Suggested Listening May 25, 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*

Beck, Bogert, Appice (1973) by Beck, Bogert, Appice (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock):

Guitarist Jeff Beck is joined on this LP by Vanilla Fudge alumni Tim Bogert on bass and Carmine Appice on drums. This album was released in 1973 and is an excellent example of early seventies rock that features loud power guitar style playing.

Songs on the LP Include: Black Cat Moan, Superstition, Sweet Sweet Surrender, Why Should I Care and Livin’ Alone.

Somewhere In The Middle (2009) by Jason Boland & The Stragglers (Genre: Country, Honky Tonk):

Jason Boland & the Stragglers, hail from Oklahoma, and play in what has been deemed the “Red Dirt” style. Red Dirt being defined as a combination of roots rock, classic country & Honky Tonk – to my ears the band simply sounds like great music!

Songs on the LP include: Hank, Somewhere in the Middle, Back to You, Stand up to the Man, Radio’s Misbehaving & Thunderbird Wine.

The Questions (2018) by Kurt Elling (Genre: Jazz, Vocal, Easy Listening):

Kurt Elling is a Chicago based jazz vocalist with a 4 octave range. He opens his brand new album with a neat rendition of Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall. Another great cover song on the album is his version of Paul Simon’s An American Tune. Other songs in the collection include: A Happy Thought, Washing Of The Water, Lonely Town and Endless Lawns.

Between The Notes – Music For Violin and Piano by Daniel Kurganov & Constantine Finehouse (Classical, Violin, Piano, Easy Listening):

The new album by two very talented musicians: violinist Daniel Kurganove and pianist Constatine Firehouse.

Songs on the album include: Violin Sonata No. 2, 5 Melodies, Baal Shem II. Nigun, Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51. No 6, Porgy and Bess (Arr. J Heifetz): Act II, It Ain’t Necessarily So and more.

The Essential Carl Smith by Carl Smith (Genre: Country, Classic Country):

In his 1950s heyday, the honey voiced Carl Smith scored 31 hits and was nicknamed “Mr. Country.”

Smith continued to perform and record in the sixties and seventies, retired in the late seventies and died in 2010 at age 82. Today, Smith is perhaps best known as the first husband of June Carter (Cash) and the father of the country singer Carlene Carter.

If you’re not familiar with his music – give it a listen! His music conjures up a simpler, less complicated era than our own – and there is nothing like classic country music.

This greatest hits collection includes the songs: I Just Dropped In To Say Goodbye, Let’s Live A Little, There’s Nothing As Sweet As My Baby, Mr. Moon, If Teardrops Were Pennies and Me And My Broken heart

Recommended CD of the Week:

Stranger Things: Music from the Netflix Original Series by Various Artists:

This album is a combination score and soundtrack.

The very atmospheric instrumentals on the LP were composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein and harken back to the science fiction films of the 1980s (think E.T.)

Instrumental songs on the album include: Stranger Things, Kids, This Isn’t You, Lay-z-Boy, A Kiss, Castle Byers and more.

Vintage songs on the album are from the period and include: Should I Stay or Should I Go by the Clash, Africa by Toto, Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper, Hazy Shade of Winter by The Bangles, Every Breath You Take by the Police and Whip It by Devo

Videos of the Week:

Superstition by Beck, Bogert & Appice

Hank by Jason Boland with Nick Worley

A Hard Rains-A-Gonna Fall by Kurt Elling

It Ain’t Necessarily So (arr. Heifetz) by Daniel Kurganov & Constantine Finehouse – a preview of their new LP Between The Notes

Hey Joe! By Carl Smith

Sunglasses at Night by Corey Hart

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? by the Clash

Stranger Things, Season 1 Trailer (You can check out season 1 on DVD at the library!)

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 March 2, 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)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Live At Louisiana Hayride by Johnny Horton (Genre: Country, Classic Country):


A classic collection of live recordings by Johnny Horton.

This ten songs set features the classic songs: Honky Tonk Man, John Henry, Battle Of New Orleans, When It’s Springtime In Alaska and Sal’s Got A Sugar Lip.

Stone Flower (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition) (1970) by Antonio Carlos Jobim (Genre: Jazz):


A classic Jazz album by the talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and arranger.

Songs include: Children’s Games, Brazil, Stone Flower, God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun and Sabia.

Score (2017) by 2Cellos:


Cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser hail from Croatia and landed a recording contract after more than 6 million people viewed their classical version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” on YouTube.

Score is their new album and it features songs that will be familiar to TV and movie fans including: Game of Thrones Medley, May It Be, Love Story, Moon River, Rain Man Theme, Cavatina and Titles from Chariots of Fire.

Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 by Leonard Cohen:


On August 31, 1970, 35-year-old Leonard Cohen was awakened at 2 a.m. from a nap in his trailer and brought onstage to perform with his band at the third annual Isle Of Wight music festival. The audience of 600,000 was in a fiery and frenzied mood, after turning the festival into a political arena, trampling the fences, setting fire to structures and equipment- and stoked by the most incendiary performance of Jimi Hendrix’s career. As Cohen followed Hendrix’s set, onlookers (and fellow festival headliners) Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and others stood sidestage in awe as the Canadian Folk singer/songwriter and poet/novelist quietly tamed the crowd. – From the liner notes

Songs on the album include: Bird On A Wire, So Long, Marianne, You Know Who I Am, Lady Midnight, Diamonds In the Mine, Famous Blue Raincoat and Suzanne.

CD of the Week:

Sinatra with Love (2014) by Frank Sinatra:

A romantic collection of songs from Sinatra. Songs on the LP include: Moonlight Becomes You, Just One of Those Things, It Could Happen To You, The Way You Look Tonight, The Look of Love and It Had To Be you.

Videos of the Week:

North To Alaska by Johnny Horton

Stone Flower by Antonio Carlos Jobim

Game of Thrones Medley by 2Cellos

Suzanne by Leonard Cohen

Love Is Here To Stay by Frank Sinatra

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.

Suggested Listening February 2, 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)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Valentine’s Day Music: A Fine Selection Of Romantic Classics by Various Artists (Genre: Vocal, Pop, Easy Listening):

Songs include: I’m Getting Sentimental Over You by Anita O’Day, I Remember You by Sarah Vaughan, I Spent My Last Dream on You by Teresa Graves, Sunday Kind of Love by The Harptones, Secret Love by Ruth Brown and I’m So in Love With You by Matt Covington.

On the South Side of Chicago by Vic Damone (1967) (Genre: Vocal, Easy Listening, Stage & Screen):


An up-tempo romantic collection of songs by Vic Damone. Songs on the LP include: It Makes No Difference, I’ll Sleep Tonight, You’ve Never Kissed Her, On the South Side of Chicago and Love Me Longer.

Private Nation by Train (2003) (Pop, Adult Contemporary, Alternative):

Train consists of Pat Monahan, Rob Otchkiss, Jimmy Stafford, Charlie Colin and Scott Underwood.

Private Nation is their critically acclaimed 2003 release.

Songs include: Calling All Angels, All American Girl, When I Look to the Sky, Lincoln Avenue, Following Rita and I’m About to Come Alive.

What Happens Next (2018) by Joe Satriani (Genre: Pop, Rock, Jazz):


This is the brand new album by virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani who first came to national prominence in the 1980s.

Songs on the LP include: Energy, Thunder High on the Mountain, Cherry Blossoms, Smooth Soul and Super Funky Badass.

Euphrates River (Bonus Track Version) (1974/2015) by The Main Ingredient (Genre: R&B, Pop):

The Main Ingredient seventies membership included: Cuba Gooding Sr., Luther Simmons Jr. and Tony Silvester.

This classic album by the equally classic R&B group, features the following songs: Euphrates, Summer Breeze, California My Way, Happiness Is Just Around the Bend and Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing

CD of the Week:

Dancing With Strangers by Chris Rea (Genre: Rock, Pop, Blues):


Chris Rea is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist who has a blues based style of singing and an equally blues base style of guitar playing. He’s not as well-known as he should be! This is a great LP – featuring the songs: Joys of Christmas, I Can’t Dance to That, Gonna Buy a Hat, Windy Town, Josie’s Tune and That Girl of Mine

Videos of the Week:

I Remember You by Sarah Vaughan

Calling All Angles by Train

About: Forever And Forever by Joe Satriani

On The Southside of Chicago by Vic Damone

Euphrates by The Main Ingredient

Joys of Christmas by Chris Rae

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.

Suggested Listening January 26, 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)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Heartbreak on a Full Moon (2017) by Chris Brown (Genre: R&B, Pop, Rap):


The new album by the Grammy winning R&B artist. Songs on the LP include: Privacy, Questions, Party, Pills & Automobiles, Summer Breeze, High End and Paradise.

