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Mar 27

Digital Library Spotlights: Meet Freegal

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on March 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

On today's Digital Library Spotlight we will learn about Freegal, a free music streaming platform

You may be safeguarding yourself by staying in, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the library! Your free York County Public Library Card gets you access to a world of digital resources. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring them right here, on Off the Beaten Shelf.

Today we'll focus on Freegal, the library's free music service! To learn more, click on "Continue Reading..." below.

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Feb 16

Music Notes: What's in a (genre) name?

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on February 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Notes from the Music Staff logoStaff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

Best of Blue-eyed Soul album coverAfter the Grammy Awards aired a few weeks ago, you may find yourselfwondering — why do we have music genres anyway? The reasons vary, but today we hope to shed some light on the names we attach to music styles.

The names of some genres trace back to early radio stations wanting music execs to identify musicians by their type of music. This could make answering questions like the following easier: "Would Hank Williams be suitable for my country-western listeners?"

But a lot of genre names come from the artists themselves or from the style of music or even location. Continue reading for examples.

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Tag(s): Music Notes, Music

Dec 13

Music Notes: Little-known facts about Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on December 13, 2017 at 6:17 PM by Elizabeth Land

LP cover for White Christmas by Irving BerlinNow that the holiday season is upon us, we've been listening to a lot of seasonal music. We even created a featured display of our Christmas music collection at both libraries. But with the recent snow, we only thought it appropriate to explore some little-known facts behind one of our favorite Christmas songs.
White Christmas 
  • "White Christmas" was one of 1,500 songs written by Jewish songwriter Irving Berlin. It was conceived by Berlin on the set of the film "Top Hat" in 1935. The story goes that Berlin shouted to his musical secretary, Helmy Kresa: "Grab your pen and take down this song. It's the best song I ever wrote. Hell, it's the best song anybody ever wrote."

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