"Without music, life is a journey through a desert." Pat Conroy
Create your own oasis!
Riverside Branch has a great selection of music CD's available for checkout. Did you know that we also have sheet music that can be checked out? Whether you are just learning to play an instrument or want complex classical music, come check us out. Sheet music can be found in Adult Non-Fiction, Dewey classification numbers 782 through 787.
Take a look at the selection of music books at your local MCPL library written for musical instruments. What a wonderful opportunity to look at different arrangements of music for guitar, cello, piano...etc, and find a book you would like to purchase before actually buying the music and finding out it isn't quite what you were looking for. Think public library and open a whole new resource for music in your life!!
Do you know what fado, reggae, klezmer, gospel and world fusion have in common? They’re all music genres! MCPL’s online research database, Contemporary World Music, has tens of thousands of music tracks that will take you "around the world" musically.
As a mom of two young kids, I have sung "The Wheels on the Bus" many times with my children. They also have enjoyed listening to this song on CD along with other kid songs. And as a mom who doesn’t sing very well, I like to listen to others who are more talented. But as you know, CDs can get very expensive and take up space.
Wolf used to love the Boxcar Children. Now he plays bass for the Chariot. The Chariot has a new CD coming out on November 22nd, and a new tour that begins November 12 at the Blue Nile in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Here is what Wolf had to say when I asked about the recent doings of the Chariot and his Halloween costume.
What does the new record sound like? What were you listening to when you were recording?
Bob Bovee and Gail Heil explore the many threads that come together to create "Country Music". Drawing from American folksongs, blues and ragtime, the compositions of Tin Pan Alley, and the music of the many ethnic groups in the American melting pot, country music was first recorded commercially in the 1920s. "Old Time Country Music", the forerunner of bluegrass, flourished up until World War II, not only on phonograph records, but on the many barn dance radio shows, traveling tent and medicine shows, and even the vaudeville theaters.
Have you ever come across something or someone that brought back memories of when you were growing up? I stumbled across this book that someone was checking out called Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter by Randy Schmidt. I requested a copy of the book for myself, and I'm reading it now. It takes me back to when I was in Junior High and High School, when I loved listening to them.
I would say "the holidays are slowly creeping up on us", but I’d be wrong. It seems that this year has flown by, and once again, some of us are rushing to finish those to-do lists before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whether you’re running errands, finishing your lists, or enjoying the company of friends and family, you should grab a little music to help set the mood. The library has a wide selection of music: from country, pop and rock, to orchestral, holiday classics, and every genre in between.