Suggested Listening October 5, 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*

1. The Essential Otis Rush: The Classic Cobra Recordings 1956-1958 (Genre: Blues, Guitar):

This is a wonderful collection of songs from the great blues guitarist who died last week.

Songs in the collection include: I Can’t Quit You Baby, My Love Will Never Die, Groaning the Blues, Jump Sister Rosie, Double Trouble and All Your Love.

2. American Horror Songs by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Swing, Spoken, Rock):

A collection of fun “horror” songs by a mix of classic and contemporary artists including Shooter Jennings, Ann Williams, Cab Calloway, Dirk Jacobs & His Orchestra and the Ohio Express. This is a cool album perfect for the month of Halloween.

Songs on the LP include: Halloween by Betty Grable and David Wayne, The Wobblin’ Goblin by Rosemary Clooney, The Little Man Who Wasn’t There by The Glen Miller Orchestra, Halloween by Bob Hope, The Raven by Basil Rathbone, The Ghost of Ol’ Man Moss by Harry Gold and Nightmare by The Velvets.

3. To The Roots and Back (1972) by Lloyd Price:

A classic LP by the pop and R&B favorite sees him updating some of his classic fifties hits for the seventies era.

Songs on the LP include: Sing a Song, They Get Down, It Ain’t Easy, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Stagger Lee and Personality — all with a seventies spin on them!

4. Fabulous Fifty 5 LPs: This is a fun set of five albums available to stream and download separately from Freegal. The albums feature a great combo of fifties pop, rhythm and blues and rock – perfect for parties or just weekend listening.

Here are the albums in the series:

Fabulous 50′ Vol. 1 – Instrumental Versions (Genre: Pop, R&B, Fifties Rock):

Songs on the album include: Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson, Song for a Summer Night by Mitch Mitchell And His Orchestra, Autumn Leaves by Morris Stoloff, So Rare by Jimmy Dorsey and Sail Along, Silvery Moon by Billy Vaughn.

Fabulous 50′ Vol. 2 – Sung Originals (Genre: Pop, R&B & Fifties Rock):

Songs on the LP include: Venus by Frankie Avalon, Be Bop Baby by Ricky Nelson, Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford, Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin and Crazy Love by Paul Anka.

Fabulous 50′ Vol. 3 – Sung Originals (Genre: Pop, R&B, Fifties Rock):

Songs on the LP include: Too Young by Nat King Cole, Charlie Brown by The Coasters, Witch Doctor by David Seville, Lollipop by The Chordettes, Just Because by Lloyd Price and Papa Loves Mambo by Perry Combo.

Fabulous 50′ Vol. 4 – Sung Originals  (Genre: Pop, R&B, Fifties Rock):

Songs on the LP include: Stood Up by Ricky Nelson, Kiss of Fire by Georgia Gibbs, My Special Angel by Bobby Helms, Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran and Razzle Dazzle by Bill Haley.

Fabulous 50’ Vol. 5 – Sung Originals  (Genre: Pop, R&B, Fifties Rock):

Songs on the album include: Jamaica Farewell by Harry Belafonte, Sh Boom by The Crew Cuts, Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino, Reveille Rock by Johnny & The Hurricanes and Bye, Bye Love by The Everly Brothers.

Recommended CD of the Week:

Over The Years (2018) by Graham Nash (Genre: Pop, Rock, Vocal): 

Arriving nearly a decade after the career-spanning 2009 box Reflections, Over the Years… isn’t nearly as ambitious a compilation as its predecessor. In its simplest form, it’s a collection of 15 highlights from Nash’s career, using the first Crosby, Stills & Nash album as its starting point and running until his 2016 album, This Path Tonight. Despite that designation, Over the Years… largely lingers on material made during the ’70s and early ’80s, anchored on CSN standards (“Marrakesh Express,” “Just a Song Before I Go,” “Teach Your Children,” “Our House,” “Wasted on the Way”) and featuring two Crosby & Nash tracks (“Immigration Man,” “Wind on the Water”) in addition to five solo cuts. All of this makes for a nice capsule introduction, but for the dedicated, the selling point is the second disc on the Deluxe Edition, which collects 15 demos. The great majority of these — 12, as a matter of fact — were recorded between 1968 and 1972, with three of the previously mentioned CSN classics from the twilight of the ’70s rounding out the disc. A few of these were previously released, but taken as a collective, these unadorned recordings — just a guitar and a voice, save “Wind on the Water” and “Just a Song Before I Go,” where Nash plays piano, and “Wasted on the Way,” which features Stephen Stills on harmony — strip away not just the studio polish but nostalgia, revealing the delicate craft that lies behind them.

