbers which reflect not only a Latin and Caribbean flavor, but also the more driving elements of the blues and big band swing, so that the entire record passes quickly and leaves the listener’s day a great deal lighter and brighter. Kenneth Bridgham, AllMusic

Songs on the album include: So It Is, Santiago, Innocence, La Malanga, Convergence, One Hundred Fires & Mad.

E.G.O. by Lucie Silvas (Genre: Rock, Country, Pop, Singer-Songwriter):

E.G.O. is the new album by singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas who hails from Nashville and is known for writing songs for country artists including Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert.

Songs on the rocking album include: Kite, Girls From California, First Rate Heartbreak, Everything Looks Beautiful and Just For The Record.

Videos of the Week:

Walls by Barbara Streisand

Town Without Pity by Gene Pitney

Running Scared by Roy Orbison

Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison

Shake It And Break It by Preservation Hall Jazz Band

So It Is by Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Kite by Lucie Silvas

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

Suggested Reading November 5, 2018

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

(Note: Click on the photo of the item you’d like to request or check out)

Digital Suggestions Of The Week:

Been So Long, My Life and Music written and read by Jorma Kaukonen with Grace Slick and Jack Cassidy (Format: Downloadable Audiobook):

This audiobook is perfect for classic rock fans! Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen was an original member of The Jefferson Airplane and, has subsequently played music for decades with his childhood friend bassist Jack Cassidy in the band Hot Tuna. Cassidy too was a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane.

And here is an in-depth description of this neat audiobook:

From the man who made a name for himself as a founding member and lead guitarist of Jefferson Airplane comes a memoir that offers a rare glimpse into the heart and soul of a musical genius—and a vivid journey through the psychedelic era in America.

“Music is the reward for being alive,” writes Jorma Kaukonen in this candid and emotional account of his life and work. “It stirs memory in a singular way that is unmatched.” In a career that has already spanned a half century—one that has earned him induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors—Jorma is best known for his legendary bands Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. But before he won worldwide recognition he was just a young man with a passion and a dream.

Been So Long is the story of how Jorma found his place in the world of music and beyond. The grandson of Finnish and Russian-Jewish immigrants whose formative years were spent abroad with his American-born diplomat father, Jorma channeled his life experiences—from his coming-of-age in Pakistan and the Philippines to his early gigs with Jack Casady in D.C. to his jam sessions in San Francisco with Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and other contemporaries—into his art in unique and revelatory ways.

Been So Long charts not only Jorma’s association with the bands that made him famous but goes into never-before-told details about his addiction and recovery, his troubled first marriage and still-thriving second, and more. Interspersed with diary entries, personal correspondence, and song lyrics, this memoir is as unforgettable and inspiring as Jorma’s music itself.

The Devaney Brothers: Ryan and Sean: Ryan’s Place\Sean’s Reckoning (Format: eBook):

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods brings readers two classic tales of the Devaneys…brothers torn apart in childhood, reunited by love

Ryan’s Place
Abandoned by his parents and separated from his brothers, Ryan Devaney doesn’t believe in love. Until Maggie O’Brien storms into his Irish pub and her bright smile and tender touch have him reconsidering. The beautiful redhead warms his frozen spirit and awakens forgotten dreams—like the desire to search for his long-lost brothers. Will he dare to believe there’s a place for them in happily-ever-after?

Sean’s Reckoning
Son of a shattered family, fireman Sean Devaney knows love never lasts, so he refuses to chance it. Then he meets single mom Deanna Blackwell, who has just lost everything in a devastating fire. Despite the warning in Sean’s head, he’s drawn to protect the stunning woman and her son. Sean may be tough enough to storm burning buildings…but is he brave enough to risk building a family of his own?

Drums Of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Format: eBook):

The magnificent saga continues….

It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past–or the grave. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice. Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became legend–a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in frontier America. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century. Their daughter, Brianna….

Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the stone circle and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history…and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past…or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong….

