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"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
American Graffiti

CD Music Collection: Soundtracks A
The Rollicking Piano Bar Songbook

Upper Level Non-Fiction: 784.5 R


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 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.
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    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.
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    No Simple Highway:
A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead
by Peter Richardson.
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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.


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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

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






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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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In the Lonely Hour
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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.

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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.

Articles via USA Today Mobile App...

10 Best Bands in College Football, by Alan Siegel, October 20, 2014.
[Whether you're cheering for UM or MSU ...  must watch the OSU video!]

Also, The 10 Best Fight Songs in College Football, by Alan Siegel, September 1, 2014.

23solopianoNew to our collection is this Great Courses DVD presentation by Professor Robert Greenberg.

Join a master composer and musicologist in discovering these great works of art, which make the solo piano tradition one of the superlative, enduring riches of our culture.

Lectures cover Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Chopin Preludes, Iberia by Albeniz, works by Copland, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Liszt, Debussy and others.

Check our catalog for availability by clicking on the cover image.

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The Paul VornHagen Trio

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

With Paul VornHagen on saxophone, flute and vocals, Gary Schunk on keyboard and Kurt Krahnke on bass, enjoy the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and others, in this performance of jazz standards.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library. posted their choices for "best" musical performances by Jimmy Fallon with Tonight Show guests.  Click here for the link to video clips featuring Fallon with Streisand, Hathaway, Menzel, Stone and "Young".

To sample music from our collection featuring the above guests, click on cover image to check location and availability.

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Michigan Opera Theatre Fall 2014 Season Preview *

September 30, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy tales, insights, and recorded excerpts from Richard Strauss's Elektra and Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly, and gain a better understanding and appreciation for both works in advance of Michigan Opera Theatre upcoming peformances.


The Music & Films of Star Wars (original trilogy)

October 11, Saturday, 11:00 a.m.

Music Professor Karl Schmidt shares how John Williams’ music is an integral part of the Lucas films (as part of our Star Wars Reads Day Celebration).  With film clips and musical samples.


Rhapsody: American Songbook of Jazz *

October 12, Sunday, 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy jazz standards performed by the Paul VornHagen Trio (Paul on saxophone, flute & vocals, accompanied by keyboardist and bassist).


Rhapsody: Ara Topouzian & Music of the Middle East *

November 9, Sunday, 3:00 p.m.

Topouzian’s traditional musical style keeps to his Armenian heritage but has expanded to include music from around the Middle East, as well as jazz, fusion, new age & blues.  He is nationally recognized for his artistry on the kanun (Middle Eastern lap harp).


* Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Why are so many lullabies also murder ballads? as discussed by Jenny Marder, August 13, 2014, for PBS Newshour, here.

CNET Staff Writer Nick Statt reflects on music collections and collecting in the digital age in this Commentary from September 14, 2014.

beethoven anguishNew to our print collection is this Beethoven biography by Jan Swafford.

USA Today writes:  But the stately rhythm, carefully etched detailing and oceanic sweep of this ambitious book mirror the complexity and richness of Beethoven's revolutionary Romanticism.

Publisher's Weekly Review writes:  In this brilliant, exhaustive story, biographer and music historian Swafford (Johannes Brahms) brings new life to Beethoven, animating the composer's immersion in music and his tenacious grip on his ideas related to music's ability to deepen the world's beauty, tragedy, and comedy.

Kirkus Review writes:  A thorough, affectionate and unblinking account of the life of the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).

Check our catalog for availability by clicking on the book cover image.

For compositions by Beethoven in our Adult Music CD Collection, click here.

... a purely melodic electronic instrument typically played by thereminmoving the hands in the electromagnetic fields surrounding two projecting antennae... [Merriam-Webster]

Click here for a list of 14 films from two eras of theremin music as described by Tasha Robinson in a 2006 post to the A.V. Club.

Learn how a theremin works in this post by Gerlinda Grimes to How Stuff Works, including photographs and background history.

View the YouTube video of inventor Leon Theremin playing the instrument.

Listen to Pamelia Kurstin's TED Talk: The Untouchable Music of the Theremin.

now classic rock"Why Classic Rock Isn't What It Used To Be" an analysis by Walt Hickey, posted to July 7, 2014.

Discussion includes the nature of the genre, radio station playlists, timelines and regional preference.

mi jazzfest2013Michigan Jazz Festival returns to Schoolcraft College, Sunday, July 20, Noon to 9:15 p.m.  No admission charge.  Thirty performances across six stages.  See Event Schedule.

