Reviews and Blog Posts: music

Icarus Fell. But First He Flew.

The Rotunda of Apollo, Louvre Museum

The Greek myth of Icarus, who tried to escape from Crete by flying on wings made of feathers and wax, is often used as an example of hubris and failed ambition. Icarus is warned by his father not to fly too close to the sun. He disregards this and the wings collapse and he falls back to earth. But the lesson from this myth might be about taking chances and following your heart in spite of the risks.

I started thinking about the story a lot while I was in Paris last December. I thought perhaps I'd seen a painting of Icarus in one of my museum visits -- and somehow it had crept into my waking dreams. Then I went through my photos of the trip and found this image (top photo), from a ceiling in the Louvre museum. It depicts Icarus at the moment of his fall. But the part of the story I started to ponder most was his flight before the fall.

Sound City

Music geeks won't want to miss this inspiring documentary of musical legendry made by Dave Grohl (of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters) detailing the history of the little music recording studio that could, California's Sound City.

Yes, it's true, it turns out Dave Grohl can make movies, too, and this debut is exceptional. Utilizing studio footage and interview commentary from many of the greatest rock musicians of our time, the film brings to life a golden era of music that is in many ways becoming a thing of the past. Although a strong message is presented about authenticity and the human element in music, the film decisively stops short of being preachy or tiresomely adherent to a bygone past.

Amazing April with Fresh City Life My Branch

Exploring Colorado Wineries

Start off your April by being educated, informed, or entertained by aFresh City Life My Branch program!

On Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. our partnership with The Colorado Ballet's Light Project continues with Animal Abuse and the Violence Connection, presented by the Denver Dumb Friends League at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch.

Get Your Garden On!

Butterfly Pavilion

Spring is coming! Add gardening tips, painting skills, music, and crafts into your life with Fresh City Life My Branch!

On Thursday, March 21, join the Butterfly Pavilion for a double session at the Bear Valley Branch--Butterfly Gardening at 2 p.m. and Busy Bees at 3 p.m. Learn what it takes to attract butterflies to your garden, and then hear all about the lives of honey bees, including a honey tasting, seeing a honeycomb, and feeling beeswax. Come for one or both sessions!

Unbounded: Denver's Brightest Voices In Two Upcoming Concerts

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau

As part of the citywide Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, the Mizel Museum and Fresh City Life will host concerts that bring our communities together in a spirit of unity and celebration of diversity.

Unbounded: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery
Tuesday, February 19, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Created by Marta Burton, this free concert is a multi-media performance which draws upon the music, historical narratives and images of Jewish and African American experiences of oppression and slavery, to raise awareness of those enslaved globally today. After the performance, meet with representatives of local organizations and individuals that work to end current day slavery.

Holidays, Music, and Crafts!

Holidays

Celebrate the holidays with Fresh City Life My Branch--and look ahead to 2013!

2 of our branches are having Holiday Open House Celebrations on Saturday, December 15:

The Sam Gary Celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature  the Castle Rock Community Ringers Handbell Choir. Refreshments will be served. Join us!

Finding Sheet Music at the Library

Aïda in Full Score

With over 10,000 sheet music anthologies at the library, customers can find everything from Broadway show tunes to American Negro Spirituals, Irish street ballads to classical symphonies.

In theory, it’s a veritable treasure trove! In practice, any musician or musical director knows how hard it can be to locate a particular song within a universe of songbooks and score anthologies.

Library staff are always happy to play musical detective with you. But to search on your own, I offer you four tools for successful song sleuthing:

Holidays, Careers, Craigslist and Hinduism

Hinduism

Whether you're thinking about your career, the holidays, how to use Craigslist, or want to learn about Hinduism, Fresh City Life My Branch has an eclectic schedule of classes for you this week!

Thinking about the next step in your career, or maybe starting over? Join folks from Westwood College for Career Management on Tuesday, December 4 at 5 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Topics covered will include networking, job searching, resumes, and interview techniques.

When can you come over and pick up your holiday gifts?

Reveille 3

There's a big red sack full of holiday gifts for you at the library. Come and get 'em!

At Fresh City Life, we know this is a busy time of year for folks. And sometimes we'd all just like to slow down and enjoy the season. 

We've put together a couple concerts so you can do just that. Please join us for these special events:

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A Holiday Concert with Reveille 3
Saturday, December 1, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Beautiful music for ugly children

by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Reviewer Rating:
4

Gabe's life centers around music. He uses it to express himself and to escape from the world in which he was born Elizabeth. High school is almost over for Gabe, and he looks forward to moving to a place where no one knew him as Liz and he can be...

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