Golden Oldies II: Dance Music

by David I’m referring to dance music that’s hundreds of years old (like you might see on Ye Olde European Bandstande). Many of these tunes come to us from sheet music collections that give the musicians quite a bit of leeway in how the songs are performed. Such is the case with “A L’Estampida: Medieval […]

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Awards Round-up: February 2017

by Michelle C. Welcome to the February Awards Round-up! At the end of each month we compile the book, movie, television and music winners for that month. February has the double whammy of the Grammys and the Oscars. Get ready to place some holds! Academy Awards Presented annually on television, the Oscars can cause a flurry of […]

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Album Art

By Brian Total Records features iconic record covers and provides a history of photography through the art of the album cover. While it’s the music recorded on a album or CD that ultimately determines the success of a recording by a musician or band, an album’s artwork gives us that first impression. Thirty-three rpm or 12 by 12 […]

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59th Annual Grammy Awards

by Lindsey On Sunday the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Billboard magazine called it “one of the best Grammys ever” and a highlight was Adele’s unforgettable tribute to George Michael covering his song “Fastlove.” With Freegal and your Sno-Isle Libraries card, you can listen to all the […]

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Golden Oldies at 78 RPM

by David The folk era of the ’60s owes a monumental debt to Harry Smith’s groundbreaking collection “The Anthology of American Folk Music“. This is the collection of 78 RPM recordings from the ’20s and early ’30s that influenced Bob Dylan and practically everybody who picked up a guitar in the early folk era. (For you […]

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The Box Set

by Brian There have been times that I have looked at a box set of recordings for a favorite artist or band and longed to purchase the set but I held off because I owned a good share of the recordings already. Confession One exception – I already owned all of the Beethoven Sonata albums recorded by […]

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Miles Davis: A Beginner’s Guide

by David Miles Davis has a stellar body of work, and as he himself admitted, he’s changed the face of music 3 or 4 times. But such a career can be intimidating to the novice explorer, so here are my tips to get you started. First, listen to “Kind of Blue“. Go ahead, do it right […]

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Guitar Music for the Soul

by Brian This month I’ve been inspired to explore the world of guitar playing. Hearing guitarist and composer Andre Feriante play and speak about the healing sounds of music at the Sno-Isle Libraries TEDx event inspired me to seek out recordings by him and others that play in the flamenco style. I’ve listened to two albums by Andre Feriante. […]

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Tony or Frank?

by David Tony Bennett recently celebrated his 90th birthday, and when asked who his favorite singer is, he always says “Sinatra.” Frank Sinatra has always said his favorite singer is Tony Bennett. For me, it’s a case of apples and oranges. They are both so distinctive in their approach that “best singer” doesn’t really enter into it. […]

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Bob Dylan

by Brian Nobel prize winner Bob Dylan’s songs have been interpreted in countless covers by a staggering number of artists in a wide range of music genres. Rolling Stones magazine article Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Bob Dylan Covers states that the phenomenon of Dylan covers “began in 1963 when Blowin’ in the Wind became a standard song […]

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