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.


Speaking of Jazz... There was a study released February 19, 2014, from Johns Hopkins Medicine regarding The Musical Brain: Novel Study of Jazz Players Shows Common Brain Circuitry Processes Both Music and Language.

piano blueAs reported by NPR columnist P. Jarenwattananon on April 24, 2014, there is a video posted on YouTube featuring Kris Bowers in an eleven minute overview of the history of jazz piano.

gentlemans guideA Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder wins Tony Award for Best Musical!

For a list of previous year's winners and links to library catalog, see Music List Tony Award Winners - Best Musical.





Free Summer Concerts:

An American Salute
    Friday, June 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
    Hudson Mills Metropark -  Dexter
    Saturday, June 28, 2014, 7:30 pm
    Kellogg Park - Downtown Plymouth
Beatles Blast!
    Saturday, July 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
    Kensington Metropark, Milford
    Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 7:00 pm
    Campus Martius - Detroit
Click on Michigan Philharmonic logo, above, for website and additional information.


Music in the Air Concert Series returns to Kellogg Park May 23.  Visit the Downtown Plymouth website for dates, times, artists and YouTube clips.

filmmusicposticonJoin us at the Library for this four-part summer series directed to film-going, music-loving history buffs.  Presentations include music and video excerpts from films such as The Jazz Singer (1927), Gone With the Wind (1939), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), High Noon (1952), and many others, as well as a study of political and social changes that influenced all forms of art, including films.

All sessions are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

June 18
Part I: The Sound of Movies
How film music began, and how music is used in films.

July 9
Part II: Hollywood's Golden Age
The film score hits it's stride as it accompanies some of tinsel town's classic films.

July 30
Part III: The Film Score Grows Up
After World War II, films and film music become darker and more realistic.

August 20
Part IV: The Classical Film Score, Lost and Found
Big changes in films and scores in the 50's, but it all comes back again in the 70's.

Our guest speaker is Karl Schmidt, Professor of Music at both Hillsdale College and Concordia University Ann Arbor, where he teaches voice and music history.  As a vocalist, he has performed with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Toledo Opera, and Arbor Opera Theatre, among other companies.  He has also performed as a soloist with local Symphonies, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  In the realm of musical theatre, he has been performer, conductor and director.

Thank you to the Michigan Opera Theatre’s Department of Community Programs and to Friends of the Plymouth District Library.

Contact Marjorie by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 734.453.0750, ext. 205, if you would like a list of films watched and/or discussed during this series.

notespapercolorMonday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m., at the Plymouth District Library

From Ancient Egypt to present-day Detroit, discover the art of music through the eyes of artists as presented by a member of the Detroit Institute of Arts Speakers Bureau.  DIA Art Talks are sponsored by Friends of the LibrarySign-up is requested by phone at 734.453.0750, ext. 4, or online.

Billboard and Twitter Partner to Create Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts, per a March 27, 2014, Article from

mainstr operaSunday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a Main Street Opera Theatre live performance of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.  This performance is appropriate for children ages 6 and older and their adult companions, and for anyone who enjoys musical theatre.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

mot awning interiorTuesday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker Karen DiChiera presents background information on Giacomo Puccini's Turandot (a rollicking opera about a princess with many suitors) and William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge (adapted from the Arthur Miller play about love, revenge and Italian-American immigrant life in the 1950's).

Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Discounted Tickets:  Coupons are available at the library for up to $25 off full price ticket for "A View From the Bridge" performances, April 9 through April 13, at the Detroit Opera House.  Stop by the Librarian's desk on the Main Level of the Library...

checkeredflagClick here to see which song your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup driver selected for the Spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

m ball boogieRagtime, Blues and Boogie-Woogie pianist Matthew Ball returned to the library Sunday, March 16, at 3:00 p.m., to present his fun, toe-tapping American Roots program for all ages.  The song list included Right Side Blues, Swanee River Boogie, The Entertainer, Willie Fugal's Blues, Cow Cow Blues, Tippa-tippa-tina and Bumble Boogie.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

verve bkcoverVerve signed practically every major jazz artist of the 1950s and 1960s and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded.  Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, and Ella Fitzgerald all released records through Verve.  This superb new volume presents some of the rarest records and unseen ephemera from the label that helped define the world of jazz.  Hundreds of the best examples of iconic seven-inch, ten-inch, and twelve-inch records appear, along with publicity reports, news clippings, ledger books, telegrams, and contracts.  The ultimate music guide, the book includes features on key artists as well as infographics and timelines that reveal the connections between leading artists and Verve.  Looking beyond the music scene, the book discusses segregation in America, the missions to take jazz to Europe and the world, the clubs, the places, and the people who made jazz vital.  Commentary from the biggest names in jazz today, including some of Verve's own artists, complements the text.

