Category Archives: Music

Research and Homework in a new age!

Gale Virtual Reference Library for Homework and Research at the Burlington Library

The Burlington Library has some new ways to do your research – while we still have lots of books to peruse for facts and background on homework topics, you can now get to them using our Gale Virtual Reference Library ebook site called GVRL. Have your library card handy, click this image and check it out! If you need help, please ask.

 

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Music Fit for a Valentine

they didn't believe meValentine’s Day is just two days away – are you still in need of the perfect soundtrack? Look no further than today’s post on the Library of Congress blog, Now See Hear!, for one of the sweetest and most popular love songs ever written.

 

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Finding inspiration in the library

Janis Joplin in 1969

Janis Joplin found her inspiration reading about the blues in her local library

The Library of Congress has been working to digitize interviews that broadcaster Studs Terkel did with prominent musicians.  There is a lot of fascinating material in this collection, including interviews with Oscar Peterson and Bob Dylan.

The one that caught our interest, though, was Janis Joplin talking about how she was inspired by Bessie Smith and other blues singers, and how she “started reading books on the blues that I found in the library.”  Take a listen:

 

Thanks to the Library of Congress and its partners, you can find a number of Studs’ interviews, with musicians and other notable interviewees, available for streaming online.

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