Classical Country (1967) by The Billy Sherrill Quintet (Genre: Country, Classical):


“The audaciousness with which this record was recorded is mind-blowing. Back in the 1960s, when Buck Owens was king of the charts — 12 number one singles in a row — producer Billy Sherrill decided to try to work a little of his own magic with his tunes. How he convinced Epic that a record of classically oriented Owens tunes would sell more copies than to the participating musicians’ — who are not named anywhere on the cover — parents is a mystery. Here are ten Owens classics performed by a harpsichord and a string quartet — with an endorsement by Owens on the back cover! The set opens with a particularly reverent “Act Naturally” that is indicative of the arrangements by Frank Hunter, who thought he was charting incidental music for the theater. This music is so flowery and overly ornate it’s difficult to imagine these ever having been country songs — not to mention the intonation is so awful it’s shrill. But this is part of the album’s charm. This is far from the best/worst of it; “Tiger by the Tail” gets that distinction, as do “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” “Together Again,” and “My Heart Skips a Beat.” But they’re all schmaltzy and ridiculous and only Buck Owens could have been honored by this treatment of his songs. What an awesome record.” AllMusic Review.

The Lonely Things (1966) by Glenn Yarbrough (Genre: Folk, Pop, Easy Listening):


Vintage easy listening music featuring Glenn Yarbrough’s smooth vocals and lush strings. Songs on the album include: Night Song, So Long San Francisco, The Word Before Goodbye, Hello, People Change and The Summertime of Days.

Thanks, Hank! (1967) By Jeannie Seely (Genre: Country, Classic Country): 


Sultry classic country singer Jeannie Seely offers up a bouncy, classic sixties collection of songs including: A Wanderin’ Man, A Little Bitty Tear, Funny Way of Laughing, Everything I Had and Make the World

Guitars Extraordinary (1966) by The Fabulous Jokers (Genre: Instrumental, Classic Rock):


And this week I’m staying in the sixties! This Fabulous Jokers instrumental LP sound like a mixture between the music of the Ventures and the instrumental albums put out in the fifties and sixties by artists like Henry Mancini and Percy Faith. The rock instrumental instruments are there, guitar, bass drums and so are the soft background “ooos” and “ahhs.”

This is another great album to stream as back ground music for your weekend activities – especially reading!

Songs in the collection include; Umoresco, Diamond Strings, Perdido, Instant Coffee, Harry Lime Theme, Down by The Riverside, Greyhound Express and Caravan.

CD of the Week:

Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes (1958/2002) by Elizabeth Cotton:


“Recorded in 1957 and early 1958 by Mike Seeger, Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes collects the influential debut sides cut by a then-62-year-old Elizabeth Cotten; even decades after their first release, they remain a veritable primer in the art of finger-picked style guitar playing. The quaint, homespun quality of the material — much of it recorded at Cotten’s home with her grandchildren looking on in silence — adds immensely to its intimacy and warmth; the sound quality varies wildly from track to track, but the amazing instrumental work shines through regardless on tracks like the opening “Wilson Rag” and the now-standard “Freight Train.”” All Music

Songs include: Freight Train, Going Down the Road Feeling Bad, Honey Babe Your Papa Cares for You, Medley: Run…Run/Mama Your Son Done Gone and When I Get Home

Videos of the Week:

Privacy (Explicit Version) by Chris Brown

Act Naturally by The Billy Sherrill Quintet

The Lonely Things by Glenn Yarbrough

A Little Bitty Tear by Jeannie Seely

Caravan by The Fabulous Jokers

Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotton

Have a great weekend!
Linda, SSCL

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.

Suggested Listening January 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)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Private Eyes (1981) by Daryl Hall & John Oats (Genre: Pop): 

One of the duo’s classic albums, Private Eyes includes the songs: Private Eyes, Looking for a Good Sign, I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do), Did It in a Minute, Friday Let Me Down and Tell Me What You Want.

Ravel: Shéhérazade, M. 41 – Berlioz: La mort de Cléopâtre, H 36 (Remastered) by Leonard Bernstein (Genre: Classical):


Mezo-soprano Jennie Tourel with Lenoard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Epic Singles (1968/2017) by The Swampseeds (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock):


The Swampseeds were from New Jersey and originally consisted of Dennis Ferrante on vocals, Richard LePage on organ, Eddie Leonetti on bass, Tommy Brannick on drums and Jack Santoro on lead guitar.

The group recorded a number of singles that have that cool late sixties rock sound to them but the group broke up before they were able to record an album. This LP features all their singles and was released at the end of last year. Songs on the LP include: Can I Carry Your Ballon, Coney Island Parade, Love Is On The Way, Plastic Man and Can I Help You.

Gunhill Road by Gunhill Road (1973) (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Seventies Pop):


Gunhill Road was rock group, that according to the Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, included Glenn Leopold, Steven Goldrich and Gil Roman.

The band recorded one self-titled album – Gunhill Road, which the AllMusic review describes as a “collection of mellow introspective pop songs” with one novelty hit – the tune “Back When My Hair Was Short” which was released in June 1973.

