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Country Christmas

Country and Western music artists bring a heapin' helping of warmth and cheer to the Holidays. Deck the Halls, ya'll!

It Was 30 Years Ago Today

John: New York City

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon died in front of his Manhattan home.

It was the first "Kennedy moment" in my life, a memory that still seems fresh, almost like it happened yesterday. My ritual of falling asleep while listening to an old-school "digital" clock radio (the one with the rotating flat panels for each number), was jarringly interrupted by the breaking news that John Lennon had been shot in New York City. I leapt out of bed, ran downstairs, and stood motionless in front of the TV as Howard Cosell, on Monday Night Football, announced that John Lennon was dead. One of my heroes had been murdered, and it simply did not make any sense.

Holiday Classics

'Tis the season to hear Holiday music everywhere you go. Whether you are trimming the tree, wrapping presents or just snuggled up front of the fireplace (or the Yule Log channel in my case) here are some classic Holiday carol selections to keep you merry and bright.

20 Great Live Albums

Nothing compares to the roar of a live crowd waiting for a much loved band to take the stage. These albums were generally recorded in one or two nights and capture the raw intensity of Rock 'N Roll!

  1. Live at Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers
  2. Live at the Apollo by James Brown
  3. Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 by The Byrds
  4. At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash

REMEMBER PIMP C!

Pimp C is no longer here...

I like all types of music but with Rap it's a toss up between Down South Southern Rappers and West Coast music! I started listening to rappers such as Paul Wall, 8Ball & MJG, Trick Daddy and UGK.

Top 20 Double Albums

Double albums are generally released as such because the recording is longer than the capacity of the medium, either records or CDs. To make the list compilation more specific, live albums, compilations, reissues with bonus discs and box sets were excluded (to be featured another time). Which is your favorite double album?

  1. The White Album by The Beatles
  2. The Wall by Pink Floyd
  3. Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder
  4. London Calling by The Clash
  5. Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dy

Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot is a jazz singer and an amazing, inspirational person that I am thankful for learning about at the library! Her story is not without tragedy. At the age of 19, she was hit by a car and as a result of extensive damage ended up with severe neurological complications that she continues to deal with to this day. Using music as a form of therapy, she has risen to be one of the most enticing jazz singers I have ever heard.

Gardot's first album, Worrisome Heart came out in 2008. In 2009, she released My One and Only Thrill. Ms Gardot continues to advocate for music therapy and inspire those that face overwhelming obstacles.

Happy Birthday Miley Cyrus!

Miley Ray Cyrus, born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992, celebrates her 18th birthday today! The daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley rose to fame through her role as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana on the Disney sitcom, Hannah Montana.

Discography:

Music Honoring Our Native American Heritage

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by taking note of tremendous music honoring the traditions and experiences of the indigenous peoples of North America. Native American music often features flute and drums and can be spiritually healing or provide a rousing rhythm to move to.

We've Got You Covered

Good Things by Aloe Blacc

I was recently introduced to the album, Good Things by Aloe Blacc. Hidden among his soulful original gems is a fantastic cover of Femme Fatal by The Velvet Underground. The genius of this cover is that it doesn't sound like a cover. It has the feeling of the original but sounds completely different. That got me thinking about other cover songs that I love.

Here are a few of my favorite covers:

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