Friday, January 31, 2014

Renewing Materials Online and Other Two-Minute Tutorials

Whether you need to keep practicing from a score or you left a book at home the day it was due, you may need to renew your library materials. No need to come into the library, though. You can do it online yourself for materials you are allowed to renew.

Our Two Minute Tutorial: Renew Library Items Online will teach you how:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RIP Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger, who died January 27, was so much more than a folk singer that President Obama released a statement honoring his passing.
Once called 'America's tuning fork,' Pete Seeger believed deeply in the power of song. But more importantly, he believed in the power of community -- to stand up for what's right, speak out against what's wrong, and move this country closer to the America he knew we could be. Over the years, Pete used his voice -- and his hammer -- to strike blows for worker's rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation. And he always invited us to sing along. For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always be grateful to Pete Seeger. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayer to Pete's family and all those who loved him.

Martin Luther King, Pete Seeger, Charis Horton, Rosa Parks, and Ralph Abernathy at Highlander Institute in 1957. (Photo from

Some highlights from our collection of materials by and about Seeger:
  • American Industrial Ballads (CD 23395)
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger (CD 18837 - 18838
  • How to Play the 5 String Banjo: A Manual for Beginners (MT562.S445 H6)
  • Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (DVD 3433)
  • The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger by Alec Wilkinson (ML420.S445 W55 2009)
You will find addition streaming audio by Seeger in American Song.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Backing Tracks for Drumming Contest

Hit Like a Girl, the third annual drumming contest for female percussionists, opens January 24. Entrants must provide a three-minute video showcasing their skills.

The contest provides optional backing tracks, but the library offers many more options with our drum play-along collection. You can browse the catalog for the drum play-along series or just browse the shelves at MT662.5.

The collection includes books by single artists, from Bob Marley (MT662.5 .D7 v. 25) to Rush (MT662.5 .R86 2009), and genre books such as big band (MT662.5 .D7 v. 9), funk (MT662.5 .D7 v. 5) and '90s rock (MT662.5 .D7 v. 6). Each book comes with a CDs for all the songs, each one with a drum demonstration and separate backing track. Some CDs have as a special feature that you can adjust the tempo when playing them on a computer.

So go show 'em what you (and Berklee) got. You could win lots of cool percussion gear and some bragging rights.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Historic Box Set: Black Europe

We are very excited about a new addition to the library's collection, Black Europe (CD 36408-36451, ML3488.B53 2013 v. 1 and v. 2).

Subtitled The Sounds and Images of Black People in Europe pre-1927, the comprehensive box set includes 44 discs and two 300-page books.

The full description from Bear Family, the record company that released it is here, but it starts with:
  • Hear the first recordings of Josephine Baker, the roots of European Swing and Jazz bands, and the subversive religious discs of Fela Kuti’s grandfather!
  • Follow the lives of musicians, dancers and entertainers across Europe and marvel at their amazing stories!
  • Discover audio documents, recording protocols and unseen treasures from years of research!
Or watch the promotional video: