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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.  Sign-up online.

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.  Sign-up online.

 

 

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 FoundationSign-up online.

 

 

 

 


 

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.

Click on Book image to link to catalog.

 

 


 

 

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Nominees:

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.  Sign-up online.

 

 


 

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.

 1 

Doris Day

Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)

 2 

Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon  

Why Do Fools Fall in Love

 3

Teresa Brewer

Sweet Old-Fashioned Girl

 4

Tony Martin

Walk Hand in Hand

 5

Mel Torme

Mountain Greenery

 6

Billl Haley and His Coments

Rockin' Through the Rye

 7

Elvis Presley

Heartbreak Hotel

 8

Pat Boone

I'll Be Home

 9

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...

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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.

Click on Book image to link to catalog.

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.

SEE Our LIBRARY CATALOG for:

Joni Mitchell Music CD's HERE

and for Woodstock materials here.

For additional information, please see jonimitchell.com.


 

Rolling Stone remembers Glen Campbell.

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"Glen Campbell performs At The 2012 CMA Music Festival In Nashville." UPI Photo Collection, 2012. Fine Arts and Music Collection, go.galegroup.com. 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 techboomers.com.

 


 

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 Vulture.com.

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

 

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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).

 

 

 


 

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

 

 

 


 

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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.

 

 

 


 

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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, hometownlife.com, 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.

 


 

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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. 

 


 

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Historical information about the song is available at scotland.org, 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.
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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.

 

 


 

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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.

 


 

 

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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:  NobelPrize.org, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Official Bob Dylan Site, Rolling Stone articles, AllMusic.com

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.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Soundbreaking

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

See The Golden Record at Nasa.gov 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 vote.rockhall.com, 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.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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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.

 


 

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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.

 

 

 

 


 

 

hdulcimer
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.

 


 

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Free Performances!

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

Free Admission
32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms
313.881.7511
More information at warmemorial.org/summerfest


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

Free with Admission ($6 after 6:00 pm)
8450 West 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
248.541.5717
More information at detroitzoo.org/events/zoo-events/wild-summer-nights


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

Free Admission
Grand Circus Park (just west of the Detroit Opera House)
More information at campusmartiuspark.org/events

 

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 pulitzer.org.


 

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

 

 

 

 


 

musicnotesbluebar

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 thegilmore.org.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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 Grammy.com, 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 AllMusic.com 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 p.m.ice 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.


 

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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, Caring.com 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  

Musicophilia
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.

 

 

 


 

michphil frightnightMichigan Philharmonic Phright Night Concert Performance, Saturday, October 24, 2015, 7:30 pm, at The Garage at Steppingstone School in Farmington Hills.  See Michigan Phil website for concert details and ticket information.  Note: Ticket Special... Buy one, get one free, offer runs from Thu Oct 22 at 1pm to Fri Oct 23 at Noon.

 

 


 

san emily jacobSan, Emily and Jacob

Sunday, October 11, 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.

 innocent when you dream

Their CD, Innocent When You Dream (which includes several songs performed live at the above concert), is now available for borrowing from our collection. 
Click on album cover to check sta
tus.

 

 

 


 

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with Music Director Leonard Slatkin, has scheduled four free community concerts: 9/24 in Taylor, 9/25 in Detroit, 9/26 in Warren, 9/27 in Ann Arbor.  Tickets are required.  For more information see the DSO press release.


 

WHY YOU SHOULD ENTER ISC:  Whether you’re an aspiring songwriter or an established one, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is known to be one of the most high-caliber competitions the music industry has to offer.  For over 14 years, ISC has nurtured the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promoted excellence in the art of songwriting.  ISC offers the opportunity to have your songs heard by some of the most influential decision-makers in the industry.  [Billboard.com e-mail received 26 August 2015]

Entry Deadline: September 10, 2015

What is ISC?     Rules.     FAQ.  


 

privacyIn light of the uproar over Spotify's updated privacy policy, Brian Barrett of Wired.com includes an overview of contacts, media, location, and third party access criteria for several popular music apps in his article Spotify Clears Up Its Controversial Privacy Policy.

