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Irish Roots of Traditional American Folksongsmusical staff elab

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Musician Adam Miller traces the evolution of traditional Irish ballads and melodies that have become firmly entrenched in American folk music.

One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller.  He accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.  A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folksongs and folktales, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages.



All Directions Band

Sunday, April 7, at 3 pm

All Directions Official PhotoWorld, Jazz, Blues and R&B Music.

Shelley Catalan, guitar/vocals.

Mike Ager, keyboard.

Ralph McKee, bass.

Pat Sorise, drums.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.




New Orleans Boogie, Blues & Swing


Sunday, March 17, at 3pm

Enjoy a family-friendly concert of New Orleans Boogie-Blues-Swing and Song favorites from the 20s, 30s and 40s, with hits like Ain't Misbehavin', In The Mood, When the Saints Go Marchin' In, Basin Street Blues, and more, as arranged and performed by Matthew Ball, The Boogie-Woogie Kid.  Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.


20th Century American History in 100 Protest Songs

by James Sullivan, Oxford University Press, 2019.

New to the collection...

which side are you on"Protest" music is largely perceived as an unsubtle art form, a topical brand of songwriting that preaches to the converted.  But popular music of all types has long given listeners food for thought.  Fifty years before Vietnam, before the United States entered World War I, some of the most popular sheet music in the country featured anti-war tunes.  The labor movement of the early decades of the century was fueled by its communal "songbook."  The Civil Rights movement was soundtracked not just by the gorgeous melodies of "Strange Fruit" and "A Change Is Gonna Come," but hundreds of other gospel-tinged ballads and blues.

In Which Side Are You On?, author James Sullivan delivers a lively anecdotal history of the progressive movements that have shaped the growth of the United States, and the songs that have accompanied and defined them.  Covering one hundred years of social conflict and progress across the twentieth century and into the early years of the twenty-first, this book reveals how protest songs have given voice to the needs and challenges of a nation and asked its citizens to take a stand - asking the question, "Which side are you on?"   -- Publisher.

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An NPR article dated 1/18/2010 by Nick Morrison provides links to full version jazz/blues renditions of several songs, performed by the likes of Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, Grant Green, and others.

NPR Link


Sunday, February 10, at 3:00 notes swirl staff

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert:

String Quartet, Featuring:
  • Jennifer Berg - Violin 1
  • Barbara Sturgis-Everett - Violin 2
  • Jaqueline Hanson - Viola
  • Alicia Rowe - Cello

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.


A Genius and His Craft

by Jane Glover, Pegasus Books, 2018.

New to the collection...

handel londonIn 1712, a young German composer followed his princely master to London and would remain there for the rest of his life.  That master would become King George II and the composer was George Freidrich Handel.

Handel, then still only twenty-seven and largely self-taught, would be at the heart of musical activity in London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece, whether the glorious coronoation anthem "Zadok the Priest" operas such as "Rinaldo" and "Alcina" or the great oratorios, culminating, of course, in "Messiah".

It is a story of music-making and musicianship, but also of courts and cabals, of theatrical rivalries and eighteenth-century society.  It is also the story of some of the most remarkable music ever written, music that has been played, sung, and loved throughout the world for three hundred years.   -- Publisher.

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dulcimerSunday, December 2, at 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a Holiday-themed concert presented by this acoustic string band featuring the hammered dulcimer.  Additional instrumentation includes mountain dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, banjo, string bass and mandolin.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.


a personal guide

by Anthony Tommasini, Chief Classical Music Critic, The New York Times, 2018.

New to the collection...

indispensable composersTommasini draws on elements of biography, the anxiety of influence, the composer's relationships with colleagues, and shifting attitudes toward a composer's work over time.  Because he has spent his life contemplating these titans, Tommasini shares impressions from performances he has heard or given, as well as moments when his own biography proves revealing.  As he argues for his particular pantheon of indispensable composers, Anthony Tommasini provides a master class in what to listen for and how to understand what music does to us.   -- Publisher.

Composers:  Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Debussy, Puccini, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok.


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Clarinet & String Quartetmusical staff elab

Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m.

  • Teagan Faran & Christina Adams, Violin
  • Zoie Hightower, Viola
  • Leo Singer, Cello
  • Nickolas Hamblin, Carlinet

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.


Warren & Flick: Acoustic String DuoWarrenFlick sm

musical staff elabSunday, October 7, 3pm

Using both original material and arranged standards from many genres, this ensemble finds new depth in the simplicity of a duo.  Jacob Warren is a multi-style bassist steeped in classical, folk, jazz, bluegrass and Cajun music.  Grant Flick plays violin, tenor guitar & mandolin, with interests in jazz, swing, bluegrass and new acoustic music.  Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.



Sunday, September 16, at 3:00 p.m.     pirateship

mainstr operalogoEnjoy musical selections from Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance along with other seafaring melodies presented by members of the Main Street Opera Theatre.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.



musicvideographicBillboard Magazine Staff have reviewed the past 18 years of music videos to arrive at The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 21st Century: Critics Picks, posted online 7/24/2018.  Entries include artist, song title, video director, commentary and twenty-eight video links.

And... 12 Choreographers on their Most Iconic Music Video Moves...,
by Nolan Feeney, 7/27/2018, Billboard.




Rhapsody: Blue Cat Band


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Al Carmichael (Vocals, Lead Guitar), Billy Farris (Vocals, Guitar), Frankie Lee (Bass guitar), Ken Murphy (Drums, Percussion).

Together for 21 years, the Blue Cat Band combines four lifetimes of musical experience to bring a unique guitar-driven sound from the Motor City.  With backgrounds in rock, country, and folk, the Band now plays classic, original & contemporary blues.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library.


a journey to the end of classic rock

by Steven Hyden, Dey St., 2018.


New to the collection...

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In his first book, Your Favorite Band is Killing Me, Steven Hyden derived life meanings from pop music rivalries.  In his latest undertaking, Hyden takes aim at classic rock and its profound effect on all of us - from its existence as a radio format to a social phenomenon to a way of life.

Twilight of the Gods is a bold, often humorous, and effortlessly provocative book about our rock gods and the real messages they leave behind.  Since the 1960s, artists like the Rolling Stones, the Who, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Black Sabbath, and Bruce Springsteen have ushered the classic rock canon forward for generations.  Even groups that are no longer active - the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin - continue to wield an outsized amount of cultural capital; The White Album, Dark Side of the Moon, and Led Zeppelin IV are namechecked and referenced constantly in our cluture.  But no matter how entrenched these classic rockers have been, you can already see signs of their decline.  At some point, rock will fade fully from view, just as all subcultures do.