Other songs on the album include: Sailing, 42nd Street, Mr. Keyboards, She Made a Man Out of Me, Callin’ Atlanta and We Can’t Ride This Roller Coaster Anymore.

This is a fun album check it out!

CD of the Week:

Sunken Condos (2012) by Donald Fagen (Genre: Pop, Rock, Jazz):


This 2012 Donald Fagen album may not officially be a Steely Dan LP but it nevertheless has that same cool jazz-pop feel to it.

Songs on the LP include: Slinky Thing, I’m Not the Same Without You, Weather in My Head, Out of the Ghetto and Miss Marlene.

This is a perfect album to stream on a wintery January weekend!

Videos of the Week:

Private Eyes by Hall & Oates

“Asie” from “Shéhérazade” – Jennie Tourel singing with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Can I Carry Your Balloon by The Swampseeds

Back When My Hair Was Short by Gunhill Road

I’m Not The Same Without You by Donald Fagen

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.

Suggested Listening January 12, 2018

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

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Greatest Hits by Jake Owen (Genre: Country) (2017):

Singer songwriter Jake Owen hails from Vero Beach, Florida and launched a music career after an injury cut short his golfing career.

Songs on his new LP include: Yee Haw, Don’t Think I Can’t Love You, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, The One That Got Away and Anywhere With You.

All Blues’d Up: Songs of Bob Dylan (2002) (Genre: Rock, Blues) :

Songs on this bluesy tribute LP include: It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry by Taj Mahal, Everything is Broken by R. L. Burnside, I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight by John Hammond Sr., Ballad of a Thin Man by James Solberg and Watching the River Flow by Leon Russell.

Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf (1977) (Rock, Classic Rock):

The classic album by Meat Loaf, AKA singer and songwriter Jim Steinman features the songs
Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, All Revved Up With No Place To Go and Paradise by the Dashboard Light.

Stand Up Guys (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Various Artists (2012) (Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz):

The soundtrack to a fun film featuring Al Pacnio, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as three senior criminals who reunite to recapture past glories. Songs include: Hard Times by Baby Huey & The Babysitters, Old Habits Die Hard by Bon Jovi, Bright Lights by Gary Clark Jr., Fooled Around And Fell In Love by Elvin Bishop. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby by Sam & Dave and Sock It To ‘Em JB (Pt. 1) by Rex Garvin and The Mighty Cravers

The Post (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2017) music composed and conducted by John Williams (Genre: Classical, Soundtracks):

The John Williams soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, that focuses on the decision of The Washington Post, as headed by Katharine Graham, to published the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

CD of the Week:

Now There Was A Song! by Johnny Cash:

This is a great album, featuring the late, great Johnny Cash singing cover versions of classic country songs. Songs on the LP include: Time Changes Everything, I Will Miss You When You Go, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You, Seasons of My Heart and Just One More.

Videos of the Week:

Hee Yaw by Jake Owen:

Gotta Serve Someone by Mavis Staples with Johnny Lang:

Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meat Loaf:

Old Habits Die Hard by Jon Bon Jovi:

The Papers by John Williams:

Time Changes Everything by Johnny Cash

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.

Suggested Listening January 8, 2018

 Hi everyone, for your listening pleasure, here are our six suggested albums for the week; five streaming albums and one album on CD.

(Click on the photo of the album you’d like to hear or request)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Joey. Monk. Live! by Joey Alexander (2017) (Genre: Jazz):


Joey Alexander is a 14 year old pianist from Indonesia. His new album features live performances recorded on his most recent tour. Songs on the LP include: Round Midnight, Ugly Beauty, Rhythm-a-Ning, Pannonica and Evidence.

Age Don’t Mean A Thing by Robert Finley (2016) (Genre: Blues, R&B):


Singer-songwriter Robert Finley hails from Bernice, Louisiana. And Age Don’t Mean A Thing is his latest album.

Songs on the LP include: Age Don’t Mean A Thing, I Just Want To Tell You, Let Me Be Your Everything, It’s Too Late and You Make Me Want to Dance.

In Trance by Scorpions (1975) (Rock, Heavy Metal):


Scorpions are a German band that originally formed in 1969 and they were one of the first generation Heavy Metal bands. The group has featured a number of members over the years with two constants — vocalist Klaus Meine and guitarist Rudolph Schenker who have appeared on every Scorpions album.

In Trance is a classic LP by the band and includes the songs: Dark Lady, In Trance, Life’s Like A River, Robot Man and Night Lights.