Check our catalog for the book:  Verve: The Sound of America, by Richard Havers.

Check our catalog for the 5-CD Music Set:  The Sound of America Singles Collection

Or... Involuntary Musical Imagery.

What do you do when you can't get that song out of your head???  Make some noise?  Play the song through?  Complete the lyrics?  Call upon a "cure" tune?  Focus on something non-musical?

A research article discussing reactions to sticky tunes was published January 2014 in Plos One.  See the Article.

musicophiliaOliver Sacks discusses the phenomenon in his book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, in the chapter titled Brainworms, Sticky Music, and Catchy Tunes.  Click on book image or title to check our catalog.

* On This Date...  February 9

1961:  The Beatles performed at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the first time.

1964:  The Ed Sullivan Show introduced The Beatles to U.S. television audiences.  Song selections:  All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, I Want to Hold Your Hand.

* From On This Day In Music History, by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], page 41.

See the library catalog of The Beatles music CD's here...

The following websites may be of interest...

The Beatles

The Beatles Interviews Database

NPR Music - Artists - The Beatles

Ed Sullivan Show / Beatles

Sunday, February 9, at 3:00 p.m.

harmonytown2013Enjoy a musical journey through time with the distinguished gentlemen of HarmonyTown as they share early 1900's love songs, patriotic, gospel and religious music, 50's and 60's oldies, and show tunes.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

* Wayne Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society

A NYT article provides back story for the scheduled singing of our National Anthem by soprano Renee Fleming.

The NFL website provides back story for the half-time performance of Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Click above links to access articles and to check our catalog for Music CD recordings.

Album of the Year

(Album Title, Artist, Main Level CD Collection Shelf Location)
(Click on Album Cover to check availability)

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The Blessed
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Random Access

Daft Punk

Electronica D

Good Kid,
M.A.A.D City

Kendrick Lamar

Rap L

The Heist
& Ryan Lewis

Rap M


Country S


Song of the Year

(Song Title, Song Writers, Shelf Location)

 truthaboutlove  unorth juke  prism  pure heroine  heist

Just Give Me
A Reason

Locked Out
Of Heaven



Same Love

Jeff Bhasker
Nate Ruess

Philip Lawrence
Ari Levine
Bruno Mars

Lukasz Gottwald
Max Martin
Bonnie McKee
Katy Perry
Henry Walter

Joel Little
Ella Yelich O'Connor

Ben Haggerty
Mary Lambert
Ryan Lewis

Rock Pink

Rock M

Rock P

Rock L

Rap M

 Visit for a complete list of winners (and nominees).

Fifty concerts at various locations throughout Ferndale for this January 24 through February 1 event.  Proceeds donated to local charities.  Check the website for schedule, locations and background information.

Experience music from around the world and around Detroit, Friday evenings, at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Visit the DIA website for additional information.

Friday, January 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m., in the Rivera Court, Nan Washburn and the Michigan Philharmonic Wind Ensemble perform Miniature Masterpieces.

doubleplayRhapsody:  Music at the Library

Sunday, January 19, at 3:00 p.m.

Guest Artists:  Double Play Flute & Tuba

Amy Ridings, flutist, and Patrick Sciannella, tubaist, create their own unique arrangements of classical standards as well as presenting the occasional, actual flute and tuba composition!

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

New to the Music Non-Fiction Collection:

Classic Tracks - The real stories behind 68 seminal recordings,  Written by Richard Buskin.  Sample Magic.  ©2012-2013.

classic tracksFrom the back cover:
What really went on behind the doors of the world's top studios while recording The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Nirvana and R.E.M.?  How did producers and engineers deal with the legendary egos of Oasis and Paul Simon?  Or the haunted perfectionism of Michael Jackson and Phil Spector?  And how - between the drugs, the sex, the fights, the tears and the tantrums - did some of the most iconic tracks of our times ever get recorded?