By mixing personal memoir, criticism, and journalism, Hyden explores the ways that classic rock changed the culture - how it established the album as music's answer to the novel, and rock concerts as the secular equivalent to church - and asks whether any of these signposts can endure.  He investigates the rise and fall of classic rock radio and determines whether the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is telling the right version of rock history, and he revisits all of your favorite live bootlegs, rereads all the great tell-all rock biographies, and excavates deep down into the liner notes of rock's greatest masterpieces to explain what we can all learn from rock gods and their music.  Is classic rock ephemeral or forever?   -- Publisher.

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1968USATPart 6 of USA Today's focus on 1968 - A Respite from Unrest (by Austin Brogues, June 2018)- focuses on Music, specifically, local & national acts converging on Asbury Park, NJ.  Commentary touches upon race relations, Vietnam, civil rights, a unique sound, and the artists.  Included is a 28-song Spotify playlist.






bkcover detrragjazzThursday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m.notetrio

Musician & Author Jon Milan will introduce us to the musicians, venues and entrepreneurs that helped Detroit play a significant role in the development of jazz and ragtime music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Discussion & slide presentation accompanied by live music excerpts.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library.









































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Late summer 2017, NLS Music Notes began a selective review of American Composers and Musician from A to Z.  Biographical remarks, affiliation of the Library of Congress and/or vision issues, as well as a list of resources (recordings, biographies, music history) accompany each post.  To date, the following musicians have been discussed:

Musician  Music Field  Library of Congress
Plymouth Library
Catalog Link 
John Adams Composer, Classical LC Resource List Music CDs
Charles Atkins Musician, Blues, Soul, R&B  LC Resource List Blues Books/DVDs
Amy Beach Musican/Composer, Pianist, Chamber Music LC Resource List Music CDs
John W. Bischoff Composer & Organist LC Resource List  
Francis Joseph Campbell Musician, Promoted braille notation to aid
reading & writing of music
LC Resource List  
Aaron Copland Classical Composer LC Resource List Music CDs 
Norman Dello Joio Composer, Choral Music LC Resource List Music CDs
Duke Ellington Jazz Composer, Pianist LC Resource List Music CDs  DVDs  Jazz Books/DVDs


NLS Music Notes is a blog of the National Library Service for Blind and Visually Handicapped under the auspices of our Library of Congress.


Blues in the Night  with The Sheila Landis Quartet

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Sunday, May 6, at 3:00 p.m.

Vocalist Sheila Landis is accompanied by guitarist Rick Matle, bass player Kurt Krahnke, and drummer Karen Tomalis.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library





Marc Hogan, Senior Staff Writer for Pitchford, discusses the pending Music Modernization Act in his 3/16/2018 article: Congress is Making Headway on a Bill to Modernize How Musicians are Paid.  Topics include separate copyrights for the recording and the composition, mechanical royalties & performance royalities, stakeholders (publishers, songwriters, radio stations, streaming services), self-published musicians, and so on.

Text of the House Bill

Text of the Senate Bill



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Sunday, March 11, at 3:00 p.m.

Nessa is a high-energy Celtic World Music Ensemble based in Ann Arbor led by vocalist/flutist Kelly McDermott.  Nessa re-imagines the ballads and dances of the U.K. and Europe, blending elements of classical, folk, rock and jazz to create freshly original musical hybrids.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library.



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Guest Speaker:  Nan Washburn
Director & Conductor, Michigan Philharmonic

Nan Washburn presents the life and music of the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in words, images and musical excerpts.

The Michigan Philharmonic will be performing Tchaikovsky's monumental Symphony No.4 on Sunday, March 18, at First United Methodist Church in Plymouth.  Although this great work is often ranked as one of Tchaikovsky's finest, it has not been played locally in many years.  In addition to the Symphony No.4, other works on the concert include Grammy nominated Zhou Tian's piece, "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers," and Michigan Phil pianist Patrick Johnson performing the "Etruscan Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra" by Peggy Glanville-Hicks.  See Michigan Phil for additional information.




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30 Years After His Death, Roy Orbison Is Going on Tour Again - In Hologram Form

Roy Orbison in our collection







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Drop-in and Warm Up !music notes swirl staff

Saturday, January 13, at 2 p.m.

murdockNoted as a fluent instrumentalist on six and twelve string guitars, Lee Murdock combines ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles with a flair for storytelling in songs. His musical influences span fifteen generations, and combine original compositions with traditional music.  This Ice Festival Concert is sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Note: Parking may be challenging as downtown is expected to be crowded with visitors to the annual Plymouth Ice Festival. As in year's past, a local service club will charge for parking in the library/city lot.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight. Upstairs, a cellist plays an Irish folk tune for a patient in intensive care.

Music increasingly is becoming a part of patient care — although it’s still pretty unusual to see roving performers captivating entire wards, like at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital one fall morning.

Click here for the rest of the story.







Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Cleveland.

Click on links below to see RockHall brief biography and recommended playlist for class of 2018 inductees.

Bon Jovi

The Cars

Dire Straits

The Moody Blues

Nina Simone

Sister Rosetta Tharpe



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Posted December 13, Billboard's 100 Best Songs of 2017: Critics' Picks.

Click on the link and read all about it.








Phil Hale Jazz Trio

Sunday, December 3, at 3:00 p.m.

musical staff elabPhil Hale has been playing the keys for over thirty years.  From All-Star jam sessions to smoky after-hours clubs, he rarely misses an opportunity to sit at the keys and lay down a groove that fits.  In high demand on the jazz, gospel, rhythm & blues, house, funk & techno scenes, his creativity seems almost endless.

Phil will be joined by John Bannon on bass & Djallo Djakate on drums, playing jazz standards by composers such as Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter.

This performance is underwritten by the Jazz Foundation of America... saving jazz and blues one musician at a time.



Sight & Sound: Concert Performance & Discussion

Doubleplay for LowVisionCelebrating a life of love, music and visual impairment

Double Play Flute and Tuba presents
"Baroque, Broadway and Beyond"

Thursday, December 7, at 1:00 p.m.

Amy Ridings, flutist, and Patrick Sciannella, tubaist.  Forty-five minute concert followed by discussion topic: guide dogs, travel & music.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library.



Winter Serenade

Monday, December 11, at 1:00 p.m.Music Staff

Enjoy Light Opera, Broadway tunes and holiday favorites performed by Clodagh Earls (soprano), Sasha Noori (tenor) and Joseph Jackson (keyboard accompanist) in this Michigan Opera Theatre presentation sponsored by The Mary Thompson Foundation.






snapshot MichPhil Tgiving 2017 overviewIn Thanksgiving greetings emailed to newsletter subscribers, the Michigan Philharmonic shared the following video... an overview of the 2017 Season along with commentary focusing on classical music, community outreach and education.

Michigan Phil Video


For more information, please visit the Michigan Phil website.




