Farewell, Starman

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David Bowie passed away on Sunday, January 10th, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th studio album entitled Blackstar.  Bowie greatly influenced the music industry, and popular culture as a whole, with his ever-changing musical style and out-of-this-world personas.

On top of being a legendary artist, Bowie was an avid reader.  He posted a list of his top 100 books to his Facebook page back in 2013. Check out the list here:

You can also borrow and stream most of David Bowie's album collection through our Hoopla streaming service here:

Summertime Music

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Hot weather calls for hot music and we've got your covered like a beach umbrella. Check out the huge collection of summertime music on our digital service Hoopla. You can find tunes that will help you work up a sweat or cool down, something for lounging by the pool or relaxing on your porch with a glass of lemonade.

If you're new to Hoopla, check out our guide to get started, or schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with the Media Services department.

An album cover picture of the sun shining through trees in a field.An album cover picturing a series of black, vertical bars and a image of Lena Horne.An album cover picturing a close up hands holding two guitars.An album cover picturing footprints in the sand as the surf rolls in on the right.

Find New Music in Your Neighborhood

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I'm very excited to announcScreenshot from listen columbus websitee that UA Library is offering a new service to help patrons discover local music. Listen Columbus is a collection of albums by musicians from Central Ohio. Anyone can visit the website, select an album and start listening to it immediately on their smartphone or computer. This does not require a library card, and there is no limit to the number of times you can play a song or album.

The collection features a wide variety of music including: rock, bluegrass, indie, classical, hip hop and jazz. Playing music is as simple as selecting an album and pressing the play button. There are no apps to download, and you can play music on any device (smartphone, tablet, computer) that has a web browser.

Central Ohio is home to an incredible array of talented musicians. I hope that Listen Columbus will help people discover new music they enjoy and create more support for the artists who live in our neighborhoods.

Happy Listening!

Cuba Lost & Found

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There is a lot of talk about Cuba in the news lately.  Music to my ears was the news of a new Buena Vista Social Club recording. It includes rediscovered material from the original Ry Cooder sessions. I am still kicking myself for not going to see Ibrahim Ferrer while he was still alive.

Grab Your Guitar: or Sheet Music as eBook

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If you are a musician, you've discovered that finding sheet music on the Internet is a mixed bag. It's convenient, but the quality of the music can range from excellent to repellent. Thanks to a new addition to our eBook collection, that is about to change. You can now checkout music scores from the Hal Leonard company and view them on your computer, tablet or smartphone (if you can read really tiny notes).

Visit our eBook collection to see the full list of titles

Musical score for the group NirvanaPhoto of a UkulelePhoto of two people dancing under a starry skyCartoon drawing of a young woman and man on a boat


Testimony by Robbie Robertson

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Rock on back to the late 1950s and early 1960s. Folk music was at its height but a new sound called rock and roll was beginning to make its appearance. These and other musical genres morphed and merged into a new sound, creating an exciting time for musicians and for those who enjoy listening to music. Then along comes Robbie Robertson, a very talented guitarist/songwriter from Toronto, who at 16 years old hit the road, paid his dues, and eventually created a unique musical group called The Band. In this behind-the-scenes biography, readers will get an up-close look at songwriting, the tribulations of forming and maintaining a band, and a band’s life on the road. A partial list of musicians Robertson interacts with includes The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. This is an excellent and candid look at this musical genius and the world of music he helped create.

Musical Mondays: Books with Music Playlists

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Welcome to Musical Mondays! A blog about books and music.

A lot of books now intertwine the story, characters, and plot, with music. Some have a music playlist designed to go with the book, some weave songs and music right into the story, and others focus on music as a major part of the plot or characters’ lives. Either way, it’s a celebration of two great things: stories and music! So, this summer I will be posting 3 blogs the first Monday of each month that highlight some of these books and their music. This blog will be the first, and then there will be one in July, and a final post in August.

To start us off I will jump right in with music playlists designed to go with the books or music the author was listening to as they wrote that inspired the story. Interestingly, a lot of these aren’t necessarily about music, they just have music playlists that the author has created to go with their book. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins  Anna and the French Kiss Playlist 
Book Cover for Boy21 by Matthew Quick Perkins has created a 15 track playlist to go with the book. Much of it is French Rock! She also has a separate “Spoilers” page where she shares the story behind the songs. 