From rock to rap, pop to hip hop, soul to metal, punk to disco, and jazz to electronica, each chapter draws on original interviews and the recollections of artists, producers and engineers to tell the inside story of an era-defining recording...

On This Date...

Carl Perkin's Blue Suede Shoes was recorded at Sun Studios, December 19, 1955.  (From On This Day In Music History, by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], p355.)

Find versions of Blue Suede Shoes in our collection (click on cover to link to catalog):

From the Main Level CD Collection:      
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America's Top Ten through the Years:
Rock A

All Shook Up
Soundtracks A

Rockabilly Riot!
Rock Setzer

Aloha From Hawaii
Rock Presley

From the Upper Level Non-Fiction (Sheet Music) Collection:      

Rollicking Piano Bar Songbook

784.5 R

rollicking piano bar

Big Book of Clarinet Songs

788.62 H

bigbk clarinet

RING IN the Season !

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


Enjoy classical and holiday music performed on five octaves of handbells and chimes by The Detroit Handbell Ensemble (DHE), ambassador for the art of ringing.   Known for creative and innovative programming, the DHE is an auditioned concert choir composed of church musicians, educators, composers, engineers, and other business professionals from across southeastern Michigan.

Artistic Director:  Dr. Michael A. Burkhardt

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

A new book in the Plymouth District Library Collection:

highnotesandlowHigh Notes & Low: Three Hundred and a Few More Whimsical Anecdotes concerning Music and Musicians.  Written by Ray W. Moore.  Amadeus Press.  c2012.

From the back cover: A wide-ranging and enthusiastic look into the facts and foibles of music...

From the Chapter: Performers, or Those Who Try...

Jazz pianist George Shearing was blind from birth.  He tells the tale of waiting at a busy intersection for someone to help him cross when another blind man tapped him on the shoulder and asked if Shearing would mind helping him get across.  Later Shearing said, "What could I do?  I thought a moment, and then took him across.  It was the biggest thrill of my life!"  [p.27]

From the Chapter: Critics, Soothsayers, and Charlatans...

Conductor Antonio Guarnieri was a noted perfectionist.  On one occasion he asked a careless string player to go into the performance hall and listen to the orchestra.  After the piece was over, he asked, "What do you think of the sonority?"  "It is magnificent, perfect, Maestro," the player answered.  "You see, Giuseppe," Guarnieri shot back, "we sound much better without you."  [p.43]

Check it out!  Link to the catalog by clicking on the book cover, above.

chris ayotteSunday, November 10, at 3:00 p.m.

Tribute artist and impersonator Chris Ayotte presents his Rat Pack Style Show, including tributes to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and friends (Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Johnny Carson, among others, may appear), interspersed with fun-loving comedy.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library.  Registration is closed as we have reached room capacity.


October 26, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Call (313) 237-SING to Reserve Your Tour.

In celebration of National Opera Week (October 25-November 3), the Detroit Opera House will conduct free tours of its one-of-a-kind facility.  See the backstage rigging, the costume shop, the rehearsal studio, the dance studio, and more.  Click on National Opera Week (or image) to link to Michigan Opera Theatre / Detroit Opera House web page.

notesSunday, October 20, at 3:00 p.m.kitty donohoe

Known for her clear voice and solid musicianship, Michigan Emmy-winning songwriter Kitty Donohoe will accompany herself with guitar and cittern, while fellow Ann Arborite Lance Wagner adds fiddle, in this performance of traditional and contemporary Irish music. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Sign-up is requested... online or by phone at 734.453.0750, ext. 4.





Tuesday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a lecture / sound clip overview of Wagner's Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman), about a sea captain condemned to sail eternally until he finds his true love, and Verdi's La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) about the dying courtesan, Violetta, who falls in love.

Guest Speaker: Karen DiChiera, Founder/Director, Community Programs, Michigan Opera Theatre.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Sign-up is requested by phone at 734.453.0750, ext. 4, or online.

You're invited to participate in a sing-along tribute to Detroit.  For song and sheet music, see the Allee Willis web page.  For more information about the event, see the Detroit Historical Society web page.



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Music Practitioner and Bahamian recording artist Ya Tafari shares his music for relaxation in our Stress Busters Program Series, creating an environment of tranquility for body, mind and spirit.

Take a break.  Slow down.  Relax.

Drop in at the library, Saturday, August 17, at 10:00 a.m.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library.


Not music, but...

Enjoy this amusing look at the sounds of outdated technology in "Say Goodbye to the Tech Sounds You'll Never Hear Again", by Roberto Baldwin, July 24, 2013.