Videos of the Week:

I Can’t Quit You Baby by Otis Rush

The Black Cat by Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra

In The Cold, Cold Night by Wanda Jackson and Shooter Jennings

The Monster Twist by Tyrone A’Saurus and his Cro-Magnons

Personality by Lloyd Price

Have You Ever Loved A Woman by Freddie King

Stood Up by Ricky Nelson

Lollipop & Mr. Sandman by The Chordettes introduced by Dick Clark

Immigration Man by Graham Nash

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.


Artist Biography & Discography Information:

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!

Daily Print & Digital Suggested Reads: Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween everyone!

I’m going to offer a bonus listening advisory suggestion today!

In keeping with the fact that today is Halloween – I suggest you check out this cool CD!


Halloween Stomp: Haunted House Party

This neat album features really cool old time swing music perfect for the Halloween season!

Here is a listing of the songs on the CD followed by the artists performing the songs:

The Haunted House (Ray Noble)

Shivery Stop (Frankie Trumbauer)

Mysterious Mose (Harry Reser)

The Boogy Man Is Her (Tom Gerun)

Haunting Blues (Red Nichols, Jimmy Dorsey, Eddie Lang)

Bug-A-Boo (Red Nichols, Wingy Mannone)

Got The Jitters (Don Redman)

The Boogie Man (Todd Rollins, Chick Bullock)

The House Is Haunted (Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orch.)

Zombie (Gene Kardos)

Mr. Ghost Goes To Town (Louis Prima, Pee Wee Russell)

Skeleton In The Closet (Nat Gonella and his Georgians)

The Goblin Band (Glen Gray)

Hell’s Bells (Sid Peltyn)

With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm (Rudy Vallee and the Connecticut Yankees)

The Black Cat (Ozzie Nelson)

Strange enchantment (Gil Evans)

The Ghost Of Smokey Joe (Cab Calloway)

Ol’ Man Mose Ain’t Dead (Nat King Cole Trio)

Swingin’ At The Seance (Glenn Miller)

Horror Fantasia For Spooks And Wild Indians (Charlie Barnet, Peggy Lee)

Haunted Heart (Tommy Dorsey)

The Headless Horseman (Kay Starr)

Dry bones (Tommy Dorsey).

And here is the link to the request page:

And on to our suggested daily recommended titles in print and digital formats!

Our Digital Catalog suggested title for today is the downloadable audiobook:


Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction by Elizabeth Vargas

“Instant New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, “”I am an alcoholic,”” to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in BETWEEN BREATHS, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety-which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam-and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and keeping her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who had never found the right balance.

Honest and hopeful, BETWEEN BREATHS is an inspiring read.”

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

And our Print Book Suggested Read for today is:


Miss Jane: A Novel by Brad Watson:

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction: Astonishing prose brings to life a forgotten woman and a lost world in a strange and bittersweet Southern pastoral.

Since his award-winning debut collection of stories, Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson has been expanding the literary traditions of the South, in work as melancholy, witty, strange, and lovely as any in America.

Now, drawing on the story of his own great-aunt, Watson explores the life of Miss Jane Chisolm, born in rural, early-twentieth-century Mississippi with a genital birth defect that would stand in the way of the central “uses” for a woman in that time and place: sex and marriage. From the highly erotic world of nature around her to the hard tactile labor of farm life, from the country doctor who befriends her to the boy who loved but was forced to leave her, Miss Jane Chisolm and her world are anything but barren.

The potency and implacable cruelty of nature, as well as its beauty, is a trademark of Watson’s fiction. In Miss Jane, the author brings to life a hard, unromantic past that is tinged with the sadness of unattainable loves, yet shot through with a transcendent beauty. Jane Chisolm’s irrepressible vitality and generous spirit give her the strength to live her life as she pleases in spite of the limitations that others, and her own body, would place on her. Free to satisfy only herself, she mesmerizes those around her, exerting an unearthly fascination that lives beyond her still.

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

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.

The Digital Catalog: 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:

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:

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.