The Singles 1968-1976 by Lee Arnold (2017) (Genre: Country, Classic Country):


Lee Arnold was born, raised and began his broadcasting career in Scranton, PA. He is best known as one of the most popular disc jockey who ever worked at WHN New York and was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 2002. Additionally, he recorded five songs himself between 1968 and 1976 and all of them are included in this collection: Mama’s Boy, Mama Sang a Song, A Trucker’s Christmas, That Good Old Gospel Music and Another Day Without You.

The Americana Sessions by The Nelons (2017) (Genre: Folk):


The Nelons consist of Kelly Nelon Clark, her husband Jason Clark and her daughters Amber Nelon Thompson and Autumn Nelon Clark.

The Nelons generally sing gospel but with this LP they’ve turned their attentions to classic American folk music.

Songs on the LP include: Gentle on My Mind, You Needed Me, Daddy and Son, Bridge over Troubled Waters, Oh, Shenandoah, An American Trilogy and Mama Tried.

CD of The Week:

Bidin’ My Time by Chris Hillman (2017) (Genre: Folk, Folk-Rock, Country-Rock):


Chris Hillman, whose credits include co-founding Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Byrds, as well as the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and Desert Rose Band, is truly one of the architects of American music. His newest solo work, Bidin’ My Time, produced by Tom Petty and executive-produced by Herb Pedersen, captures a rarity: an icon who has never sounded better, making music with old friends for the sheer love of it. Collaborators and admirers from Hillman’s storied career appear throughout the record: Tom Petty; Hillman’s Byrds bandmates David Crosby and Roger McGuinn; the Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, and Steve Ferrone; Desert Rose Band’s John Jorgenson, Pedersen, and Jay Dee Maness; premier upright bassist Mark Fain; singer/guitarist Josh Jové; and fiddler Gabe Witcher. The album kicks off with a new recording of Pete Seeger’s and Welsh poet Idris Davies’ ‘The Bells of Rhymney,’ which the Byrds recorded for their debut. ‘Here She Comes Again’ was co-written by Hillman and McGuinn and, until now, had only been recorded on a live Byrds album in Australia. ‘She Don’t Care About Time’ was written by Byrds co-founder Gene Clark, and was the original B-side to ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ Covers of the Everly Brothers’ ‘Walk Right Back’ and Petty’s ‘Wildflowers’ round out this understated yet undeniable masterpiece. Folk, rock and roll, bluegrass and the unmistakable country-rock Hillman himself helped pioneer come together seamlessly on the triumph that is Bidin’ My Time. – From the record label.

Videos of the Week:

Evidence by Joey Alexander:

Age Don’t Mean A Thing by Robert Finley:

Gentle On My Mind by the Nelons:

In Trance by Scorpions:

Mama’s Boy by Lee Arnold:

Here She Comes Again by Chris Hillman:

And one here is a cool video that has nothing to do with any of the recommended LPs for this week!

Paperback Writer by The Beatles:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

The AllMusic Website:

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!

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A Selection of Holiday Music To Stream Through Freegal!

Hi everyone, the free Freegal Music Service* offers oodles of holiday albums from vintage to classical and jazz to vocal, pop, rock and more!

Here are a few titles you might enjoy during the holiday season including a couple that have nothing to do with any holiday at all – they simply have a connection to the winter season!

And if you’re in a browsing mood, check out the Freegal Music Catalog and search for some of your favorite artists – you’ll discover, while searching for songs and artists a cornucopia of cool music of all genres!

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You can also download the Freegal Music app from the Apple or Android app stores and then listen to the music through the app.

And without further ado here is a sampling of the holiday music available through Freegal:

16 Most Requested Songs – Christmas Encore! by Various Artists (Genre: Traditional Pop Orchestral/Vocal):

Songs include: O Tannenbaum! by The Norman Luboff Choir, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep by Rosemary Clooney, Toyland by Doris Day, Jingle Bells by Patti Page, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Ray Conniff & The Ray Conniff Singers & It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Johnny Mathis.

21 Christmas Classics by Various Artists (Genre: Traditional Pop Orchestra/Vocal):

Songs Include: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams, Winter Wonderland by Aretha Franklin, A Marshmallow World by Dean Martin, Must Be Santa by Bob Dylan, The First Noel by Earth, Wind & Fire and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Hank Snow.

30 Instrumental Christmas Songs by The O’Neill Brothers Group (Genre: Instrumental w. stringed instruments): 

Songs Include: Silent Night, Silver Bells, Adeste Fideles, The Gift of Love, Jolly Old St. Nicholas and Pachelbel’s Little Star.