 

 


 

How to succeed with the new digital technologies

Written by Steve Gordon

4th edition, New to the collection...

future music busnNew technologies have revolutionized the music business.  While these technologies have wreaked havoc on traditional business models, they've also provided new opportunities for music business entrepreneurs, as well as new challenges for recording artists, songwriters, producers, record labels, and music publishers.  Providing a valuable roadmap for success in today's music business, author and entertainment attorney
Steve Gordon explains legal fundamentals, including the application of copyright law to the music business; basic forms of agreement, such as recording, songwriting, and management contracts; and the rules pertaining to digital streaming, downloading, and Internet radio.  The Future of the Music Business also reveals exactly how much money is generated by each of these models and details how that money flows to the principal stakeholders: artists, record labels, songwriters, and music publishers.  Hal Leonard Books, 2015.

Check library catalog for availability by clicking on cover image.

Note: This book is continually updated at www.futureofthemusicbusiness.com.

 


 

"Sixty years ago tonight [Aug 7, 1955], what's thought to be the first performance of a rock 'n' roll song on national television helped kick off the rock era."  [NYT Now: Your Friday Briefing... Back Story]

See the Official Ed Sullivan Site for a biography and partial video performance.

See a September 1956 This Day in Music Spotlight for an article covering activities surrounding the new genre of music.

Relevant items in our collection (click on image to check catalog):

Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years

CD Music Collection: Rock R
  rockrollfirst50
American Graffiti

CD Music Collection: Soundtracks A
  amergraf
The Rollicking Piano Bar Songbook

Upper Level Non-Fiction: 784.5 R
  rollickingpianobar

 

10 Must-Visit U.S. Museums for Music Lovers are called out by Fodor's Travel.  Click on the article link to read synopses and view image of each selected museum.  Or, click a link below to go directly to your chosen museum's web site for information.

Hitsville USAMusical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  See also the book The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: the first 25 years.

EMP Museum in Seattle.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis.  See also the book Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion, by Robert Gordon.

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville.  See also the book The Encyclopedia of Country Music.

American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham.

Motown Museum in Detroit.

GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.  See also Grammy Nominee CDs in our Adult Music Collection.

National Music Museum in Vermillon (South Dakota).


 

"Friday July 10, 2015 will mark the beginning of a new era in record distribution when it becomes the first ever globally aligned release day for new music."

Link to the Billboard.com article for details.


 

grateful dead c1960NYT ArtsBeat reporter Joe Coscarelli posted July 6, 2015:  There were tears among the tie-dyed and enough hugs to recall Haight-Ashbury at its most loving as the surviving members of the Grateful Dead played their fifth and final "Fare Thee Well" concert on Sunday night at Soldier Field, having vowed it would be their last as a group.  The Coscarelli article is available here.

For information regarding the 1994 induction of The Grateful Dead into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, click here.

Click here for a list of Grateful Dead Music CD's in our collection.  For books, click on image below to check catalog.

       So Many Roads:
The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead
by David Browne.
 
somanyroads gd 
    The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics: the collected lyrics of Robert Hunter and John Barlow, lyrics to all original songs, with selected traditional and cover songs, compiled by Robert Hunter.    annotated gratefuldead
    Grateful Dead and the Art of Rock Improvisation
by David Malvinni.
   gratefuldead andtheart
    No Simple Highway:
A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead
by Peter Richardson.
   nosimplehighway grdead

 

michphillogoKellogg Park, Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m.

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

 

The Michigan Philharmonic June 10 Press Release describes the upcoming concert as follows:
The musical line will take you back to the days of bell-bottoms and daisies as you tap your foot to favorites by The Temptations, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, just to name a few!  There will be music for the sophisticated Motown enthusiasts, the peace-loving, fringe wearing hippies, and rock and roll fans of all ages. Bring your disco dancing shoes and get ready to dance the night away!

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

UPDATE:  Motown, Mamma Mia & More! performance scheduled for Saturday, July 11, at 7:30p, at Maple Beach, Kensington Metropark.


 

Review Fodor's Selection of the World's Best Summer Music Festivals.