Sunday, November 5, at 3:00 p.m.

musical staff elabRay Kamalay's Musical Flea Market:
Trifles and Treasures from our Melodious Past

Guitarist/Singer Kamalay shares his love of music in this revue which includes Rag, Irish, Bach, Delta Blues, Vaudeville and early Jazz tunes.  Like a table at a flea market, each piece, though old, retains its unique charm and value.  Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.



The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time

by Ray Padgett, Sterling, 2017.


New to the collection...

cover me bkcoverWithout cover songs, the world would have missed out on many well-loved classics recorded by artists like the Beatles, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and the Talking Heads.  But what makes a great cover?  Some explore cultural avenues the original song only hinted at.  For instance, Aretha Franklin's version of "Respect," originally recorded by Otis Redding, became a generational anthem.  Other covers can introduce a song to a different audience - think of the Fugees translating "Killing Me Softly" for a hip-hop generation that otherwise might have never heard of Roberta Flack.

In this book Ray Padgett, the founder of the blog Cover Me, has chosen to profile nineteen of the most iconic covers ever, from Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" (Big Mama Thornton cover) to Adele's "Make You Feel My Love" (Bob Dylan cover).

Each chapter investigates the origins of a classic cover as a framework to tell the larger story of how this genre has evolved over the decades.  It's packed with insight, music history, and "Did you know... facts". -- Publisher.

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Bon Jovi      Kate Bush      The Cars
Depeche Mode   Dire Straits   Eurythmics
J. Geils Band   Judas Priest   LL Cool J
The MC5   The Meters   Moody Blues
Radiohead   Rage Against the Machine   Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Nina Simone   Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Link Wray
The Zombies        


Vote for your favorites at RockHall.





San, Emily & Jacob

san emily jacobSunday, October 8, at 3:00 p.m.

San, Emily and Jacob's concerts feature a range of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and classical music, as well as Broadway show tunes.  Their beautifully blended harmony vocals and exciting instrumental work breathe new life into this wide variety of music.  San Slomovits plays guitar, Emily Slomovits, violin, and Jacob Warren, bass.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.




Attend FREE Detroit Symphony Orchestra Community Concerts...orchestra generic

For the seventh consecutive year, the DSO will perform four free community concerts this fall, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation. This year’s concerts, conducted by Michelle Merrill, will take place September 28 through October 1 in Dearborn, Detroit, Clawson, and St. Clair Shores, with favorites by Bernstein, Brahms, and John Williams, plus music from The Sound of Music.

Free, General Seating Tickets required.

See DSO Newsletter for details and link to online ticketing.



* On This Date...  August 31

1956:  Before the British Invasion, the Americans had their own version in England when the top nine records on the U.K. singles chart were all by Yanks.


Doris Day

Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)


Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon  

Why Do Fools Fall in Love


Teresa Brewer

Sweet Old-Fashioned Girl


Tony Martin

Walk Hand in Hand


Mel Torme

Mountain Greenery


Billl Haley and His Coments

Rockin' Through the Rye


Elvis Presley

Heartbreak Hotel


Pat Boone

I'll Be Home


Tex Ritter

The Wayward Wind


For additional information, please see U.K. Singles Charts.

* From "On This Day In Music History", by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], page 245.



105 new duet* parts for the world's most played piano piece, by Philip Johnston, 2017.

     * or trio, or quartet, or as many people as you can fit at one piano.


New to the collection...


One famous tune, 105 new ensemble parts, infinite possiblities.

Sections include:

  • The Original
  • MicroEtudes - finger crunching technical showpieces
  • Melodies - any instrument can join in
  • Accompaniments - harmonic glue
  • Rhythmics - adding pulse, bounce, zip, flair
  • Hit Points - high impact entry every six beats
  • Gatecrashers - famous melodies that should not be in Chopsticks

Difficulty ratings indicated by colored circles.

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For more sheet music... visit the collection, upper level nonfiction, shelf location 784.5.



solareclipseDebra Filcman, from UltimateClassicRock posted her Top 13 Eclipse Songs, including remarks, artist & album title, and link to youtube music.  Rearranged in release year order:

  • Sounds of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel
  • Darkness, Darkness, The Youngbloods
  • Beware of Darkness, George Harrison
  • Ain't No Sunshine, Bill Withers
  • You're So Vain, Carly Simon
  • Eclipse, Pink Floyd
  • Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Elton John
  • Blinded by the Light, Manfred Mann's Earth Band
  • Promises in the Dark, Pat Benatar
  • Total Eclipse, Iron Maiden
  • Dancing in the Dark, Bruce Springsteen
  • The Dark of the Sun, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Black Hole Sun, Soundgarden

NASA, Innovative Music & Sonification...  Watch the video to learn how Solar Energy during the eclipse will be converted into music played by the Kronos Quartet.


* On This Date...  August 18

1969:  Joni Mitchell appeared on Dick Cavett's TV talk show.  Because of that scheduled appearance, her agent, David Geffen, had convinced her to pull out of her planned performance at the Woodstock Festival.  In tribute to the monumental event, she then wrote "Woodstock."

* From "On This Day In Music History", by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], page 232.


Joni Mitchell Music CD's HERE

and for Woodstock materials here.

For additional information, please see


Rolling Stone remembers Glen Campbell.


"Glen Campbell performs At The 2012 CMA Music Festival In Nashville." UPI Photo Collection, 2012. Fine Arts and Music Collection, Accessed 8 Aug. 2017.









music learnLearning music through online methods is something that is now more possible (and easier) than ever.  So begins an article posted August 2, 2017, by TechBoomers titled 5 Ways to Learn Music Online for Free.

  • Find an online music teacher
  • Watch instructional videos
  • Take an online class
  • Download a learning app
  • Review Music Theory

Descriptions and links are provided in each section of the article.

TechBoomers is a free site that offers short courses on the Internet's hottest websites and topics, from social networks and online marketplaces to information directories and Internet safety & privacy.  Have a look at



BennettTonyTony Bennett is not just an artist for the ages, but an artist for all ages. His interpretations and re-interpretations have introduced new generations to the Great American Songbook. He is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in seven consecutive decades, beginning in the 1950s through the 2010s. Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday on Aug. 3, and the milestone was highlighted with the broadcast of a television special, the release of a new CD and book and the lighting of the Empire State Building honoring his musical legacy.  [See Library of Congress News Release for additional details.]

The Gershwin Prize honors a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. Previous recipients are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson and Smokey Robinson. 

[Image from Fine Arts and Music Collection]

For additional information about Tony Bennett, please see our Research Databases Biography in Context and/or Fine Arts & Music Collection.  Note: A Plymouth Library card is required to access these databases remotely.

Find Tony Bennett in our Music CD Collection here.

Find Tony Bennett in our Digital Hoopla Collection here.




Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Album, The Beatles and the World in 1967, by Brian Southall, Charlesbridge, 2017.


New to the collection...

sgtpepperbkA carefully crafted and collectible volume celebrations the 50th anniversary of a legendary and groundbreaking Beatles album.

Expert Brian Southall's unique edition recounts the story behind the music and the cultural climate of 1967 when Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band debuted.  The -A-side- of this coolly curated title is all about the Beatles, the music on the album, the recording process, how the disc was received at the time and how it has been acknowledged as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.  The -B-side- looks at the state of the world in 1967, from the Summer of Love to anti-war protests to the launch of Rolling Stone magazine to Jimi Hendrix's first UK tour as a solo artist--and so much, much more.

Fascinating photographs and text build a complete picture of the world as it was when one of the most famous albums of all time was released. -- Goodreads

Click on Book image to link to catalog.

For more Beatles...

See Bill Wyman's ranking of Beatles songs with commentary at

Find Beatles in the Plymouth District Library Collection of Music CDs and Nonfiction Books & DVDs.


M Jazz Fest

The mission of the Michigan Jazz Festival, Inc., is to promote and encourage public interest, appreciation and support for jazz as a musical art form and a cultural resource. Toward this end, the organization will conduct an annual day-long Jazz Festival in the Southeastern area of Michigan. Various jazz artists and groups will be invited to perform. The event will be open to the public without cost to those attending.

Link to General Information about Michigan Jazz Fest and to the 2017 Program Guide (Schedule, Musicians, Sponsors, Map).






Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 7:00 pm

Kellogg Park - Downtown Plymouth - FREE ADMISSION

Musical Selections:
Festival Overture on "The Star-Spangled Banner" ~ Dudley Buck
Crazy For You Overture ~ George Gershwin
West Side Story Selection ~ Leonard Bernstein
Sanford and Son Theme ~ Quincy Jones
Movin' on Up [Theme from The Jeffersons] ~ Ja'net Dubois & Jeff Barry
Prime Time Toon Revue ~ arr. Ted Ricketts
An American Symphony from "Mr. Holland's Opus" ~ Michael Kamen
Washington Post March ~ John Phillip Sousa
Our America ~ arr. John Higgins
Armed Forces Salute ~ arr. Robert W. Lowden
1812 Overture ~ Peter Illych Tchaikovsky
Stars & Stripes Forever March ~ John Phillip Sousa

For more information, please see Michigan Philharmonic online.



DetroitMusicWeekend2017Detroit Music Weekend is a new festival that will take over the city's theater district along Madison Street from Thursday through Sunday.  Conceived by Music Hall and coordinated with a host of Detroit cultural groups, the festival is a mix of free and paid events, featuring music, arts exhibitions and retail booths.  [, What You Need to Know, 6/4/2017]

Music Hall, with help from lead sponsors Southfield-based Lear Corp. and Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co., has put up about $500,000 to organize the event to celebrate rock, R&B, hip hop, techno, gospel and other genres Detroit artists have impacted. The festival will take place in the district bounded by Madison Street, Brush Street, Gratiot Avenue and Randolph Street, Centre Street and John R Street.  [Per Tyler Clifford writing for Crains Detroit Business 6/5/2017]

Check Event Schedule.



afmilMemDaycrSunday, May 28, 8:00 p.m., WTVS Detroit

The National Memorial Day Concert features uplifting musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings that honor the military service of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

See for details.  See Salute to the Services for description and audio recording of each Service's Song performed by each Service's Band.






Saturday, May 27, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Matthew Ball plays boogie-woogie piano on the Library's porch (atop the steps) as part of the Plymouth Community-wide celebration of DIA Inside|Out.  If you're in the area, drop by and catch a few tunes!







Julie Beutel in concert...jbeutelpic

Sunday, May 21, at 3:00 p.m.

Singer, Song-Leader and Guitarist, Julie performs selections from her folk music repertoire including standards, spirituals, peace and protest songs.  Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.







Friday Evenings, 7:00 p.m., Kellogg Park...



New to the collection...

language spirit classicalmusicAn Introduction to Classical Music, by Jan Swafford, Basic Books, 2017.

Swafford thoughtfully examines the universal qualities in music - love, hope, exaltation, despair - and encourages us to see our own lives and feelings reflected in the magnificient sounds of artists such as Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, and Stravinsky.  Language of the Spirit is essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about this sublime art.  [Basic Books]

"After all," says the author, "one of the prime functions of any art is to show ourselves to ourselves in moving and memorable ways.

Pianist Emanuel Ax says of the author, "His series of short sketches of composers and their works ring true and, more importantly, send you running to listen to the music for yourself."

Click on Book image to link to catalog.



The Paul VornHagen Quartet, Sunday, April 23, at 3:00 p.m.

musical staff elabJoin us at the library and enjoy the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk and others, in an American Songbook of Jazz standards with Paul VornHagen on saxophone, flute and vocals, Phil Kelly on keyboard, Rob Crozier on bass, and Scott Kretzer on drums.  Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.



Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.

At the Plymouth Historical Museum... Free Admission

Guest Speaker:  Terese Volk Tuohey, Associate Professor Emerita, Wayne State University.  

Terese's talk will focus on the history leading to the founding of the Plymouth High School Band and the contribution the band has made to the Plymouth area and high school.  [Source: April 7, 2017, Downtown Plymouth Weekly Update.  See the Museum's Facebook page for additional information.]



Saturday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m.musical staff elab

arbor consort imageEnjoy a colorful array of pop hits of the 16th century in original a cappella form from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and the golden age of Elizabethan England.  Each song will be introduced with a short narrative describing the historical context and why the song is interesting and notable.  Following the musical presentation, Consort members discuss life during the renaissance, and describe their clothing: ruffs, partlets, doublets, farthingales, bum rolls, cauls, coifs and all.



The Detroit Symphony Orchestra:  Grace, Grit, and Glory

by Laurie Lanzen Harris with Paul Ganson, 2016.

dso bk... the first detailed history of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as seen through the prism of the city it has called home for nearly 130 years.  Now one of America's finest orchestras, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra began as a rather small ensemble of around thirty-five players in a city that was just emerging as an industrial powerhouse.  Since then, both the city and its orchestra have known great success while also facing crises that have forced the DSO into closure three times and the city into the throes of bankruptcy.  Yet somehow, in the face of adversity, the DSO stands strong today, a beacon of perseverence and rebirth in a city of second chances.  Authors Laurie Lanzen Harris and Paul Ganson explore the orchestra's cycles of glory, collapse, and renewal in light of the city's own economic, demographic, and cultural changes.  [Wayne State University Press]

Click here for a catalog listing of music recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra available to borrow from our CD Collection.  Click on the book image to check book availability.





mphilnanSee a profile of Michigan Phil's Nan Washburn, Music Director and Conductor, as reported by Joanne Maliszewski,, March 9, 2017.  For information about the Michigan Philharmonic, please visit their website.