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen  Along for the Ride Playlist 
These are the songs the author was listening to as she wrote and they evoke the feel of the characters and what happens in the story. 

Boy21 by Matthew Quick Boy21 Playlist 
This playlist appears in an article about music and books. It was designed by Quick to tell the story, as he put together the songs from the book in the order they appear in the novel and matched them to different parts of the story.

Divergent by Veronica Roth  Divergent Playlist 
These songs helped inspire the books and were what she listened too during the writing process. Includes notes about why each song is important. 

Book Cover fro Dove Rising by Karen BaoDove Arising by Karen Bao  Dove Arising Playlist 
The playlist for this dystopian sci-fi novel is unique – it actually has its own title! The title is: Music on the Moon. The site features the songs on the playlist as well as Bao’s explanations of how each relates to the book.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger  DUFF Playlist
Keplinger puts together a playlist to go with all her books and it is usually made up of songs that remind her of the characters or story or that she was listening too when she wrote. The DUFF Playlist includes songs from the two main characters perspective. Also check out the sequel Lying Out Loud. It too has a Playlist.

Half Bad by Sally Green Half Bad Playlist
This is a playlist inspired by the book. Spoiler Alert: If you haven‘t read the book yet, skip the song descriptions until you’ve finished reading as their explanations give major parts of the book away! And don't miss Half Wild and Half Lost

Book Cover for Lumberjanes by Noelle StevensonLumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
This is a collection of the Lumberjanes monthly comic. At the end of each issue is a track list of a mixtape that has been put together by one of the characters.  And if you are already reading and have gotten to issue #4 you’ll notice part of Jen’s list is covered in paint! For a full listing of Jen’s playlist check out the article Drawn to Comics

Mosquitoland by David Arnold Mosquitoland Playlist
Arnold began as a musician and some of his musical creations can be found on his site Cinema Cycle. There you can also find the music playlist, with his original songs, that are inspired by two of his novel, as well as a video he made for one of the songs.

Paper Towns by John Green  Paper Towns Playlist 
John Green’s first playlist for one of his books!

Relativity by Cristin Bishara Relativity Playlist
Book Cover for Relativity by Cristin BisharaBishara felt that if movies can have soundtracks, why not books? So, she created one for her novel!

Young Elites by Marie Lu  Young Elites Playlist 
This playlist is in an article about the Young Elite’s series and highlights Lu’s Playlist for Adeline from the series. Includes why she picked the songs. She also made a playlist for Champion which can be found on her Tumblr page. 

That’s it for this month. Come back for our next installment, Where Books and Music Collide, for a look at books that weave music and songs throughout the story.

Happy Reading (and listening)!


Listen Columbus

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Have you tried Listen Columbus yet? It's Ohio’s first digital library collection focused on local music. Anyone can visit to stream music from some of the top musicians in Central Ohio, including The Salty Caramels, Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons, The Andy Shaw Band and many more. Listen Columbus was created by the Upper Arlington Library through a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio. Additional support came from the Friends of the Upper Arlington Public Library.

Picture Book Selection: Playing from the Heart

When a young boy begins to play on his family’s piano, reveling in the fun of plunking the keys, his father signs him up for lessons so that he can learn to play properly. With his father’s encouragement, Raj learns notes, then scales, then songs, and finally classical pieces that his father can recognize and be proud of. But the more Raj practices and the more skilled he becomes, the less he enjoys playing, until he grows up and stops playing altogether. But when his father becomes ill and asks Raj to play for him, will Raj remember how to play from the heart? Age 0-8

Freegal Music Downloads

Download your favorite music from Freegal Music Downloads, a new FREE digital download for music. You can download and listen to songs from major artists on your PC, Mac, or MP3 player, smartphone or other portable device.

Freegal OffersFreegal Requires
  • Two MP3 downloads per patron per week.
  • No due dates or overdue fines, downloaded music is yours to keep!
  • The Upper Arlington Library provides a limited number of downloads per week.
  • Reserve songs for future download by creating a Wish List. The Wish List may be created once the Library's weekly download limit has been reached.
  • Upper Arlington Library Card and PIN number.



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