The Finkler Question: A Novel by Howard Jacobson (Format: eBook):

He should have seen it coming. His life had been one mishap after another. So he should have been prepared for this one… Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular and disappointed BBC worker, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they’ve never quite lost touch with each other – or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick, a Czechoslovakian always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results.

Now, both Libor and Finkler are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor’s grand, central London apartment. It’s a sweetly painful evening of reminiscence in which all three remove themselves to a time before they had loved and lost; a time before they had fathered children, before the devastation of separations, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. Better, perhaps, to go through life without knowing happiness at all because that way you had less to mourn? Treslove finds he has tears enough for the unbearable sadness of both his friends’ losses.
And it’s that very evening, at exactly 11:30pm, as Treslove hesitates a moment outside the window of the oldest violin dealer in the country as he walks home, that he is attacked. After this, his whole sense of who and what he is will slowly and ineluctably change. The Finkler Question is a scorching story of exclusion and belonging, justice and love, ageing, wisdom and humanity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best.

Homemade Holiday, Craft Your Way Through More than 40 Festive Projects by Sophie Pester & Catharina Bruns (Format: eBook):

Bring the magic of a handmade Christmas into your home with 40 projects for gifts, decorations, and homemade wrapping paper.

Save time and money with the festive craft projects in Homemade Holiday. Clear, step-by-step instructions guide readers to create fresh flower garlands, bake edible gift tags, make homemade bath salts, and paint authentic tree ornaments. With last-minute ideas and lots of inspiration, this book will help you wrap up gift-giving and decorating for the holiday season.

Print Suggestions Of The Week:

A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry: 

In this intriguing, uplifting holiday mystery from bestselling author Anne Perry, an orphan boy investigates a woman’s kidnapping—and discovers there’s more at stake than a disappearance.

It wouldn’t quite be Christmas without a holiday mystery decorated with all the Victorian trimmings, as only New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry can render it. Now the tradition continues as mayhem is once again found under the mistletoe, and intrigue stalks the cobblestone streets and gaslit parlors of old London Town.

Formerly a river urchin living on the banks of the Thames, nine-year-old Worm has never experienced a family Christmas. But thanks to a job at Hester Monk’s clinic in Portpool Lane, he’s found a makeshift family in kindly volunteer Miss Claudine Burroughs and curmudgeonly old bookkeeper Squeaky Robinson. When Worm witnesses the abduction of a beautiful woman by a pair of ruffians just days before Christmas, he frantically turns to Squeaky for help. A one-time brothel owner, Squeaky knows the perils of interfering in nasty business, but he can’t bear to disappoint Worm—or leave the boy to attempt a rescue on his own. What neither of the would-be saviors expects, however, is that the damsel in distress already has her dilemma well in hand . . . and is taking steps to bring her captors to justice for crimes far worse than kidnapping. But the rogues, as cunning as they are deadly, are not to be underestimated. The aid of cynical old Squeaky and hopeful young Worm just might make the difference between a merry triumph over evil and a terrible yuletide tragedy.

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly:

LAPD Detective Renée Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in the new work of fiction from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but then checks into the case herself and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger.

Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice.

Heads You Win: A Novel by Jeffrey Archer:

Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin . . .

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander’s future. During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and thirty years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realize where his destiny lies, and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty:

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out…

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

The Rain Watcher: A Novel Tatiana de Rosnay:

The first new novel in four years from the beloved superstar author of Sarah’s Key, a heartbreaking and uplifting story of family secrets and devastating disaster, set against a Paris backdrop, fraught with revelations, and resolutions.
“Hypnotic, passionate, ominous and tender—unforgettable.” —Jenna Blum, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Those Who Save Us

Linden Malegarde has come home to Paris from the United States. It has been years since the whole family was all together. Now the Malegarde family is gathering for Paul, Linden’s father’s 70th birthday.