 

canton libertyfestCanton's 3-day Liberty Fest features an International Festival on Saturday, June 20, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Heritage Park Amphitheater.  Performers currently scheduled:  New Century Chinese School; Sunshine Children's Choir; Sadhana Dance Theater; Senior Chinese American Golden Years Troupe; Spring Group; New Hope Baptist Church of Wayne's Steppers, Mimes, and Praise Dancers; Polish Centennial Dancers; Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan; Hoaloha Polynesian Dancers; Dance the Life Mantra Academy; Sitar students of Manjula Verma, Charvik Vaishnav, Naveen Jackson & Anuj Patel; Greater Detroit Chinese Dance & Ballet; Joyas de Mexico Ballet; Canton-Plymouth Chinese Learaning Center; Cherry Blossoms & Little Chinese Angels dance groups; Indian Folk Dance students of Parul Shah; and Yangtzee Melody Group.

 

mi jazzfest2013Note: Michigan Jazz Festival 2015 is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, Noon to 9:00 p.m. at Schoolcraft College.  See Event Schedule.  Free.

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.

 


 

NPR Music considers "how streaming music services are reshaping the way we find, hear and experience music" in a series of online articles.

June 1, 2015: Overview: How Streaming is Changing Music, by Jacob Ganz.

June 1, 2015: Streaming Utopia: Imagining Digital Music's Perfect World, by Marc Hogan.

June 2, 2015: Would You Like to Hear a Song, Dave?, by Jillian Mapes.


 

Check the links for detailed information regarding upcoming concerts.  For combined Plymouth Summer Events Calendar, click here.

 

musical staff elab

Plymouth Community Band Concerts (begin May 28)

 

Friday Night Music in the Air Concerts (begin May 29)

 

Music in the Park Children's Concerts (begin June 17)

 

Jazz in the Park Concerts (begin July 5)

 


 

Friday, May 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Detroit Public Library

The Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) will host our second annual conference on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Detroit Public Library dedicated to Michigan and Detroit’s musical heritage. The question our presenters will explore is how has Michigan generally, and Detroit in particular, been a leader in the creation of the global modern soundscape?

Click on the link, above, for a list of topics, times and panelists.


 

michphillogoWRCJ 90.9 FM, Saturday, May 9, at 5:00 p.m.

Recorded on March 1, Music Director Nan Washburn leads the orchestra in Camille Saint-Saens' spectacular Symphony # 3 "Organ Symphony."   Chris Felcyn hosts.  (Repeated Sunday, 5/10, at Noon).
 

ijd2015International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.

Among other world-wide events in celebration of International Jazz Day 2015, an All-Star Global Concert will be Webcast Live from Paris, April 30, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. Paris-time, 1:00 p.m. New York, 2:00 a.m. Tokyo (May 1).

For more information, please see JazzDay.com.

Link here for the 1:00 p.m. New York-time concert.

 

 

 

 


 

vinyl album

April 18, 2015

This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.  ~ Record Store Day Web Site

Click here for a list of participating stores near Plymouth.

From USA Today: 10 Albums to spin on Record Store Day


 

The New Decade Series
Piano - Vocal - Guitar

From Hal Leonard

New to the collection...

songs 2000sSheet music for popular songs of the 2000's, written for piano and guitar, with lyrics.

Song Titles:  Bad Day -- Beautiful -- Beautiful Day -- Because Of You -- Before He Cheats -- Boulevard Of Broken Dreams -- Breakaway -- Breathe -- Bubbly -- Bye Bye Bye -- Can't Get You Out Of My Head -- Chasing Cars -- Chasing Pavements -- The Climb -- Clocks -- Complicated -- Dani California -- Don't Know Why -- Drift Away -- Drive -- Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) -- Fallen -- Fallin' -- Fireflies -- Forever And For Always -- The Game Of Love -- Heaven -- Here Without You -- Hero -- Hey There Delilah -- Home -- How To Save A Life -- I Gotta Feeling -- I Kissed A Girl -- I Knew I Loved You -- I'm Yours -- If You're Gone -- It's My Life -- Just Dance -- Lips Of An Angel -- Listen To Your Heart -- Love Song -- Love Story -- Mercy -- My Immortal -- No One -- 100 Years -- One Thing -- 1,2,3,4 -- Only Time -- Photograph -- Poker Face -- The Reason -- Rehab -- She Will Be Loved -- Stacy's Mom -- Thank You -- This Love -- A Thousand Miles -- Umbrella -- Underneath Your Clothes -- Unwritten -- Viva La Vida -- Waiting On The World To Change -- The Way You Move -- White Flag -- Who Knew -- With Arms Wide Open -- You Raise Me Up -- You're Beautiful.

