Perspectives on Music Discovery | Music Matters

In a 2002 interview with the New York Times, David Bowie famously predicted within a decade music’s ubiquity would be such that its presence would be unremarkable, “like running water or electricity.” Fifteen years later, the prophecy has proven prescient, if not downright uncanny (though somewhat less percipient were his subsequent warnings about the imminent demise of copyright).

Keeping Your Collection Fresh | Music Matters, February 1, 2017

Obviously, not all musicians are created equal in quality or in popularity. The goal is to create a representative collection that will be used—and this is where patron requests enter the picture. What are people asking for most often?

Best Media 2016: Music

Music columnists Robin Bradford and Steve Kemple score their Top Five albums of 2016, which include artists Beyoncé, Nick Cave, and Bruno Mars, along with a slew of Honorable Mentions to keep users glued to their devices. Will we ever see the end of Hamilton?

Women Composers, Part 3 | Music Matters, December 2016

In this final installment of this three-part series exploring women composers, we’ll focus on women currently pushing the boundaries of music and ­composition

Women Composers, Part 2 | Music Matters

In my previous column, we began a three-part series exploring female composers, beginning with the Medieval through early Romantic period. Here, we’ll look at artists of the 20th ­century.

Keeping Up with the Kids | Music Matters, October 1, 2016

My first-choice discovery tool is Spotify, the music streaming service. It doesn’t have everything, of course. However, the service has a sizable variety of new music, and you’ll be able to sample a good portion of songs currently topping the charts.

Women Composers, Part 1 | Music Matters, September 1, 2016

Take a look at your classical music section. Chances are you’ll find familiar names such as Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. But where are the women? Here we’ll focus on female composers from the Medieval through early Romantic periods, ending in the 19th century.

The Year in Music (So Far) | Music Matters, July 1, 2016

Though we’ve lost far too many musical icons this year already, 2016 has also been an amazing year for new music.

Musical Arrangements | Music Matters, June 1, 2016

Pam Swaidner, manager of cataloging and metadata at the Indianapolis Public Library, and Lhisa Reish, senior cataloging specialist at Timberland Regional Library, WA, talk about the choices their libraries have made regarding music cataloging and why.

Introducing Syrian Music | Music Matters, May 1, 2016

With the ongoing, tragic events in Syria and the plight of its displaced refugees, I opted to dedicate one of my Listen to This programs to learning about Syrian culture through music (my slides and speaking notes are available at