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
Jack has been looking forward to playing the trumpet in his first concert, but on the morning of the big day, Jack becomes anxious about performing and his worry starts to grow. Ages 0-8.
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.
- Lost and Found byThe Buena Vista Social Club will be released on March 23
- Unseen Cuba:A Unique View of Cuba's Timeless Landscapes and Cityscapes,Never Before Photographed From the Air by Marius Jovaisa is a gorgeous photography book that was recently written up in the Columbus Dispatch
- 2015 Moon Handbook to Cuba is an updated travel guidebook. More updated travel guides are on the waylater this year.
- Original Buena Vista Social Club DVD documentary
- Ibrahim Ferrer died in 2005. He made several solo albums after Buena Vista Social Club revived his career
- The latest books by Randy Wayne White and Dennis Lehane have a Cuban connection
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Album of the Year: Mumford & Sons — Babel
Best New Artist: fun.
Record of the Year: Gotye — “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Song of the Year: fun. — “We Are Young”
Best Pop Vocal Album: Kelly Clarkson — Stronger
Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele — “Set Fire to the Rain” [Live]
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Gotye — “Somebody That I Used to Know” feat. Kimbra
Best Alternative Music Album: Gotye — Making Mirrors
Best Rap Album: Drake — Take Care
Best Rap Song: Jay-Z and Kanye West — “N****s in Paris”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream — “No Church in the Wild”
Best Rap Performance: Jay-Z and Kanye West — “N****s in Paris”
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Frank Ocean — Channel ORANGE
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Beyoncé — “Love on Top”
Best R&B Song: Miguel — “Adorn”
Best R&B Album: Robert Glasper Experiment — Black Radio
Best Rock Album: The Black Keys — El Camino
Best Rock Performance: The Black Keys — “Lonely Boy”
Best Dance Recording: Skrillex — “Bangarang” feat. Sirah
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Skrillex — Bangarang
Best Country Solo Performance: Carrie Underwood — “Blown Away”
Best Country Album: Zac Brown Band — Uncaged
Best Spoken Word Album: Janis Ian — Society’s Child: My Autobiography
Best Comedy Album: Jimmy Fallon — Blow Your Pants Off
Beck's newest album – and his first in 6 years – was released today. In an interview on Morning Edition, he described the journey, including: falling from a harness and hurting his back, recording most of a country album in Nashville that he didn't release and a short stay in the hospital because of a spider bite.
Luckily, listening to Morning Phase is much easier, you can borrow it today from Hoopla.
Even thought vinyl records are making a comeback, music is definitely going digital. The first part of this year, digital music sales increased and over 135 billion songs were streamed, nearly double the amount from 2014.
Streaming is becoming very popular because you can subscribe to a service and listen to anything in their catalog. Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Google Play Music and Songza – to name a few – all give you access to thousands of songs. You don't own the music, but you can listen to just about anything you can think of.
Or you could visit the library website, UAPL has a streaming service that patrons can use. Hoopla has a great selection of music, including new releases every Friday. Create an account using your library card, and you can checkout 10 albums per month. Try something new or to checkout some tunes when the library is closed. Just like all of our other services, it's free with your library card.
You can follow our online guide to setup your account or contact the Media department if you have questions.
Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday was on Saturday and you can check out some of his classic albums from the library. You don't have to Fly (me) to the Moon, go to New York, New York or even leave your home. Our digital media service Hoopla, has a huge collection of his albums.
Once you find an album you like, just click Borrow and start listening. New to Hoopla? Review our full instructions for getting started with Hoopla, or set up a 1-on-1 appointment with a Media Services staff and we can help you download music and more from the library.
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: https://goo.gl/fAMUh5
You can also borrow and stream most of David Bowie's album collection through our Hoopla streaming service here: https://www.hoopladigital.com/search?q=david+bowie
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.