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



Alexander Claffy’s Official Website

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Witburn

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Suggested Listens October 2017 Week 2

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*

Halloween Novelty Songs (Genre: Holiday/Pop Music) by Various Artists

Despite our continual warm weather, it is getting to be that time of year! We’re inching closer to Halloween and this album is a prefect compliment to the season!

The album offers a neat collection of songs featuring a combination of smooth classic pop singers singing Halloween related songs and just plain humorous Halloween songs.

Artists/Songs include: I Wish I Were a Witch by Ann Williams, Monster Rally by Alice Pearce, Strollin’ After Dark by The Shades, The Wobblin’ Goblin by Rosemary Clooney, The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor by the Big Bopper, Movie Monster Ball by Spike Jones and The Frankenstein Twist by The Crystals.

Timeless by Home Free:

Home Free, whom I’ll admit I had never heard of before typing up this week’s posting, is a country A Cappella group. And despite the rather somber looking cover for this album, boy the band members look serious! – this, their new LP, features 14 up-tempo songs including Life is a Highway, When You Walk In, Timeless, Mayday and My Church.

I Believe in You by Dolly Parton (Genre: Children’s Music/Country):

Country legend Dolly Parton offers a brand new album of children’s songs. The bright and empowering songs in this set include: I Believe in You, Together Forever, I Am a Rainbow, A Friend Like You and You Can Do It.

Fascinating Rhythm – The Broadway Gershwin 1919-1933 (Genre: Classical/Pop/Jazz):

This album is a neat collection of music history from the early Twentieth Century. The set includes 20 George Gershwin songs that were featured in Broadway shows from 1919 to 1933. Songs in the collection include I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise by Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra, Nashville Nightingale by Fred Warring’s Pennsylvanians, My One & Only Johnny Johnson & His Statler Pennsylvanians, Sam & Delilah by Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra and My Cousin in Milwaukee by Ramona and her Grand Piano.

100% Loungin’ (Genre: Pop/Jazz/Easy Listening):

This 21 song collection features great smooth pop songs that are the perfect compliment to any relaxation activities.

Songs include: The Good Life by Tony Bennett, Fever by Peggy Lee, I Say a Little Prayer by Booker T & the MGs, ‘S Wonderful by Ray Conniff, C’est si bon by Eartha Kitt, Mad About the Boy by Dinah Washington, Blue Velvet by Bobby Vinton and a really interesting version of the song Sunny sung by the actor Robert Mitchum.

Compact Disc Recommendation of the Week:

Flowers by The Rolling Stones:

This 1967 album by the Rolling Stones shows the sixties era Stones at their best!

Songs include: Ruby Tuesday, Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows, Lady Jane, Out of Time, Please Go Home, Mother’s Little Helper, Sittin’ on a Fence and the infamous tune of Ed Sullivan Show fame Let’s Spend the Night Together.

Music Videos of the Week:

Strollin’  After Dark by The Shades

Life Is A Highway by Home Free

I Believe In You by Dolly Parton

Nashville Nightingale by Fred Warring & His Pennsylvanians 

C’est si bon by Eartha Kitt

Lady Jane by The Rolling Stones


Artist Biography & Discography Information

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

Have a great weekend!
Linda, SSCL

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 including our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York. Library cards are free and at our library you can obtain one by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features both your name and your current address.