I would gladly write to you only by means of music, but I have things to say to you to-day which music could not express.

Johannes Brahms to Clara Schumann, 1854.

From the book: Letters of Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, published in 1971, edited by Berthold Litzmann, and available via MEL (from several Michigan colleges and universities).

Maria Popova's February 20, 2017 article (viewed via Flipboard) provides details on letters, friendship, composers Robert Schumann & Johannes Brahms, and wife, mother, and virtuoso pianist Clara Schumann.  Also included is a poem entitled "Romantics, Johannes Brahms & Clara Schumann" by Lisel Mueller.

See our catalog for the music of composers Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.brahms schumann






New to the collection...

anatomy songThe Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits that Changed Rock, R&B and Pop, by Marc Myers, Grove Press, 2016.

Every great song has a fascinating backstory.  In Anatomy of a Song, based on the ongoing Wall Street Journal column, writer and music historian Marc Myers brings to life five decades of music through oral histories of forty-five transformative songs woven from interviews with the artists who created them.

For Example:
After receiving an honorable discharge from the army in 1968, John Fogerty does a handstand and reworks Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to come up with "Proud Mary."  Joni Mitchell remembers living in a cave on Crete with the "mean old daddy" who inspired her 1971 hit "Carey."  Elvis Costello talks about writing "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" on the train to Liverpool.  Cyndi Lauper picks a sci-fi film title out of TV Guide for her hit, "Time After Time."

Ronald Isley, of the Isley Brothers, discusses "Shout."  Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil & Bill Medley comment on "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."  Rod Stewart tells of an early experience, then the feel of the song he wanted which resulted in "Maggie May."  Also included: "Reach Out I'll Be There" by the Four Tops, "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin, "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips, and "Big City" by Merle Haggard.

Click on Book image to link to catalog.




Sunday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy an Irish-Themed concert presented by this acoustic string band featuring the hammered dulcimer, along with mountain dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, banjo, string bass, mandolin and other instruments.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Sign-up online.



From the Library of Congress...  Link to the collection here.

berlins buglesongFrom 1914 through 1920 the Library of Congress acquired over 14,000 pieces of sheet music relating to what ultimately became known as the First World War, with the greatest number coming from the years of the United States' active involvement (1917-1918) and the immediate postwar period.  America's entry into the war came at a time when popular songwriting and the music publishing industry, centered in New York's Tin Pan Alley, was at its height and a new musical form known as "jazz" was emerging.  The sheet music collection represents the intersection of this rich output of popular song and the consciousness of a nation at war that was itself emerging, as a major world power.

In addition to commercially published songs, the collection also contains "music of the people" - the work of amateurs in vanity press editions and unpublished manuscripts.  The essay "World War I Sheet Music at the Library of Congress: America's War, as Viewed by Publishers and the Public" discusses the historical context of the collected songs and their reflection of American society during the war. 



























Historical information about the song is available at, as is information about Robert Burns...

In 1788 Robert Burns sent the poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the Scots Musical Museum, indicating that it was an ancient song but that he’d been the first to record it on paper. The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake’, and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.

Click through to BBC America and their selection of Twelve Notable (And Slightly Odd) Versions of "Auld Lang Syne" posted by Fraser Mcalpine in 2012.

Twenty (20) renditions of Auld Lang Syne reside in our Adult Music CD Collection for your listening pleasure.  Artists range from Andrew Bird to Sinatra & Martin, from the US Army Chorus to Chris Botti & Yo-Yo Ma, from Lisa Lambe of Celtic Woman to Keith Harkin.  Check our catalog for availability.



merrychristmasSee Peter Armenti's 21 Dec 2016 Library of Congress From the Catbird Seat  blog post for an interesting and scholarly review of lyrics: Is it "Four Calling Birds" or "Four Colly Birds"? A "Twelve Days of Christmas" Debate.

See also Christmas Sheet Music dated from the 1800's in the Library of Congress American Memory Project.

Note... Christmas music is still available to borrow from our Library Music CD collection (check the catalog), or check Hoopla for digital downloads.





Ten Music Industry Questions Asked & Answered, courtesy of Chris Cooke, CMU Insights Blog, 14 Dec 2016.

Subjects include copyright, sales and social media.





New to the collection...

heaven was detroitFrom Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond,
edited by M. L. Liebler, 2016.

[This book] is the first of its kind to capture the full spectrum of Detroit popular music from the early 1900s to the 21st century.  Readers will find in this unique and stimulating anthology new essays, and a few classics, by widely known and respected music writers, critics, and recording artists who weigh in on their careers and experiences in the Detroit music scene.  The book moves chronologically through the early days of jazz in Detroit, to the rock 'n' roll of the 1960s, and up to today's electronica scene, with so many groundbreaking moments in beteween.  Heaven Was Detroit captures the essence of the Detroit music scene: the grit, the spark, the desire to tell a story set to the rhythm of the city.  [Wayne State University Press]

Click on Book image to link to catalog.





Sunday, December 11, at 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy popular, classical and holiday music performed by the Go 4 Baroque String Quartet... James Engman (1st Violin), Janel deVries (2nd Violin), Stacey Bowen (Viola), Martin Guerra (Cello).

Sponsored by Friends of the Library.





dylan lyricsNew to the collection:

BOB DYLAN The Lyrics 1961-2012
(Simon & Schuster, 2016)

Additional Information available at:, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Official Bob Dylan Site, Rolling Stone articles,

Bob Dylan in the library collection:  Adult Music CDs, Adult Biographies, Adult NonFiction 

See Also... Bob Dylan holdings available via hoopla, part of the Plymouth District Libray digital collection.









A television series airing on PBS Detroit beginning November 14, 2016.

Music has been a constant in human history, an intermingling of voice and instrument that for all its local variation and increasing sophistication nevertheless endured in more or less the same form for centuries. Then came recording––and music was forever transformed. Soundbreaking, an eight-part event television series, traces this ongoing sonic revolution, and explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives.  [2016 HigherGround LLC]

Click here for Official Trailer.  Click here for information about individual episodes.




golden record cover smIn 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager I and II, on a grand tour of the solar system and beyond, into the mysteries of interstellar space. Mounted to each of these spacecraft is a stunning golden phonograph record, an interstellar message to introduce our civilization to extraterrestrials who might encounter the probes, perhaps billions of years from now.

The Voyager Golden Record contains the story of Earth expressed in sounds, images, and science: Earth's greatest music from myriad cultures and eras, from Bach and Beethoven to Blind Willie Johnson and Chuck Berry, Senegalese percussion to Solomon Island panpipes...

See for details on above and anticipated April 2017 release by Ozma Records.

