Author Archives: Brian H.

Suggested by You

by Brian H. Library staff work hard to “know” the collection and make recommendations to you.  We find books, movies and music that we suggest to you and we hope that some of these suggestions match your interests and meets your expectation of what a public library is all about.  We have collaborators in this […]

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Johannes Brahms

by Brian H. A favorite composer I have enjoyed listening to music by composer Johannes Brahms for many years now. I can trace this love of Brahms’s music back to a music library collection in my family home.  It was my mother’s doing I’m sure. She loved music and made certain we all had musical experiences […]

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Covers

by Brian H. There’s nothing more enjoyable than hearing a great original song reworked into something new. You get to hear something that sounds familiar, something you already like, in a new way. A new voice, a new set of instruments or without instruments, a new arrangement, or a new take on the meaning behind […]

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A Voice Like No Other

by Brian The opera singer soprano Kiri Te Kanawa retired from singing in 2017.  Over the course of her four decade career, she has garnered the praise and adoration from opera fans and music critics alike.  Not to mention the royal family. 

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Your next track or album?

by Brian H. Where do you go to find the music you love or search for new music to love?  There are so many sources to explore music and musicians. One that I go to regularly is NPR Music. In particular their Tiny Desk concerts series and podcast of All Songs Considered.  I regularly look […]

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The Greatest Tenor

by Brian H. Okay, I caught your eye with that blog post title.  Your mind quickly flipped through all those tenor voices you have recordings of and you thought…he must be talking about Caruso…no…Pavarotti…no Carreras…no one of those 3 Irish tenor fellas…no that tenor Bocelli who is on PBS all the time…

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Music History (In a Roundabout Way)

by Brian H. Whether we realized it or not we’ve all been offered a course in music history through the documentaries created by Ken Burns. The films he creates tell stories from history through images and film footage with narration. They also feature a good deal of music that significantly helps with telling these stories.

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AllMusic’s Albums of the Year

by Brian H. You may be tempted to go for the list of the top albums of the year from Rolling Stone magazine, or Pitchfork, or NPR, or Billboard while searching for music of note from 2017. However, may I suggest you give a look and listen to this list of the 70 best albums from […]

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Keeping Score

by Brian H. San Francisco Symphony and MTT The inner orchestra nerd is coming out in me for this BiblioFiles post. I have a favorite American symphony orchestra that I want share with you, The San Francisco Symphony. This orchestra is currently led by a favorite conductor of mine too, Michael Tilson Thomas (aka MTT). […]

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

by Brian H. National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15- Oct. 15) is a perfect reason to highlight music of Spanish language origins.  Not that one needs a reason to highlight this music and these artists.  No doubt, this is music to listen to every month of the year. iLe First, an incredible singer and composer […]

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