With the addition of Songs of the 2000s, our sheet music collection reflects songs from the 1890's forward.  We have family songbooks, show tunes, guitar tab, love songs, jazz, blues, and so on.  Check the shelves, Upper Level Non-Fiction, starting at 784.5.  Click on book image above to access catalog record.


 

redrocksFor Fodor's Newsletter, Annie Bruce (23 March 2015) lists Ten Best U.S. Outdoor Music Venues, where the atmosphere, landscape and architecture enhance the concert experience.  Included in the list are perhaps the more well-known venues such as the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, in addition to less familiar venues such as the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, and the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City.

 


 

bagpiperA Wee Bit o' Scotland

Sunday, March 15, at 3:00 p.m.

Professional bagpiper Kim Johnson's Scottish presentation features Great Highland Bagpipes traditions including musical performance, history behind the songs, folklore, attire, and dance instruction. 

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

 


 

100 Years of Music That Changed the World

Written by Mike Evans

New to the collection...

blues visualhistoryCharting the history of the blues from its rural roots in the American South, and focusing on the key musicians and singers who brought it recognition worldwide, The Blues: A Visual History is a unique and fully illustrated account of the development of the blues.  [Sterling, Publisher]

In this lavishly illustrated book that is part fan's notes and part music history, music historian Evans digs deep to reveal the taproot of the blues in the music of W.C. Handy, the so-called father of the blues and its many branches, from classic blues, country blues, and big city blues to rhythm and blues, the blues revival, blues rock, and the blues today.  [PW Reviews 2014]

Check library catalog for availability by clicking on cover image.

 


 

musicnotesbluebarFootsteps to Freedom

Sunday, February 15, at 3:00 p.m.

Footsteps to Freedom chronicles the African-American experience through music, words and dance, treating audiences to an entertaining, enlightening, and inspiring historical journey.  Performances by singer Betty Lane, singer/actor Madelyn Porter, and keyboardist Alvin Waddles.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Betty Lane:  Soprano Betty Lane is a native Detroiter who has the distinction of being the first American to win Le Premier Grand Prix in Le Concours International de Chant in Toulouse, France.  She has appeared in a wide variety of performance venues including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, Orchestre de Toulouse, St. Cecelia Chorus and Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, American Symphony, Frankfurt Opera, Victoria Symphony Canada, Toulouse Opera and many others.  Ms. Lane can be heard in the role of Clara on the Grammy award winning RCA Victor original cast recording of Houston Grand Opera's Broadway revival of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.  A graduate of Julliard, Spelman College and Detroit's Central High School, she has also earned certificates in voice from the Academia Chigiana in Italy and the Ravel Accademie in France.  As a singing voice specialist and active member of the Voice Foundation, she is an independent voice consultant for Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital Medical Center for the Performing Artist.

Madelyn Porter:  Actress, comedian, and singer, Madelyn Porter has worked in professional theater for over thirty years.  She is currently drama coach for Hamtramck High School and a member of the drama faculty for the Marygrove College Continuing Education Program in Detroit.  She is a frequent performer at The Henry Ford Greenfield Village summer theater productions and regularly presents an ongoing variety of her one-woman shows at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Public Library and other venues.  She has toured with the Michigan Opera Theatre Touring Company since 2005.  Ms. Porter can be seen and heard as the narrator for the Michigan premiere of Donald McCullough's "Let My People Go: A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad" - which originally premiered in 2003 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and as part of the inauguration of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Alvin B. Waddles:  A native of Detroit, pianist, singer, composer and director Alvin Waddles began studying piano at a young age, and later studied at Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan School of Music.  He has worked in the Fine Arts Departments of the Detroit and Ann Arbor Public School systems.  Since 1994, he has served as Director of Music for Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Michigan.  In addition to regular appearances at local venues and events such as the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, the Detroit Festival of the Arts, the Michigan Jazz Festival and the Detroit International Jazz Festival, he has traveled across the country and abroad both as a solo artist and as musical director for Cook, Dixon and Young, formerly of the Three Mo' Tenors.  He is the featured piano soloist in annual productions of "Too Hot to Handel" in Detroit and Chicago, and can frequently be heard performing his own Fats Waller Revue.