On This Date...

Brian Hyland's Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini was the Number 1 Song, August 8, 1960.  (From On This Day In Music History, by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], p222.)

Find Itsy Bitsy (along with other novelty songs listed below) on the following two Music CD's in our collection.

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Dementia 2000!  Dr. Demento's 30th Anniversary Collection
Main Level Music Collection:  Comedy D
  Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll: Special Novelty Edition
Main Level Music Collection:  Comedy G

Also... Daffy Duck's Rhapsody, Yoda, The Elements, Deteriorata, Charlie Brown, Dungeons and Dragons, Eskimo, The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins, Kill the Wabbit, Stress, On the Shoulders of Freaks, Bars on 45, Polka Dot Undies, The Thing, A Day at the Beach with Pedro & Man, The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota, My Ding-a-ling, It's a Gas, I Want my Baby Back, Last Will and Temperament, I'm the Urban Spaceman, Bulbous Bouffant, Another One Rides the Bus, Hamster Love, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Tennessee Bird Walk, Dead Skunk, You Were Speeding, I Hate When That Happens, Lumberjack Song, Carrot Juice is Murder, The Little Blue Man, I'd Rather Have a Bottle in Front of Me, Comin' Back for More, Smoke Two Joints, Ice Box Man, Telephone Man, Rock and Roll Doctor, Everything Reminds Me of My Therapist, Downtown, Let's All Get Demented.

  Also... Martian Hop, Mr. Bass Man, I Want My Baby Back, Baby Sittin' Boogie, Yogi, Ape Call, Delicious!, Long Tall Texan, Mr. Custer, The Purple People Eater, The Flying Saucer part 1, Rip Van Winkle, Witch Doctor, Russian Band Stand, Beep Beep, More Money for You and Me, The Mummy, The Blob, The Little Space Girl, Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb, Who Put the Bomp, Psycho, Ahab, the Arab, Haunted House, Alley-oop, The Old Payola Roll Blues side 1, Ambrose part 5, Leader of the Laundromat, They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haa!

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Sunday, July 21, Noon to 9:00 p.m.

at Schoolcraft College.  Free of charge.


Click here for map & events schedule.  Click on logo for website.


For some background information on One For My Baby, including lyrics, composers, musicians, performers, mood and story, see Steyn's Song of the Week.

The following recordings of the song are available in the library collection:

Fred Astaire singing on Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals... Soundtracks S

Tony Bennett singing on Bennett and Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962... Jazz B

Billy Holiday singing on Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years... Jazz H

Bette Midler singing on Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits... Easy Listening M

Frank Sinatra singing on Classic Sinatra: His Great Performances, 1953-1960... Easy Listening S

(click on CD Title to check catalog)







Michigan Philharmonic performs:

An American Salute in Motown

In Campus Martius Park

Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

Click on Michigan Philharmonic logo, above, for more information.

birthdayconfettiPublic Domain?  Or, owned by Warner/Chappell?  Perhaps U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, will determine if fees must still be paid for every public performance of the song.  See Jacob Goldstein's June 17, 2013, blog post for NPR's Planet Money, and the detailed Class Action Complaint (historical points included) dated June 13, 2013, filed by Good Morning to You Productions Corp.

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The Music in the Air concert series returns to Kellogg Park, Friday evenings, 7:00 p.m., through August 30 (excluding July 12).

See the Downtown Plymouth website for concert schedule and sponsorship information.

classic harmonicabluesClassic Harmonica Blues from Smithsonian Folkways brims with the creativity of soulful harmonica greats of the 20th century, including Sonny Terry, Doctor Ross, Eddie Burns, Jesse Fuller, Phil Wiggins, and more.  Culled from the historic Folkways Records collection and live performances at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, these recordings take us to the heart of the classic American blues tradition.  66 minutes, 36-page booklet.  [back cover, SFW CD 40204 © 2012 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings]

Check it out!  Click on image or title link to access catalog record.

On This Date...

The Platters began touring Spain, May 3, 1962, as America's first ambassadors of Rock 'n' Roll.  The Platters were also the first group to perform behind the Iron Curtain (in Poland).  (From On This Day In Music History, by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], p125.)