Each member of the Malegarde family is on edge, holding their breath, afraid one wrong move will shatter their delicate harmony. Paul, the quiet patriarch, an internationally-renowned arborist obsessed with his trees and little else, has always had an uneasy relationship with his son. Lauren, his American wife, is determined that the weekend celebration will be a success. Tilia, Linden’s blunt older sister, projects an air of false fulfillment. And Linden himself, the youngest, uncomfortable in his own skin, never quite at home no matter where he lives—an American in France and a Frenchman in the U.S.—still fears that, despite his hard-won success as a celebrated photographer, he will always be a disappointment to his parents.

Their hidden fears and secrets slowly unravel as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster, and the Seine bursts its banks and floods the city. All members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against tragic circumstances. In this profound and intense novel of love and redemption, de Rosnay demonstrates all of her writer’s skills both as an incredible storyteller but also as a soul seeker.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

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, Freegal or Zinio 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 October 19, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

May Your Kindness Remain (2018) by Courtney Marie Andrews (Genre: Singer-Songwriter/Folk, Country, Pop, Rock):

Phoenix native Courtney Marie Andrews is an indie singer-songwriter with a strong clear singing voice. She is known for writing and playing in a variety of styles, May Your Kindness Remain is her new album.

Songs on the LP include: May Your Kindness Remain, Life the Lonely from My Heart, Rough Around the Edges and Two Cold Nights in Buffalo.

With Me Little Ukulele in Me Hand (2018) by Diz Disley (Genre: Folk, Comedy, Jazz):

William “Diz” Disley was a Anglo-Canadian guitarist and ukulele player whose humorous ukulele songs have a sort of early twentieth century Dixieland sound and will bring a smile to your face.

Songs in this collection include: Little Ukulele, On the Wigan Boat Express, If You Want To Get Your Photo in the Press, Sitting On Top Of Blackpool Tower and When I’m Cleaning Windows.

Everything I Could Never Say (2018) by lovelytheband (Genre: Modern Pop, Rock with a touch of dance music mixed in):

lovelytheband is a Los Angeles based indie pop-rock band consisting of singer & songwriter Mitchy Collins, guitarist Jordan Greenwald and drummer Sam Price. Everything I Could Never Say is their new album.

Songs in the set include: broken, emotion, don’t worry, stupid mistakes, everything I could never say and pity party. (And just FYI for the grammar detectives out there – yes, the song titles on the album really are typed all in lower case letters…)

Forgotten But Not Gone (2009) by Various Artists:

Originally released in 2009, sales from this album originally went toward rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The album features a great collection of songs by mostly vintage musicians including Bonnie Bramlett, Buddy & Julie Miller, Steve Earle, Chris Knight, Moses Crow and Lee Roy Parnell.

Songs on the album include: Last Night I Dreamed of New Orleans by Bonnie Bramlett, Indianola by Steve Azar, Steve’s Hammer by Steve Earle, Brighter Day by Jon Justice, Mardi Gras by Bruce Buscoyo Belliott and Hard Times in the Big easy by Wood Newton.

Recommended CD of the Week:

Halloween Stomp (1990) by Various Artists (Genre: Swing, Jazz, Vocal, Humor):

This collection of “spooky” performances is dominated by songs dealing with ghosts and monsters, everything from “Mysterious Mose” and “Got the Jitters” to “Zombie,” “Skeleton in the Closet,” “The Ghost of Smokey Joe” and “With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm.” Most of the music is from the swing era with such bands as those led by Red Nichols, Don Redman, Glen Gray, Louis Prima, Ozzie Nelson, Cab Calloway, Tommy Dorsey and even Rudy Vallee alternating with much more obscure groups. The producers at Jass have also “enhanced” the music by inserting odd sound effects between songs. This CD certainly qualifies as the definitive (and also only) Halloween jazz album. – Scott Yanow, AllMusic Review.