Footsteps to Freedom is a Michigan Opera Theatre Community Program.


 

Album of the Year Nominees

(Click on Album Cover to check availability)

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Song of the Year Nominees

grammy2015nomAll About That Bass, by Kevin Kadish, Meghan Trainor

Chandelier, by Sia Furler, Jesse Shatkin

Shake It Off, by Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift

Stay With Me (DarkChild Version), by James Napier, William Phillips, Sam Smith

Take Me To Church, by Andrew Hozier-Byrne

 

 

For information on the February 8, 2015, evening telecast, please see the official website of the 57th GRAMMY's.

ice festival logoCynthiaKaayBennett by RichardsonSaturday, January 10, at 3:00 p.m.

Cynthia Kaay Bennett charms and entertains audiences with a unique sound comprised of her jazz standards past and the Nashville influence of country and blues music, accompanied by Kevin Korecki on keyboard and Will Kinsey on drums.

 

NOTE:  There is a $5 FEE TO PARK during the Plymouth Ice Festival in the Central Parking Deck, the East Central Parking Lot (library) and many private lots downtown.  The Kiwanis Club will collect $5 to park: Friday 4-10pm; Saturday 10am–8pm; Sunday 10am-2pm.  Funds are collected to support community projects.  Library patrons parking in the Library lot will be required to pay for parking during Ice Festival hours.

 

 

Writtenhistory music 50 instru by Philip Wilkinson

New to the collection...

... profiling the instruments that have joined the orchestra from the Baroque era of the 1600s up to the modern age.  The origin and development of each instrument is described, while annotated photographs bring their workings to life.  The instrument-makers who made them, the famous composers who wrote for them and the virtuoso musicians who have played them are all represented.  [Firefly, Publisher]

Check library catalog for availability by clicking on cover image.

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Great Lakes Maritime History

Sunday, December 14, at 3:00 p.m.

Noted 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.  Taking snapshots from history, he summons the listener to look through the eyes and into the hearts of individuals who have shaped our heritage on and around the Great Lakes.

His Christmas Ship Concert (presented annually for over 20 years) combines music and stories of the Inland Seas with holiday songs for the start of the season.  Journey to the port of Chicago in the early 1900s, imagine the brick, stone, and wood buildings that rose three or four stories, lining the Chicago River in the bustling port.  In November, as the weather became more unpredictable, shipping on Lake Michigan would begin to slow, making the arrival of the Christmas tree ship even more momentous.  Chicago residents would scurry down to the dock, the scent of fresh-cut Michigan pine thick in the air as they picked out their Christmas trees.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

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Blue Note: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz

New to the collection...

Purveyor of extraordinary jazz music and an arbiter of cool, Blue Note is the definitive jazz label--signing the best artists, pioneering the best recording techniques, and lead cover design trends with punchy, iconic artwork and typography that shaped the way we see the music itself.  The roster of greats who cut indelible sides for the label include Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Ornette Coleman, Jimmy Smith, Norah Jones, and many more.  Published for Blue Note's seventy-fifth anniversary, this landmark volume is the first official illustrated story of the label, from 1939 roots through its celebrated releases in the fifties and sixties to its renaissance today.  Featuring classic album artwork, unseen contact sheets, rare ephemera from the Blue Note Archives, commentary from some of the biggest names in jazz today, and feature reviews of seventy-five key albums, this is the definitive book on the legendary label.  [Chronicle Books, Publisher]

Check library catalog for availability by clicking on cover image.

albumBen Sisario, November 19, 2014, New York Times, reports that Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan will begin incorporating streams and downloads into music charts.

See Article.

For information about Nielsen Music Sales Measurement, click here.

For information about Billboard charts data collection, click here.

aratopouzianSunday, November 9, at 3:00 p.m.

Ara Topouzian's proficiency on the kanun (traditional Middle Eastern lap harp) has made him a nationally recognized artist.  He will perform Armenian & Middle Eastern music accompanied by Jerry Gerjekian on dumbegs.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.