Individual tracks by the Platters are available in the library cd collection as follows (click on image to check catalog):

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America's Top Ten through the Years: The Fifties

Includes:  The Great Pretender

The Doo Wop Box, Volume II

Includes:  My Prayer

41 original hits...
American Graffiti

Includes: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, The Great Pretender, Only You

All Time Greatest Hits


How To Choose the Right Streaming Music Service, by John Paul Titlow, 23 April 2013, via ReadWrite, provides a brief overview of Deezer, Grooveshark, MOG, Rdio, Rhapsody and Spotify.

For details on the newly launched twitter music service, please see

Check out Baseball's Greatest Hits on compact disc.baseball_gh

  • Take me out to the ball game: excerpt (Doc & Merle Watson)
  • Who's on first? (Abbott & Costello)
  • Joltin' Joe DiMaggio (Les Brown & His Orchestra)
  • Say hey: The Willie Mays song (The Treniers)
  • I love Mickey (Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer)
  • Van Lingle Mungo (Dave Frishberg)
  • D-O-D-G-E-R-S song: Oh, really? No, O'Malley (Danny Kaye)
  • Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball? (Count Basie & his Orchestra)
  • Lou Gehrig's farewell speech: July 4, 1939
  • Move over Babe: here comes Henry (Bill Slayback)
  • Take me out to the ball game
  • (Love is like a) Baseball game (The Intruders)
  • Willie, Mickey & the Duke: Talkin' baseball (Terry Cashman)
  • The land of Wrigley (Stormy Weather)
  • A dying Cub fan's last request (Steve Goodman)
  • The ball game (Sister Wynona Carr)
  • Baseball dreams (The Naturals with Mel Allen)
  • Baseball card lover (Rockin' Ritchie Ray)
  • Tommy Lasorda Talkin' about Dave Kingman: June 4, 1976
  • We are the champions (Big Blue Wrecking Crew)
  • Bobby Thomson's shot heard 'round the world: October 3, 1951
  • Casey at the bat (DeWolf Hopper)

notesTribute to Ella Fitzgerald

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

The Sheila Landis Quartet celebrates the swingin' first lady of song.

Sheila Landis - vocals
Rick Matle - seven-string guitar
Kurt Krahnke - bass
Dave Taylor - drums


Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Hey nonny ding dong, alang alang alang
Boom ba-doh, ba-doo ba-doodle-ay

On This Date...

Sh-Boom, recorded by the Chords on March 15, 1954, became the first pop Top 10 hit by a rock 'n' roll group.  (From On This Day In Music History, by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], p76.)  It reached #5 on the Pop Chart, #2 on the R&B chart.

Sh-Boom is available in the library collection as follows (click image to check catalog):

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The Doo-Wop Songbook
Upper Level Non-Fiction
784.5 D
Mona Lisa Smile:
Music from the Motion Picture
Main Level CD Collection
Soundtracks M
Cars: Original Soundtrack
Main Level CD Collection
Soundtracks C
Rolling Stone easy piano sheet music classics, vol.2.
Upper Level Non-Fiction
784.5 R

Why the Library of Congress has a Lock on Your Phone

Written by Steve Henn, posted March 6, 2013, to the NPR technology news blog all tech considered.

Matthew Ball... The Boogie-Woogie Kid

Sunday, March 10, at 3:00 p.m.

m_ball_smRagtime, blues and boogie-woogie pianist Matthew Ball presents a fun, toe-tapping American Roots musical program for all ages.  Enjoy blues and boogie arrangements of classic American songs like Swanee River, The Entertainer, Bumble Boogie, and more.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

The following CD's may be found in the Adult Music CD Collection, Soundtracks, organized by first letter of title.  Click on CD image for a direct link to our catalog.

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Anna Karenina
Music by:
  Dario Marianelli
Music by:
  Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi
Music by:
  Mychael Danna
Music by:
  John Williams
Music by:
  Thomas Newman

For additional information on nominees and winners, and to link to movie/music trailers (each prefaced by a 30-second commercial), please see The Oscars web page.

beethovenThe Detroit Symphony Orchestra has made available free DSO performances of Beethoven Symphonies 1 through 8 on demand through tomorrow, followed by a live webcast of the DSO performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony on Sunday, February 24, at 3:00 p.m.  You need only enter your name and email address under Webcast on the Welcome to Live from Orchestra Hall webpage, select your symphony, and enjoy the music!

For a list of future Live from Orchestra Hall Webcasts, click here.

From the techdirt blog (posted there February 8, 2013):

*** A Musical Explanation of Copyright ***

The techdirt blog provides a framework to "analyze and offer insight into news stories about changes in government policy, technology and legal issues that affect companies ability to innovate and grow".

