As both a parent and a librarian, I recognize the importance of--and usually enjoy--fun and vibrant music made for children. Classic songs like "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," "The Hokey Pokey," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" are wonderful for helping kids learn about the sounds of words through repetition, get ready to read, as well as develop a love for music.
But sometimes we as parents need something a little different--something for the kid in us to enjoy along with our kids.
The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (and half marathon) is rolling into Denver on October 9, 2011. The race will have bands performing at various points throughout the course and rap up with a post run concert.
The idea of running makes me *cry* so I sought recommendations for music that will push and pump me up! Friends tell me my regular diet of Broadway show tunes won't cut it and I need some music that will help me *roar* even if I am walking, moshing, and thrashing my way through. Here are a few heavy metal recommendations from the Library's collection:
After years of hearing respected musicians and music-loving friends laud Bruce Springsteen, I've finally resolved to give him a chance.
My previous experience with Springsteen is limited at best. I know most of the hits, his rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" actually stops me from flipping past the Christmas radio station, I own a well-worn vinyl copy of Nebraska, and I had a brief, but intense love of Born In the USA during elementary school (although mostly just the song, "Da
I liked this band's name so much that I just had to check them out, and hey--they're all right! Now is a good time to discover them, too, because they're coming to the Hi-Dive in Denver on November 30th after releasing a new album, Tape Club, on October 18th.
I heard about five snippets of SSLYBY's songs and decided in spite of myself that their indie pop tunes were fun, contagiously upbeat, and pretty awesome. Check out their Myspace page to listen to free mp3s, and don't miss their bio, which is worth a read for laughs (on the right side of the page above "contact"). You can also find them on Facebook. If you like what you hear, try out some of these bands through the library and see what you think:
When I think of beach music, the sounds of Dick Dale or the Ventures quickly fill my head. This post, however, results from a mental tangent of trying to conjure up an image of a day at the beach using band names found in my record collection.
Like James Bond returning to England, the slick and stylish duo of Eric Hilton and Rob Garza return to our nation's capital to unleash a soundtrack of hope and truth, this time focused on another region in peril: their own backyard.
As the opening track 'Web Of Deception' begins you can almost picture a black 1976 Gran Torino pull up outside the Eighteenth Street Lounge in Washington DC. The doors open slowly and two gentlemen in dapper suits, dark shades, and briefcases get out, they both turn to the pulsing cities nighttime profile, settling on the elegantly lit Capitol building and shake their heads in unison before silently striding into the club to get to work.
Most mothers who are trying raise three small boys while making extra money by cleaning houses aren't thinking of learning to play the violin. Rose Ann Taht, reference librarian at the Central Library, was doing just that, though, back in the mid-70's.
Alongside 3-year old Mark, who was learning to play Suzuki style, she used her background in piano and saxophone to study the violin traditionally. Nowadays, Rose Ann plays with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, performing pop, classical and holiday-themed selections, usually at the Green Center in Golden. Last fall I spent the best $20.00 of my life when I saw the Fall program which featured the orchestra, in costume, performing selections from "
This summer I was lucky enough to have caught not only Willie Nelson rockin' out at Red Rocks but Kris Kristofferson with Merle Haggard bringing down the house at the Denver Center for the Performing arts.
Since then I have been listening to a deeper variety of each of their music. My favorite Willie album remains "Red Headed Stranger" and I do prefer to listen to Kris's songs that are done by someone else (hey, he never claimed to be a good singer but, man, can that guy write a song!).
Can it really be? After a 12 year hiatus, Primus is back together as their original, pre-studio-recording lineup, with a new album and a summer tour. The Primusphere is brimming with anticipation, wondering what this bass-driven, carnivalesque rock group is about to hit us with.
Primus debuted with the album Frizzle Fry in 1990. I won't attempt to accurately report their full and long history, but I'll do my best at the gist--by this time, after playing locally in California for years, the band had already split with their old drummer, Jay Lane, and went big with Tim Alexander, with whom they recorded many of their albums.