Acoustic Christmas by Various Artists (Genre: Classic Rock, Folk, Country): 

Songs Include: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by T Bone Burnett, Let It Be Me/The Christmas Song by Laura Nyro, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Rosanne Cash, Silent Night by the Hooters & O Come All Ye Faithful by Art Garfunkel.

Beautiful Day by Kurt Elling (Genre: Jazz): 

Songs Include: Sing a Christmas Carol, Star of Wonder, We Three Kings, Little Drummer Boy and Same Old Lang Syne.

A Blue, Blues Christmas – A Timeless Collection of Blues Songs for Christmas with Fats Waller, Leadbelly, John Lee Hooker, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Lightnin Hopkins, And More! (Genre: Blues, R&B, Pop): 

Songs Include: Silent Night, Holy Night by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Merry Christmas by Lightning Hopkins, Christmas Time Blues by Jimmy Dawkins, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve by The Orioles and Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells by Fats Waller.

Carols from Royal Holloway by the Choir of Royal Holloway (Genre: Classical/Choral):

Songs Include: A Tender Shoot, Gabriel’s Message, Sussex Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Away in a Manger and O Little One Sweet.

Celtic Solstice by Paul Winter & Friends (Genre: New Age, Jazz):

This new age album offers up songs that complement the Winter Solstice coming up on Thursday, December 21.

Songs include: Golden Apples of the Sun, Hollow Hills, O’Farrell’s Welcome to Limerick, The Minstrel’s Adieu and Farewell to Govan.

Children’s Christmas Songbook St. Josephs Youth Choir (Genre: Classical/Choral/Children’s Music):


Songs Include: We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Colors of Christmas, Deck the Halls, The First Noel & Jingle Bells.

Nuestra Navidad by Various Artists: 

Songs Include: El Burrito De Belen by Julio Preciado, Ven A Mi Casa Esta Navidad by Banda Superbandido, Noche De Paz by Trio Los Panchoes, Regalo De Reyes by Javier Solls and Lioraras En Navidad by Pablo Montero.

Christmas by Harry Belafonte (Genre: Vocal, Pop, International, Folk):

Songs Include: A Star In The East, The Son Of Mary, Medley: The Joys Of Christmas/O Little Town of Bethlehem/Deck The Halls/The First Noel, Christmas Is Coming and The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Christmas Album by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (Genre: Easy Listening, Jazz, Pop):

This is the classic 1968 Christmas album by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass not to be confused with his new 2017 Christmas album!

Songs on the LP include: Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, My Favorite Things, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Las Mananitas, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow and Jingle Bell Rock.

Christmas Caravan by Sultans of String (Genre: International, Acoustic):

Songs Include: Turkish Greensleeves, Sing for Kwanzaa, Jesous Ahatonhia, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, The Little Drummer Boy, A Django Christmas and Niel Gow’s Lament.

Christmas LIVE! by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Genre: Vocal, Pop): 


Songs Include: Every Light That Shines at Christmas, White Christmas, If It Doesn’t Snow on Christmas, Heat Miser and Thank God For Kids

Christmas Rap (Genre: Rap):

Songs Include: Christmas in Hollis by RUN-DMC, Ghetto Santa by Spyder-D, Christmas In The City by Sun King and That’s What I Want For Christmas by The Showboys

Christmas Together by The Piano Guys (2017) (Genre: Easy Listening, Classical):

Songs Include: Angels from the Realms of Glory, O Holy Night/Ave Maria, Ode to Joy to the World, What Child is This and I Saw Three Ships.

Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2017) (Genre: Pop, Rock, Classical):

Songs Include: Santa Claus Is Back In Town, White Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus, Blue Christmas, Winter Wonderland and Merry Christmas Baby.

Christmas With Ray Conniff (Genre: Easy Listening):

Songs Include: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Bride, Sleigh Ride, Greensleeves, Silver Bells and Frosty the Snowman.

Classic Christmas by Johnny Cash (Genre: Country):

Songs Include: Joy to the World, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful and Little Gray Donkey.

Decade the Halls, Vol. 1 Tenth Avenue North (2017) (Genre: Pop, Vocal):

Songs Include: Good King Wenceslas, Deck the Halls, We Three Kings, Go Tell it on the Mountain, Mistletoe and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

December by Chris Botti (Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening):

Songs include: Winter Wonderland, Ave Maria, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, I Really Don’t Want Much For Christmas and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.

Dr. Elmo’s Twisted Christmas by Dr. Elmo (Genre: Comedy):

For fans of Christmas humor…

Songs Include: Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer, Christmas Won’t Be, Santa Ain’t Comin’, Christmas Millionaire and Junk Bond Christmas Blues.