For information about copyright, please visit the United States Copyright Office.

rumoursFleetwood Mac released the album Rumours.  (From On This Day In Music History, by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], p51.)  The album spent 31 weeks atop the Billboard 200.

Link to the allmusic biography of the group, along with discography and reviews.

Check our catalog for album availability.

For other recordings or print materials concerning Fleetwood Mac in the library collection, click here.

The Recording Academy presents the annual awards on the CBS Broadcast scheduled for 8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 10, 2013.  See their website at for information about nominees and award winners, and for news, photos, videos and more.

Nominated for Album of the Year:  (click on album cover to check our catalog)

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El Camino
The Black Keys
Rock B
Some Nights
Rock F
Mumford & Sons
Rock M
Channel Orange
Frank Ocean
Rap 0
Jack White
Rock W

The 10 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows per Billboard Staff (posted January 31, 2013):

football     Click on above link for event description and video.

     Click on Artist name for link to the Plymouth Library Catalog.

10. Paul McCartney, 2005
9. Diana Ross, 1996
 8. Madonna, 2012
 7. Rolling Stones, 2006
 6. Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, 2001
 5. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, 2009
 4. Michael Jackson, 1993
 3. U2, 2002
 2. Janet Jackson & Justin Timberlake, 2004
 1. Prince, 2007

... from USA Today and the National Association of Music Merchants regarding apps, devices, YouTube and the traditional music store.

music_staff_sideways_croppedSunday, February 10, at 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy traditional and original folk music, jazz standards, Broadway show tunes, and classical duets, performed by San, one half of the nationally know folk music duo, Gemini, and his daughter, Emily, a senior in high school, using violin, guitar and voice.

Sign-up is requested in person, by phone at 734.453.0750, ext. 4, or online.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.


Janis Joplin Exhibit in the Music Hall of Fame in the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas.

Photograph taken January, 2013.


Link to the Museum of the Gulf Coast (scroll halfway down page and click on Road Trip) for a virtual tour of Port Arthur and places there associated with Janis Joplin (who was born in Port Arthur, Texas, January 19, 1943).

Link to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for biographical remarks and an Events Timeline related to Janis Joplin's 1995 induction.

Link to the Janis Joplin Official Site (Estate) for news, music, images, video, timeline and more.

Link to the Plymouth District Library Catalog to view a list of books, DVD's, and CD's in the collection related to Janis Joplin.


Sunday, January 13, at 3:00 p.m.

Pianist, composer and Gershwin historian Penny Masouris highlights the story of George Gershwin with live performances (on keyboard) of many of his compositions.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library 

carole_kingThe prize honors the lifetime achievement of artists whose work exemplifies the standard of excellence associated with towering songwriters George and Ira Gershwin.  King joins prior recipients Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney and songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David in receiving the honor. [See Library of Congress News Release for additional details.]

[Image from Biography in Context]

For additional information about Carole King, 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.

The following materials are available for borrowing:


A Natural Woman: A Memoir

   Upper Level Non-Fiction Collection: Biography King
   Main Level CD Book Shelves:  BIO King





   Main Level CD Collection: Rock K


 The Living Room Tour

   Main Level CD Collection: Easy Listening K


 Live at the Troubadour (with James Taylor)

   Main Level CD Collection: Rock K


 The Essential Carole King

   Main Level CD Collection: Rock K


 Pearls: Songs of Goffin and King

   Main Level CD Collection: Rock K


Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and James Taylor enjoyed Christmas Eve by singing Christmas carols door-to-door in Los Angeles.  (From On This Day In Music History, by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], p360.)

Find some of their music in our Adult Music CD collection on the Main Level...

Joni Mitchell

 jm_courtspark    jm_hits    jm_travelogue
Court and Spark
Rock Mitchell
Rock Mitchell
Easy Listening M

Linda Ronstadt

 lr_merrylittle    lr_roundmidn    lr_verybest
A Merry Little Christmas
Holiday R
  'Round Midnight
Easy Listening R
  The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt
Easy Listening R

Carly Simon

 cs_christm    cs_filmnoir    cs_neverbeeng
Christmas is Almost Here
Holiday S
  Film Noir
Soundtracks F
  Never Been Gone
Easy Listening S

James Taylor

 jt_christm    jt_onemanband    jt_sweetbabyjames
James Taylor at Christmas
Holiday T
  One Man Band
Rock Taylor
  Sweet Baby James
Rock Taylor

A Gershwin Rendezvous, Penny Masouris, Pianist

Sunday, January 13, at 3:00 p.m.