Videos of the Week:

Two Cold Nights In Buffalo by Courtney Marie Andrews

Little Ukulele by Diz Disley

It Had To Be You by The Diz Disley Trio

Broken by lovelytheband

Steve’s Hammer (for Pete) by Steve Earle:

(This is a live performance and be aware, Steve’s intro is a bit salty! Also, if you wish to skip the intro – go to 4:43)

Skeletons in the Closet by Louis Armstrong: 

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

Suggested Listening October 12, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Jammin’ in Georgia by Harlem Stompers (Genre: Blues/Jazz):

The Harlem Stompers consisted of drummer and band leader William Henry “Chick” Webb, John Trueheart on guitar, Don Kirkpatrick on piano, Bobby Stark on trumpet, Johnny Hodges on saxophone and Ella Fitzgerald as a featured vocalist. The group formed in the late 1920s and played through the 1930s with an expanded line-up. Unfortunately, Webb died young in 1939 at the age of  only 30 but fortunately, the great music he produced lives on.

This collection features just four great songs and gives you a good idea of the style of music that was popular during the Harlem Renaissance years.

The LP contains the songs: Jammin’ in George, My Understanding Man, Serenade to a Jitterbug and The Monkey Swing.

The Psychedelic World Of The 13th Floor Elevators (Genre: Rock, Psychedelic, Garage Band):

The 13th Floor Elevators hailed from Kerrville, Texas; and at its creative peak in the mid-sixties, the band consisted of Stacy Sutherland, John Ike Walton, Benny Therman, Tommy Hall and vocalist Roger Erickson. Erickson became the lead singer and front man for the band.

The Psychedelic World of The 13 Floor Elevators was the band’s first albums and its 1966 release date shows it is clearly one of the first psychedelic rock LPs to be released.

And to this listener’s ears, the music sound a bit psychedelic and bit like a garage band; by any designation though, this album features fun rock n roll!

Songs on the LP include: Your Gonna Miss Me, Roller Coaster, Splash 1, Everybody Needs Somebody and the aptly titled Fire Engine.

Under The Covers, Vol. 1 by Susanna Hoffs & Matthew Sweet (Genre: Rock):

Hoffs and Sweet are both huge fans of sixties pop and rock, which is something you can hear in their solo projects, and of course, in Hoffs’s work with The Bangles.They join up for this album to record cover versions of some great sixties songs – and they succeed in offering an upbeat and fun album that shows their obvious love for the music.

Songs on the LP include: And Your Bird Can Sing, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, The Warmth of the Sun and Different Drum.

Wish I Was Here by Various Artists (Genre: Soundtrack, Indie, Pop, Rock):

This 2004 soundtrack features a collection of contemplative songs by a mix of artists old and new.

The coming of age theme of the movie sets the tone for the songs on the soundtrack which include: So Now What by The Shins, Wish I Was Here by Cold Play & Cat Power, Mend by The Weepies, The Obvious Child by Paul Simon and Raven’s Song by Aaron Embry.

Recommended CD of the Week:

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) & Magical Mystery Tour (1967) by The Beatles (Genre: Rock):

I’m recommending two albums on CD this week because I came across the neat video for Strawberry Fields Forever on YouTube while doing research for this posting, and, the song was the first one recorded for the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band but didn’t appear on an album until Magical Mystery Tour was released.

And the music of The Beatles is always worth another listen.

And incidentally, our library owns all the Beatles albums on CD – so check them out!

Songs on Sgt. Pepper include: With A Little Help From My Friends, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Getting Better, Fixing A Hole, Lovely Rita and Good Morning Good Morning.

Songs on Magical Mystery Tour include: Fool On The Hill, Magical Mystery Tour, Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, I Am The Walrus and All You need is love

Videos of the Week:

Jamin’ In George (1939) by Harlem Stompers

You’re Gonna Miss Me by 13th Floor Elevators

Different Drum by Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet

So Now What? By The Shins

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance By Aberjhani, Sandra L. West

https://books.google.com/books?id=XP48QWTmjyUC&pg=PA355&lpg=PA355&dq=Harlem+Stompers&source=bl&ots=XwrULHUTg0&sig=E9JmlkxB9sNALBbVeJxlcgl5NLQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiah76nge3dAhWRdN8KHX-2C38Q6AEwDXoECAAQAQ#v=onepage&q=Harlem%20Stompers&f=false

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!