Elvis’ Christmas Album by Elvis Presley (1957) (Genre: Rock, Pop):


Songs Include: Santa Claus Is Back In Town, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Silent Night, Blue Christmas and Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me).

The Essential Hank Snow (Genre: Country, Traditional Country):

This album has nothing whatsoever to do with winter or holidays of any sort! Except of course, for the fact that the late & great country singer and guitarist had a name that is perfect for winter– Snow!

Songs on this cool collection, which offers tunes from all phases of Hank Snow’s career, include: My San Antonio Mama, Brand on My Heart, The Rhumba Boogie, Confused with the Blues and A Fool Such As I.

Evening Guitar Chill Out by Various Artists (Genre: Acoustic, Instrumental, Easy Listening):

Acoustic Sunset by Eric Walters, Humble Love by Dvir Silverstone, Green Hills by Gary Wolk and Someday by Michelle Qureshi.

A Festival Of Carols by Robert Shaw (Genre: Classical, Orchestral, Vocal):

Songs Include: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, Shepherd’s Carol, I Wonder As I Wonder, My Dancing Day and Carol of the Bells.

From The Sony Vault: Christmas With The Big Bands by Various Artists (Genre: Swing, Jazz, Pop):

The songs on this album were recorded between 1932 and 1965 and If you like Swing than this collection is for you!

Songs include: Sleigh Ride by Tex Beneke, Ray Eberle & The Modernaires with Paula Kelly, Little Jack Frost Get Lost: (78rpm version) by Frankie Carle with Marjorie Hughes, Snow Fall: (78rpm version) by Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra, There’s Frost On The Moon by Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Winter Weather by Richard Himber and His Orchestra and I Want You for Christmas by Russ Morgan and His Orchestra.

Gonna Have a Really Soulful Christmas: 40 R&B and Soul Gems (An Alternative Yuletide Celebration!) (Genre: Soul, R&B, Blues, Pop):

Songs Include: Crazy Santa Claus by The Debonaires, We Wanna See Santa Do the Mambo by John Greer, Wish You a Merry Christmas by Kim Weston, Santa Claus Boogie by The Voices and I Hear Jingle Bells by Freddie King.

Hanukkah by Jon Simon (Genre: Piano, Jazz):

Songs Include: Eight Candles, Rock of Ages (Italian), O Hanukkah, O Hanukkah, Candle Blessings, Rock of Ages (Traditional) and A Candle for Me.

Hanukkah Songs for Preschool & Kindergarten by The Kiboomers  (Genre: Kids Music)

Songs Include: Nine Little Candles, When the Maccabees Come Marching In, I Like to eat Latkes Song, Dreidel Hokey Pokey and Hanukkah Oh Hannukah.

Hanukkah Swings by Kenny Ellis (Genre: Jazz, International):

Songs Include: Swingin’ Dreidel, Hanukkah Candles, Ocho Kandelikas, Children of the Macabbees and ‘Twas the Night Before Hanukkah.

Here We Come A-Caroling by Ray Conniff (Genre: Easy Listening):

Songs Include: Here We Come A-Caroling, God Red Ye Merry, Gentleman, Joy To The World, Adoramus Te, O Tannenbaum and It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.

Hotel Café Winter Songs by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Vocal):

Songs include: Winter Song by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson, The Heartache Can Wait by Brandi Carlile, Blue Christmas by Nicole Atkins, Maybe Next Year (X-Mas Song) and Auld Lang Syne by The Hotel Cafe Medley Band

Instrumental Christmas Music – Relaxing Christmas Music (Genre: Piano, Easy Listening):

Songs Include: Silver Bells, Little Drummer Boy, Most Memorable Christmas, Coming Home, Do You Hear What I Hear and Christmas Chimes.

Instrumental Christmas by the Northquest Players (Genre: Easy Listening, Instrumental, Brass, Jazz):

Songs Include: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Joy To The World, Away in a Manager, The Christmas Song, Winter Wonderland and I Saw Three Ships.

An Irish Christmas by Jeff Taylor, Jim Prendergast and Bill Verdier (Genre: Irish, Acoustic):

Songs Include: Christmas Eve, Silent Night, Wassail Song, Freeze Britches (Connaughtman’s Rambles), I Saw Three Ships and Rose in the Heather.

Irish Christmas by Alisa Jones, Mark Howard, John Mock and Stuart Duncan (Genre: Irish, Acoustic):

Songs Include: The Endris Nyght, Once In Royal’s David’s City, The Friendly Beasts, As Lately We Watched and Carol Of The Bagpippers.

