Suggested Listening August 3, 2018

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

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

A Mighty Wind (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2003) by Various Artists (Genre: Folk, Comedy, Soundtrack):

The film A Might Wind was created Christopher Guest, the man behind the comedic films movies Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show. And this movie, like those, and This Is Spinal Tap that came before them – is a comedy – in this case sending up the early sixties folk music scene by having a group of fictionalized 60s folk performers coming together years later to put on a show. The film has a nice soft nostalgic glow to it so if you like 60s folk music – you should enjoy this soundtrack – the songs were written for the film and performed by the actors in the movie.

The songs too are comedic but fun! And include: Old Joe’s Place by Folksmen, When You’re Next To Me by Mitch & Mickey, Never Did No Wanderin’ by Folksmen and Loco Man and The Good Book Song by New Main Street Singers.

Less Wise (2017) by Cody Jinks (Genre: Country):

Cody Jinks has had an interesting career to date. He started out playing trash metal before switching to country music. If you’re not familiar with his music he has a deep rich classic country type of voice and plays a mixture of updated classic southern and outlaw rock.

Less Wise is one of his best albums and includes the songs: Wake Up Becki!, Hippies & Cowboys, 65 Days in L.A., Somewhere in the Middle and Last Call for the Blues.

Worth It All (2018) by Jeffery Osborne (Genre: R&B):

Let a Brotha Know, Greatest Knight, Stay the Way You Are, Summer Nights, Saving My Love and Can’t Help Myself

Saturday Night with Mr. C (1958) by Perry Como (Genre: Easy Listening, Vocal):

A classic album by the golden pop age crooner Perry Como. This is a perfect easy listening album for the weekend!

Songs on the LP include: Dream Along With Me, It Could Happen To You, Letters Theme, Gypsy In My Soul and Come Rain or Come Shine.

Recommended CD of the Week:

The Very Best of Peppermint Harris

Peppermint Harris was a true original with a brilliant way with words which made him a superlative songwriter having man of his compositions recorded by top blues artists such as B.B. King and Bobby Bland. This is a must for blues fans and across the 56 tracks, there are many superb tracks as well as his two hits “Raining In My Heart” which reached #4 in the 1950 R&B chart and more importantly the classic drinking song “I Got Loaded” which hit the #1 spot for two weeks in 1951. Although this excellent 2CD set is by no means the complete it does present the most comprehensive exploration of his work between 1948 and 1959 yet released in the CD era. Fully detailed liner notes.

Songs on the LP include: Peppermint Boogie, Mable, Mable, Hey Sweet Thing, Have Another Drink And Talk To Me, I Cry For My baby and Need Your Lovin’

Videos of the Week:

A Mighty Wind is Blowin’ – New Main Street Singers, The Folksmen and Mitch & Mickey

Somewhere In The Middle by Cody Jinks

Worth It All By Jeffery Osborne

Accentuate The Positive by Perry Como

I Got Loaded by Peppermint Harris

Don’t Let Me Down by The Beatles

I Feel Fine 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.)

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!

Non-Fiction DVD Recommendations 11 17 17

Happy Friday everyone, here are our three recommended non-fiction DVDs for this week!
(Click on the photos to request the DVDs)

1. The Concert for New York City:


On October 20, 2001, this now-historic concert took place at Madison Square Garden, a mere six weeks after the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Thousands of firefighters, police officers, survivors, families, and fans witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event as, in the space of nearly six hours, many legendary musical performers donated their time and their talent to one of the greatest causes ever, in the process giving their audience an unforgettable burst of pure emotion.

Organized by Sir Paul McCartney, the Concert for New York City was an overwhelming experience that deserves to be saved for posterity. The two-CD audio recording is crammed with dozens of superb performances but doesn’t give a sense of the whole show that this two-DVD set certainly does. Not only can we relive such seminal performers from that evening as the Who, David Bowie, John Mellencamp, and Sir Paul himself, we can see the charming and personal short films made for the occasion by such New York filmmakers as Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, or the dozens of celebrities and unsung firefighters and police officers who immortalized that day with their stories and musical introductions.

There is one quibble: the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris,” one of the blues standards Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy played, and McCartney’s “From a Lover to a Friend” and “Lonely Road” are all missing, which seems curious, considering that the entire show could have easily fit onto two DVDs. So don’t erase that videotape you made of the concert the night it aired, because that remains the definitive version. But this DVD (with very good Dolby 5.1 surround sound) comes close. –Kevin Filipski, Amazon review

Dewey Decimal Number: DVD 780.787 CON

Trailer (or in this case, after a few seconds, a bit of concert footage from the show featuring The Who)

2. The Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged):


Life is short. The complete works of Shakespeare are long. To the rescue: THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, the three-man comedy troupe known for fast, funny, physical condensations of real serious stuff. They wrap up the Bard’s outsized oeuvre in 90 roller-coaster, rib-tickling minutes. After warming up with a nothing-is-sacred send-up of Romeo and Juliet, they’re off, dispensing with the comedies in one fell swoop (because the tragedies are funnier). You decide after you see Othello as a rap song, Titus Andronicus as a cooking program, and the show’s unforgettable finale – Hamlet – told with the help of audience members and lascivious sock puppets. Contains material not seen on the PBS broadcast. “Intellectual vaudeville” – The New York Times. “Inspired American spoof merchants…slings and arrows of outrageous comedy” – Daily Telegraph. “This trio of modern Marx brothers will leave you in stitches” – Boston Herald. WARNING: High-speed hilarity. Not for people with weak hearts or English degrees! Starring Adam Long, Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor.