See The Golden Record at for description of content and links to sound excerpts.  Click on image above right to link to explanation of album cover.



Your Vote Counts!  Help select the 2017 RRHOF inductees by indicating your choices at, where you can also review images & bio's, and sample recommended playlists.  Nominees are: Bad Brains, The Cars, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, The J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, Tupac Shakur, Yes, The Zombies.  Link to holdings by the various artists by clicking on artist name, above.




New to the collection...

glassarmonica angelicmusicbkAngelic Music, by Corey Mead, 2016.

The glass armonica, the first musical instrument invented by an American, was constructed of stacked glass bowls and played by rubbing one's fingers on the rims.  As it evolved, it became so popular in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, and Strauss composed for it; Marie Antoinette and numerous monarchs played it; Goethe and Thomas Jefferson praised it; and Dr. Franz Mesmer used it for his hypnotizing Mesmerism sessions.

In Angelic Music, Corey Mead describes how Franklin's instrument fell out of popular favor, partly due to claims that its haunting sounds could drive musicians out of their minds.  Some thought its ethereal tones summoned spirits or had magical powers.  It was banned in some places.  But in recent years, the armonica has enjoyed a revival.  [Simon & Schuster]

Click on Book image to link to catalog.


Web links for additional information:

The Glass Armonica: Ben Franklin's Magical Musical Invention

YouTube Video/Audio Performance of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

From our Music CD Collection:glassarmonica hoffmancd

Music for Glass Harmonica, by Bruno Hoffman.  See Amazon link to listen to selections from this cd.  Click on CD image to link to our catalog.









Enhance your Halloween festivities with scary-creepy music from the Plymouth District Library Music Collection.

CD's are available in Adult Music (Main Level) in Holiday, Sound Effects, Soundtracks, and Classical genres.  See our Halloween Music List for Album Titles, Song Lists, location and availability.



Free Live Webcast, Sunday, October 9 at 3 pm

logo dsoPianist Garrick Ohlsson returns to Detroit with the music of two American greats — Copland’s rarely heard Piano Concerto and Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue. Leonard Slatkin continues in the jazz tradition with French composer Darius Milhaud’s Harlem-inspired ballet, and concludes with a Roman celebration in Respighi’s ever triumphant Pines of Rome. 

For additional information, link to DSO Website.



October 14, 2016detr performs live logo

This 2nd Annual Concert & Gala at The Fillmore features Laith Al-Saadi, Thornetta Davis, The Contours, Selected of God Choir, Devin Scillian, and, The Motor City Horns.  Details at Detroit Performs Live.





New to the collection...

motown thesoundPacked with fresh insights gleaned from scores of interviews with key players, this exceptional and revealing book delves into the workings of the Motown machine and details how a dedicated team of backroom believers, white and black, turned a small family business into a popular music powerhouse...

Featuring extensive specially commissioned photography of treasures gathered from the archives, this landmark publication also captures the graphic and design iconography that underpinned Motown's extraordinary creativity.  [Publisher]

Book by Adam White & Barney Ales, 2016.  Published by Thames & Hudson, LTD.

Shelf Location: Upper Level Nonfiction: 781.644 M


Tolly Wright posted an article 10/21/2016, "The Best Motown Songs of All Time", including album covers, descriptions, and YouTube video/audio links.  [This link was obtained 10/27/2016 from Time Out NY via the mobile news app Flipboard.]



Musical Places to visit, an August 2016 Travel Channel Arts & Culture post compiled by Jennie Baird, covers a variety of genres, festivals and musicians, presented here in alphabetical order:

abbeyroadcoverAbbey Road, London, England.  (Live Cam)

Apollo Theater, New York City, NY.

Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN.

carnegiehallCarnegie Hall, New York City, NY.

Carter Family Fold, Hiltons, VA.

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, CA.

Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN.

Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas NV.

Graceland, Memphis, TN.

grandoleoprybkcoverGrand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN.

Jim Morrison's Grave, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Kool Herc's Block, The Bronx, NY.

Motown Museum, Hitsville USA, Detroit, MI.motownmuseum

Museum at Bethel Woods, Bethel, NY.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA.

Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN.princecover

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Cleveland, OH.rrhofdvd

Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ.

Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City, NY.







Hammered Dulcimers... An Introduction

30 minute concert, Q&A, and hands-on instruction

Wednesday, September 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Silver Strings Dulcimer Society members performed, shared information about a variety of dulcimers,
and provided 'hands on' instruction for audience members who wanted to learn to play.
Sponsored by Friends of the Library.


 silverstringsCD1A Silver Strings Music CD is available in the library collection at Folk-S,
containing traditional old-time string band music played on acoustic instruments
featuring the hammered dulcimer.  Click on image of CD to check availability.







music complexityChris Cooke, Complete Music Update, writes US Department of Justice to amend collective licensing consent decrees in the one way the publishers don't want, (6/30/2016).  U.S. Dept. of Justice Deals Crushing Blow to Songwriters, the opinion of Brittany Hodak, contributing writer, Forbes, (7/1/2016).  New York Times Media writer Ben Sisario writes How a Justice Department Ruling Could Affect your Favorite Musician, (8/4/2016).  Billboard's Ed Christman writes Dept. of Justice Makes a Dramatic Change for Music Licensing Official, (8/4/2016).  LA Times opinion writer believes Justice Department rocks music industry with ASCAP-BMI decision, (8/4/2016).  Wall Street Journal reporter Hannah Karp writes Music Publishers Decry Justice Department Licensing Decision, (8/4/2016).

While not modifying a 75-year-old consent degree governing performance rights, the June 30, 2016, ruling requires a shift from fractional licensing to full-works licensing over the next year.  Licensing organizations are poised to pursue relief in court.

For background information, please see Copyright and the Music Marketplace: A Report of the Register of Copyrights, 2nd printing May 2016 (original report dated February 2015).  Discussion includes impact of music streaming models, piracy, government regulations, stakeholders, challenges, consent decree, and more.



PFDClogoMonday, August 15, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Hometownlife O&E reports that there is a scheduled Plymouth Fife & Drum Corps open house & rehearsal outside Salem High School (behind the school in the bus loop).

The Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps consists of 40 to 50 students, ranging in ages 12 – 18, who gather from Plymouth and surrounding communities year round in preparation for their performance season. Its members are self-supporting and dedicated to preserving the ancient arts of color guard, fifing, and drumming through live performances at parades, historical and patriotic celebrations, concerts, cultural affairs, and other civic events.

For more information about the Corps, please see the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps Blog or Facebook Page.





Free Performances!

Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30PM | Grosse Pointe War Memorial

Free Admission
32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms
More information at

Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30PM | The Detroit Zoo

Free with Admission ($6 after 6:00 pm)
8450 West 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
More information at

Thursday, July 28 at 7:30PM | Grand Circus Park

Free Admission
Grand Circus Park (just west of the Detroit Opera House)
More information at


For information regarding performing artists and program selections, see Michigan Opera Theatre.


smokeyA rhythm and blues icon whose career has spanned more than 50 years, Robinson is considered the poet laureate of soul. His velvet falsetto and incomparable mastery of lyrical verse have created a tapestry of hits that have transcended generations and become a mainstay in American pop music. As a producer, record executive and visionary, Robinson helped lead a musical revolution called the Motown sound.  [See Library of Congress News Release for additional details.]

The prize honors the lifetime achievement of artists whose work exemplifies the standard of excellence associated with towering songwriters George and Ira Gershwin.  Robinson joins prior recipients Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, the songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Billy Joel, and Willie Nelson in receiving the honor. 

[Image from Fine Arts and Music Collection]

For additional information about Smokey Robinson, please see our Research Databases Biography in Context and/or Fine Arts & Music Collection.  Note: A Plymouth Library card is required to access these databases remotely.

Look for Smokey Robinson in our collections here.





 Sunday, July 17, 2016

mi jazzfest2013        

Schoolcraft College Campus

Noon - 9:00 p.m.

Six Stages

Free !

Click on image (left) for website & details.



Led Zeppelin Win in 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial

Jury determines "Stairway" did not copy Spirit's "Taurus"
after one day deliberation

Article by Kory Grow, 6/23/2016, for RollingStone


zeppelin stairway coverTrial background and summary provided in above mentioned article, as well as links to recorded versions of both songs.  You decide.

Check our catalog for availability of Led Zeppelin music.




Music   Henry Threadgill   In For a Penny, In for a Pound
 threadgill penny  

Recording released on May 26, 2015 by Zooid, a highly original work in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life.

See NPR Jazz Blog entry by Patrick Jarenwattananon, 4/20/2016, which includes sound link & interview with the artist.

    Check our catalog for CD availability.
Drama   Lin-Manuel Miranda   Hamilton
hamilton lmm  

A landmark American musical about the gifted and self-destructive founding father whose story becomes both contemporary and irresistible.

Learn Why 'Hamilton' Has Heat by reading Erik Piepenburg's 6/12/2016 NYT Theater article.

Check our catalog for CD availability.


For comprehensive information about Pulitzer Prizes,
please see the official website at


michphillogoKellogg Park, Saturday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Nan Washburn conducts the Michigan Philharmonic in a free, family-friendly concert.


The Michigan Philharmonic June 20 Press Release describes the upcoming concert as follows:
Beginning with a Patriotic Pops concert in beautiful downtown Plymouth, "An American Salute" will fill Kellogg Park with the sounds of Americana from the music of Broadway and Louis Armstrong to the rousing finale of the "1812 Overture".  The concert also features a tribute to our veterans with the "Armed Forces Salute" complete with the State of Michigan Honor Guard of the VFW.

For additional information about Michigan Phil Summer Events, click here.


What Pop Music rivalries reveal about the meaning of life.

New to the collection...

yourfavoritebandBeatles vs. StonesBiggie vs. TupacKanye vs. Taylor.  Which do you choose?  And what does that say about you?  Actually - what do these endlessly argued-about pop music rivalries say about us?

Music opinions bring out passionate debate in people.

In addition to those noted above, rivalries include: Oasis vs. Blur, Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam, Prince vs. Michael Jackson, White Stripes vs. Black Keys, Clapton vs. Hendrix, Sinead O'Connor vs. Miley Cyrus, Roger Waters vs. the Rest of Pink Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins vs. Pavement, Madonna / Lauper and Britney / Christina, Neil Young vs. Lynyrd Skynrd, and others.

Book written by Steven Hyden, 2016.  Published by Back Bay Books, an Imprint of Little, Brown and Company.

Shelf Location: Upper Level Nonfiction: 781.64 H




MusicInTheAir2016Enjoy free Friday evening concerts, late May through Labor Day (excluding July 8), at 7:00 p.m. in Kellogg Park.

For schedule and particulars, please see Downtown PLYMOUTH online.





From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music that Inspired It

New to the collection...

yoursongchangedmylifeFrom the beloved host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians.

A diverse collection of personal experiences, both ordinary and extraordinary, Your Song Changed My Life illustrates the ways in which music is revived, restored, and revolutionized.  It is also a testament to the power of music in our lives, and an inspiration for future artists and music lovers.

Is there an unforgettable song that changed your life?

Book written by Bob Boilen, 2016.

Published by William Morrow, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Shelf Location: Upper Level Nonfiction: 780.92 B







Sunday, April 10, at 3:00 p.m.dcd

Abha and Steven Dearing, aka The Dearing Concert Duo, will perform highlights from the repertoire for voice & classical guitar, flute & classical guitar, and solo guitar of Spain & Latin America. 

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.





gilmorefest2016Presented biennially over three weeks in April and May, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is internationally recognized as America’s largest and most prestigious piano music festival.  Twenty-five years after the first Festival, in 2016 more than 100 events will showcase some of the most notable and accomplished pianists and keyboard musicians in the world along with artists just emerging on the international stage.  The Festival will be held April 26 through May 14, 2016.  It’s unique setting throughout West Michigan is a major contributor to its success.  From classical to jazz in presentations from solo recital to musical theater, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival continually achieves acclaim for presenting music of the highest artistic caliber.

Additional information is available at







bar none titlephoto comboSunday, March 13, at 3:00 p.m.

Al Carmichael, Janel deVries and Robert Bruce - acoustic trio Bar None - play guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass & keyboard, and take turns singing lead and backing each other with vocal harmonies.  Musical selections are from a song list that runs from Marshall Tucker to U2 to The Doobie Brothers to Alison Krauss.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library. 






Hollywood Reporter provides a quick review of musical performances via commentary and 30-second video clips.

Visit, official site of the Grammy's, for a full list of nominees, winners, selected video and commentary, as well as Grammy history.

grammy nom 2016Borrow the 2016 Grammy Nominees CD from the library music collection.  Check the library catalog for availability.

Visit for playable album track samples.






musicnotesbluebarSunday, February 14, at 3:00 p.m.

Mr. Alvin B. Waddles - on keyboard and accompanied by his own rich baritone voice - pays tribute to the late, great King of Harlem Stride Pianists, Thomas 'Fats' Waller.  Enjoy favorites such as Honeysuckle Rose, Ain't Misbehavin', Feets Too Big and Handful of Keys, all performed with a wit and panache reminiscent of the legendary entertainer.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

For some background information about Mr. Waddles, and for a sampling of his musicianship, click here to play the WDCB Live-streamed interview from PianoForte Studios recorded in January 2016.  Note: Handful of Keys is performed at the 24-minute mark.