It’s Christmas Again by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Vocal, Easy Listening):

Some of the songs in this 48 song collection Include: I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm by Frank Sinatra, Winter Wonderland by Ella Fitzgerald, Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt, Jingle Bells by the Randy Van Horne Singers, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Nat King Cole, Zat You? Santa Claus by Louis Armstrong, The Secret of Christmas by Bing Crosby, The Christmas Waltz by Peggy Lee, Silver Bells by Johnny Mathis, Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms and We Wish You the Merriest by Les Brown

James Galway’s Christmas Carol by James Galway (Genre: Easy Listening, Classical, New Age):

Songs include: Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, Fantasia On “I Saw Three Ships,” Greensleeves, Zither Carol, Past Three O’clock and Christmas Oratorio.

Kwanzaa (Genre: R&B, Soul, Folk, International):

Songs Include: Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba, Tell It, Sing It, Shout It by Mahalia Jackson, Swahili Song by Teddy Greaves, Kwela Kong by Mackay Davashe & Skokiaan by Louis Armstrong.

Last Christmas – Wham! (Genre: Pop): 

Songs on the EP are: Last Christmas, Last Christmas (Pudding Mix) and Everything She Wants.

Merry Christmas with Odetta (Genre: Blues, Folk):

Songs Include: Ain’t That A-Rocking, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Beautiful Star, Shout For Joy and Children, Go Where I Send Thee.

Native Seasons by Jessita Reyes (Genre: Folk, Easy Listening, New Age):

This album, by Native American flutist Jessita Reyes, features songs for all season including: Fall Approaches, Winter Night, Echoes in the Fall, Mid-Winter’s Dawn and Clear Winter Sky.

On a Cold Winter’s Day – Early Christmas Music and Carols from the British Isles by Quadriga Consort (Genre: Classical):

Songs include: A Wassail, a Wassail, ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, The Moons Shines Bright, The Holy and the Ivy, To Shorten Winter’s Sadness and On a Cold Winter’s Day.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Genre: Pop, Rock, Classical):

Songs Include: Santa’s Gonna Rock and Roll, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, First Letter/Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Toyland Ball, Welcome Christmas and The Man With The Bag.

Six String Christmas John Harbison (Genre: Acoustic, Guitar):

Songs Include: We Three Kings, Frosty The Snowman, White Christmas, Christmas Past, Father Christmas and Auld Lang Syne.

Surf ‘N’ Swing Fret ‘N’ String Christmas by Nokie Edwards & The Light Crust Doughboys with Tom Brumley, The Dallas Banjo Band, Smokey … (Genre: Classic Rock, Guitar):

Songs Include: Christmas Carol Rock, Swan Lake Christmas, Deck The Halls, The Toy Yodeler, The Bell’s Of St. Mary’s and New Year’s Rendezvous

Twisted Christmas: Live by Twisted Sister (Genre: Rock, Heavy Metal):

Songs Include: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Fire Still Burns, You Can’t Stop Rock & Roll, White Christmas and Heavy Metal Christmas.

Very Sixties Christmas (Genre: Pop, Rock):

Songs Include: Happy Xmas (War Is Over), Winter Wonderland, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, The Christmas Song and Let It Snow by the Groovy Christmas Players, Sugar Sugar by The Archies, Thank You by Sly Stone and Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison.

Vintage Christmas by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, R&B, Vocal):

This album features 47 classic Christmas songs recorded between 1915 and 1949.

Songs Include: Christmas Bells at Eventide by Gracie Fields, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Rosemary Clooney, Auld Lang Syne by Billy Vaughn, Savoy Christmas Medley by New Mayfair Orchestra, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by The Platters, I’ll Walk Alone (Through Every Christmas) by Dinah Shore and Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong.

White Christmas by John Schneider (Genre: Country, Pop):

A classic country album by singer and actor John Schneider!

Songs on the LP include: Winter Wonderland, Silver Bells, The Christmas Song, Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer, Katey’s Christmas Card and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection by Various Artists (Genre: New Age, Acoustic, Guitar):

Songs include: Songs include: Winter Wonderland by Tuck Andress, The Holly And The Ivy by Alex de Grassi, The Christmas Song by Steve Erquiaga, Christmas Time Is Here by Sean Harkness and Carol of the Bells by Steve Morse.

Winter by Barbara Dickson (Genre: Vocal, International, Folk):

Songs include: Winter’s Come, In the Bleak Midwinter, The Silence of the Dawn, The January Man and Winter’s Song.

Winter Evening by Winter Evening Jazz (Genre: Easy Listening, Jazz):

Songs on the album include: Chill Baby, Cha Cha Charlie, Waltz for Joshua, Cloudburst, Chocolate and Round Midnight.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

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