Pianist, composer and Gershwin historian Penny Masouris presents the life of George Gershwin (childhood, music, personality, relationships), highlighting the narrative with live performances of his compositions.  


San and Emily: A Musical Smorgasbord

Sunday, February 10, at 3:00 p.m.

San, one half of the nationally know folk music duo, Gemini, and his daughter, Emily, now a senior in high school, play Broadway show tunes, traditional and original folk music, jazz standards, and classical duets... with vocals, violin and guitar.


Ragtime, Boogie-Woogie and Blues, with Matthew Ball

Sunday, March 10, at 3:00 p.m.

Pianist Matthew Ball presents a fun American Roots program including blues and boogie arrangements of such classics as Swanee River, The Entertainer, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Bumble Boogie, and more, in this family-friendly toe-tapping event.


Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with the Sheila Landis Quartet

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

Celebrating the swinging "First Lady of Song" during Jazz History Month, we welcome the Sheila Landis Trio... Sheila Landis (vocalist), Rick Matle (seven-string guitarist), Kurt Krahnke (bass), and Dave Taylor (drummer).


Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Save the Dates !

Billboard Magazine presents their version of year-end music highlights via "Best Of" commentary regarding New Artists, Country, Latin, Pop, R&B, Rock, and Tours.

anne_robSunday, December 9, at 3:00 p.m.

Anne & Rob Burns (of A Reasonable Facsimile) perform Victorian-era winter holiday music.  Instrumentation includes flute, guitar, pennywhistle, concertina, dulcimer and voice.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

The BBC banned The Beatles "I Am The Walrus" from television and radio due to a perceived drug connotation, though none was identified.

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Magical Mystery Tour CD
  Magical Mystery Tour Sheet Music
Adult Non-Fiction Upper Level 784.5 M
  Magical Mystery Tour DVD
Main Level DVD Musicals BEA
From On This Day In Music History, by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], p326.

mainst_operaSunday, November 11, at 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy musical excerpts from Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of opera (music, drama, artists and production).

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

tinfoilThe Musuem of Innovation and Science (Schenectady, New York) released a digital restoration of an 1878 Edison tinfoil recording which includes a cornet solo and the recitation of two nursery rhymes.

The photograph on left is courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior and may be found on the Library of Congress American Memory project web site. 

Click on highlighted links (above) for more information.

by Bakari Chavanu,
posted to, October 8, 2012.music_headph

This article includes information and links regarding building and managing your digital music collection, accessing streaming music, purchasing titles, and use of recommended apps.

pumpkin 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 the Halloween Music List for Album Titles, Song Lists, location and availability.

To celebrate the Detroit Tigers' second consecutive year in the American League Championship Series, Maestro Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performed a special encore of "Go Get 'Em Tigers," written by Artie Fields and arranged by DSO librarians Robert Stiles and Ethan Allen.

Listen to a musical excerpt at the DSO YouTube site.

From NASA Science News, October 1, 2012...

"Chorus is an electromagnetic phenomenon caused by plasma waves in Earth's radiation belts.  For years, ham radio operators on Earth have been listening to them from afar.  Now, NASA's twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes are traveling through the region of space where chorus actually comes from--and the recordings are out of this world."

Click on NASA Science News to read more about Earthsong.

Click here for a four-minute explanatory YouTube video...

Click here to listen to a brief Earthsong mp3 recording...

hart_tedrick_big_bandSunday, October 7, at 3:00 p.m.

You select the song list for this stroll down big band memory lane.  Reminisce about the songs, styles and personalities of the big band era.

Guest artists:

Bill Hart - trumpet, flugelhorn

Alan Tedrick - keyboards

David Hart - drums

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

In addition to their concerts at Detroit's Orchestra Hall, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with Music Director Leonard Slatkin, perform at venues in Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township.  Click DSO for more information.

dig_musicThe Ultimate Digital Music Guide:  the best way to store, organize, and play digital music

by Michael Miller

Que, c2012

Topics include audio file formats, copyright, piracy, DRM, online music stores, retrieval, playlists, streaming music services, sharing, and music review sites.

Click on book cover or title to check for availability.




Royal Oak's Arts, Beats & Eats, August 31 through September 3, 2012.