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Music for (All of) the Ages | Music Matters

Whether the vagaries of early spring temperatures are keeping energetic kids indoors or parents are thinking ahead to summer road trips, music that can be enjoyed by every member of the family is worth its weight in gold.

B Is for Harmony | Music Matters

The second letter of the Greek alphabet comes up a lot when considering harmony singing in mid- to late 20th-century popular music. A survey of other harmony-rich groups finds many that share that first initial.

Like a Rolling Stone | Music Matters

Throughout its history, Rolling Stone advocated for emerging artists that harken back to 1960s rock and roll while overlooking many albums that became classics; the following list includes some of the publication’s major hits (and a few misses).

Best Media 2017: Music

This year, our ears were graced by many great albums—even a few brilliant ones. But two stood out from the crowd: Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds—my pick for album of the year—and ­Thundercat’s Drunk.

Tom Petty, 1950–2017 | Music Matters

Both dedicated and casual music fans mourned the passing of rock star Tom Petty (1950–2017) on October 2. His death has inspired many to consider the artist’s influences and his achievements over the course of his 40-year career.

Train in Vain | Music Matters

Recently, a patron came in and asked for train sounds on CD. Easy enough; libraries always seem to have at least one sound effects CD lying around at all times, right? We did have one that was supposed to be on shelf at that particular location, but it was all Halloween sound effects (i.e., no train sounds), and it was lost or missing.

Women in Jazz: Part 2 | Music Matters

Back in May we began the first of a three-part series about women in jazz (LJ 5/1/17, p. 49). This month, let’s pick up where we left off, looking at women jazz instrumentalists and composers from the 1960s and 1970s.

Disco Fever

In light of the Library of Congress’s Bibliodiscotheque, disco celebration, let’s consider the essential disco songs.

Women in Jazz: Part 1 | Music Matters

By collecting and promoting music by women in jazz, we can be a part of a countervailing force of inclusivity. To this end, I’d like to devote my next three columns to sharing a few amazing women jazz musicians and key recordings, so you can guarantee your library’s jazz collection isn’t a “boys only” club.

Making Libraries Sing | Music Matters

Instead of focusing on a genre of music, or items to add to your collections, this column offers a shout-out to a librarian with a double life, and the work she and others do to bring music to patrons in a variety of ways.