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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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Jul 27

Music Notes: Tune in to these musical biographies

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 5:15 PM 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!

Book cover for George Harrison Behind the Locked DoorThe Notes from the Music Staff column endeavors to share some interesting facts about music while highlighting some of our music collection. But we aren’t just fans of our musical offerings. We also love to read books about music, especially biographies of some of the fascinating musicians whose music we carry. This month, tune in to these recent and new biographies of your favorite musicians.

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