From the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance...

Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

Join us for a live webcast of the Jazz Day concert featuring Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation faculty and students, including Andrew Bishop, Sean Dobbins, Benny Green, Robert Hurst, Greg Simon, Miles Okazaki, Ellen Rowe, and Dennis Wilson.


singingCiting recent research, this Berkeley Wellness article suggests singing leads to improved breathing for asthma or COPD patients, improved sociability & mood in dementia patients, and generally reduced stress levels and improved self-esteem.




NLS is the National Library Service for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, a division of The Library of Congress.  The NLS motto is That All May Read...

NLS Music Notes is a blog for and about those who want, need or provide the special format music of braille, audio, and large print offered by the NLS Music Section. We will showcase this collection, which covers both classical and popular music, with posts of new titles added, along with interviews of and articles about blind and low vision musicians, music braille transcribers, as well as features about current music events and activities.

Posted to the NLS Music Notes Blog 1/28/2016 by Katie Rodda...

Rock n’ Roll Radio

With the recent passing of musician David Bowie, his hits and wide-ranging career have been brought to the center of our minds once again. His ever-changing persona and music have made him a rock and pop icon, from “Life on Mars” to his latest single, “Lazarus.”

Many years before David Bowie was on our radio, the “king” of rock n’ roll, Elvis Presley, was hitting the top of the charts. Exactly sixty years ago today (January 28, 1956), he made his national television debut on the Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show, where he performed “Shake, Rattle, n’ Roll” and “I’ve Got a Woman.”

Although at first it may seem that these two artists don’t have much in common outside of their connection to rock n’ roll, they have a curious and entwined relationship.

Read the rest of the article to learn about the connection between Bowie and Presley and to find out about the variety of materials available to Blind & Visually Handicapped individuals through the NLS.

For materials related to these musicians in the Plymouth District Library, please search our catalog.


Movement 2016 Phase 1 Announce Final 5

See Festival Website for additional information.


MarkMariaGreat American Songbook

Saturday, January 9, at 3:00 festival logo

Enjoy a lively and entertaining revue of classic songs written by America's greatest 20th century songwriters performed by Maria Cimarelli (soprano), Mark Vondrak (baritone) and keyboard accompanist Amanda Sabelhaus.  This musical stroll down memory lane is selected from the songbooks of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Harry Warren, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Lerner & Lowe, and others, in a Michigan Opera Theatre Community production.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

We are proud to join our neighbors in celebrating Plymouth's premiere event, the Ice Festival.

Drop-in, warm-up, and enjoy the music!


The Stories Behind Every Track Written by the Fab Four

New to the collection...

beatles complete songsThis is the definitive analysis of all the songs written by the Beatles.  It includes the full lyrics and details how, why and where these globally renowned recordings were conceived and created.

Book written by Steve Turner, 2015.

Shelf Location: Upper Level Nonfiction: 782.42166 B


In other Beatles news...

Beatles Catalog Goes on Streaming Services

See the NYT Article by Joe Coscarelli dated 12/23/2015.





The Year in:


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces 2016 Inductees.

Check holdings for Music CDs in our collection by artists.  Additional selections expected in January.


Cheap Trick   cheaptrick1   cheaptrick2  
Chicago        chicagobestof        chicagolive75  
Deep Purple     deeppurplebest    deeppurplejapan  
N.W.A.    straightoutta      

Steve Miller

   stevemillerbandgh    stevemillerbandlethairdown  


Madcat photo 2Peter ‘Madcat’ Ruth
Sunday, December 13, at 3 p.m.

Madcat is a champion of the long-standing tradition of the one-man band.  He sings and plays harmonica, guitar, high-hat, ukulele, jaw harp, banjo, kalimba and penny-whistle.  From his eclectic repertoire of songs, Blues and American Roots Music predominate, with elements of Jazz and World Music in the mix.  Madcat is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player based in Ann Arbor.  In addition to his popular solo performances, he tours with The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey, Chris Brubeck's Triple Play, and The Big Joe Manfra Blues Band.

Madcat's Harmonicology  is in the Blues Music CD collection.  Click on image to check catalog.
    madcats harmonicology



MarkMariaThe Great American Songbook

Saturday, January 9, at 3 p.m.

Enjoy a lively and entertaining revue of classic songs written by America’s greatest 20th century songwriters performed by Maria Cimarelli (soprano), Mark Vondrak (baritone) and keyboard accompanist Amanda Sabelhaus.  This musical stroll down memory lane is selected from the songbooks of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Harry Warren, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Lerner & Lowe, and others, in a Michigan Opera Theatre Community production.  Take a break from the Ice Festival.  Drop-in and warm up.


alvin waddlesFats Waller Review with Alvin B. Waddles

Sunday, February 14, at 3 p.m.

This tribute to the late, great ‘King of Harlem Stride Pianists’ features Mr. Waddles’ signature pianism and rich baritone voice and draws from over 50 songs written and/or recorded by Fats Waller.  Enjoy favorites such as Honeysuckle Rose, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Feets Too Big and Handful of Keys, all performed with a wit and panache reminiscent of the legendary entertainer.  Sign-up online.


Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Plymouth District Library.


veteransdayposter2015 lowres   

Patriotic Melodies...

from the Library of Congress Performing Arts Collection...

Patriotic Melodies tells the stories behind many of the songs that have now become part of the American national heritage. A combination of hymns, national songs, music of the theater, radio and television, military themes, and poetry, all of this music demonstrates that while over history many things have changed, this expression of pride and hope remain a constant part of the American experience. 

Each song title in the Patriotic Melodies list links to a resource page for that song, including history, sheet music, audio recordings, images, and related web sites.

Click on Patriotic Melodies to link to song list.

Click on poster, above, to link to US Department of Veterans Affairs History of Veterans Day.    


Music can literally work wonders for people with Parkinson's, dementia, or strokes.  A leading music therapist talks about how caregivers can make the best use of it.

By Camille Peri, features editor, posted 5 Nov 2015.

Talking with Concetta Tomaino...

Some items mentioned in the above linked interview and available in our collection (click on image below to link to catalog):

musicophilia       reggae       ec535trumpet2  

A book by Oliver Sacks


Reggae Music
Adult Music Collection

  When the Saints Go Marching In... by Various Artists  


behindthetimes2Rhapsody: Music at the Library

Sunday, November 8, at 3:00 p.m.

Behind The Times is an acoustic strings trio known for distinctive arrangements, vocal harmony, and blended influences from bluegrass, country, jazz, and pop music.  Comprised of Rachel Pearson, Ben Luttermoser and Benjamin Teague, the trio creates original music reflecting their eclectic roots backgrounds.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

behindthetimes cd

Check out their music cd from our collection (click on disc cover below to check availability, or to place a hold).  Music samples are available on their web page.