Dewey Decimal Number: DVD 792.2 RED

Trailer: (or in this case a clip from the comedies section of the program)

3. Rebels & Redcoats: How Britain Lost America:


In the summer of 1776, British forces land in New York. They outmaneuver Washington in Brookline and force him out of the city. During a tough winter, he is forced to retreat and his army begins to disintegrate. Then on Christmas night, Washington leads a daring raid across the frozen Delaware River, giving him victory at Trenton and saving the revolution. Yet the British still appear superior in this war, capturing the great Fort Ticonderoga. In reality the Redcoats are overstretched on this vast continent, and in 1777 they surrender at Saratoga. The American rebels find a new ally in France, which joins them in their struggle against King George III.

Dewey Decimal Number: 973.3 REB

Trailer (or to be more exact a fuzzy copy of the entire program as I couldn’t find a trailer for this program):

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Daily Print & Digital Suggested Reads: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended titles in print or media and digital formats.

Our digital suggestion for today is the e-book:

upstream

Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver:

One of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Ten Best Books of the Year!

The New York Times bestselling collection of essays from beloved poet, Mary Oliver.

“In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.”

So begins Upstream, a collection of essays in which revered poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature. Emphasizing the significance of her childhood “friend” Walt Whitman, through whose work she first understood that a poem is a temple, “a place to enter, and in which to feel,” and who encouraged her to vanish into the world of her writing, Oliver meditates on the forces that allowed her to create a life for herself out of work and love. As she writes, “I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple.”

Upstream follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully, intelligently, and to observe with passion. Throughout this collection, Oliver positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us.
NPR’s Maureen Corrigan gave the book a sparking review – here’s a link to the review:

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/18/498386296/mary-oliver-issues-a-full-throated-spiritual-autobiography-in-upstream

And here’s a link to the checkout page in the Digital Catalog:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2624872

And the physical item for today is a DVD:

florence-foster-jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016):

Set in 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her husband and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.

Here’s a link to the request page in StarCat:

https://goo.gl/7lGfFb

Or by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat: The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc. http://starcat.stls.org/

The Digital Catalog: The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos: https://stls.overdrive.com/

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: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: 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: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

About Library Mobile 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.

Daily Print & Digital Suggested Reads: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hi everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended read in print

and digital formats:

Our Digital Catalog suggested title for today is the e-book:

Presto

Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

by Penn Jillette:

An unconventional weight loss tale from an unconventional personality—Penn Jillette tells how he lost 100 pounds with his trademark outrageous sense of humor and biting social commentary that makes this success story anything but ordinary.
Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his sixtieth birthday. Topping 330 pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading over 200, he knew he was at a dangerous crossroads: if he wanted to see his small children grow up, he needed to change. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Penn Jillette’s life with his wild “potato diet.”

In Presto, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician’s body and mind. He describes the process in hilarious detail, as he performs his Las Vegas show, takes meetings with Hollywood executives, hangs out with his celebrity friends and fellow eccentric performers, all while remaining a dedicated husband and father. Throughout, he weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account. Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, Presto is an incisive, rollicking read.

Here’s a link to the description page in the Digital Catalog:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2607553

And our Print Book Suggested Read for today is:

Repo

Repo Madness: A Novel by W. Bruce Cameron:

Ruddy McCann is back in Repo Madness–the laugh-out-loud, thrilling adventure from bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron!

Ruddy McCann, former college football star, now Kalkaska, Michigan repo man, is finally getting his life back on track. He has a beautiful fiancé, Katie Lottner, a somewhat stable job stealing cars, and a lazy, lovable basset hound.

With his job suddenly in jeopardy, his fiancé wanting a break, and a new court-ordered psychiatrist insisting he take his medication or violate the terms of his probation, Ruddy finds himself missing the one thing he thought he would be happy to be rid of–the voice of Alan Lottner, dead realtor and Ruddy’s future father-in-law.

When a woman tells Ruddy that the tragedy that defines his life may, in fact, be a lie, Ruddy starts to investigate the disappearances of women in the area and soon discovers that his own redemption may be within reach. Alan’s voice returns, and Ruddy and Alan work together to bring down a corrupt banker, win back Katie’s love, and stop a serial killer before he can strike again

You can request the book by clicking on the following link to StarCat:

http://goo.gl/9463z3

Or by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat: The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc. http://starcat.stls.org/

The Digital Catalog: The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos: https://stls.overdrive.com/

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: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: 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: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

About Library Mobile 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.