Led Zeppelin and Tchaikovsky

One of my earliest music memories is my Dad playing me Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. He was always more of a Led Zeppelin fan in truth, so his knowledge of classical music was surprising. Then again anyone who listens to the 1812 Overture with its cannon fire and chimes at the end would be forgiven in thinking this may have been the start of “heavy metal”.

I can and do stream the 1812 Overture on Naxos Music Library and Music Online. I only did it at work once and my productivity went up – true story. By the end of that piece of music I felt like I could run a marathon despite being stuck at my desk. I only did it once at work though, because people stared at my manic legs jiggling up and down and my hands waving invisible conductor batons.

If you enjoy music in all its forms then we have streaming eResources for you available 24/7. I mean who doesn’t want to listen to Turkish Hip Hop on Contemporary World Music? Or maybe watch Verdi’s La Traviata at the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden on Naxos Video Library? There is a huge range for everyone to help you rediscover past musical memories and make new ones. I think it was Dick Clark who said “music is the soundtrack to your life”. What will your soundtrack be? Mine started with cannon fire let us hope it doesn’t end with a whimper.

Discover Japanese hip hop with Freegal

Tomorrow Sunday 1 March The Japanese Society of Canterbury will host the 4th Canterbury Japan Day. On the basis of past experience, this is guaranteed to be an event not to miss, which promises to give Christchurch residents the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture in all its wonderful variety.

To keep with the Japanese theme, our colleague Tomo, who works at Linwood Library at Eastgate, has selected the following songs that he used to like when he lived in Japan, most of which he still listens to.

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  • Master Low3 by Low IQ 01 – Tomo recommends this entire album of punk rock music.
  • Kemuri by DJ Krush – DJ Krush was a pioneer of Japanese hip hop. Tomo likes “how he established a new genre of hip hop back in the ’90s”.
  • Neva Enuff by Zeebra – Zeebra is another pioneer of Japanese hip hop. His song Neva Enuff is inspired by the 2000 film Brother by Takeshi Kitano.
  • Brand New Sunset by Hi-Standard – Japanese hardcore punk by the most popular band and the driving force in the underground scene in the ’90s.
  • 400 by Shing02 – Shing02 is a multilingual rapper with a straightforward message that addresses social issues.
  • Dreamland by AGQ – A tribute song for Nujabes who died in a car accident in 2010. Nujabes was an internationally respected hip hop producer and DJ.

For a different style of Japanese music, check out Tomo’s selections in the Freegal Friday Lunar New Year post.

How to use Freegal

Not sure how to go about using Freegal? The instructions are straightforward. The key thing to remember is that you can download (and keep for good) three free music MP3s (or one video and one MP3) every week. All you need is your library card and PIN.

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Freegal Friday: Old and new

Christchurch music lovers – every week get your Freegal on and download your three free music MP3s.

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Freegal Friday: Happy Lunar New Year!

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Yesterday was the first day of the Year of the Sheep, so this week’s Freegal Friday selection highlights music from some of the countries that celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year.

The albums have been chosen by library colleagues with Chinese, Korean, and Japanese heritage.

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Yang’s Chinese choices

  • Winter Jasmine by Xia Fei-Yun: Yang’s favourite is the song Winter Jasmine, but he says: “Actually I’d recommend the whole album – authentic Spring Festival music played with traditional musical instruments”.
  • Lion Dance by Xia Fei-Yun: Yang highlights Bamboo-Flute Tune because the “bamboo-flute has a fresh and clear sound that makes people feel refreshed”.
  • Jasmine Flower by Guo Gan Trio: Yang’s picks include Mo Li Hua, which is the soundtrack from a famous Chinese song, and Chen Jiang Hua Yue Ye, a famous traditional piece of Chinese music.

Jo’s Korean picks

Tomo’s Japanese selections

How to use Freegal

Not sure how to go about using Freegal? The instructions are straightforward. The key thing to remember is that you can download (and keep for good) three free music MP3s (or one video and one MP3) every week. All you need is your library card and PIN.

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Freegal Friday: A mixtape saved my Valentine

Valentines Day is tomorrow and if you haven’t got your beloved a present yet, Freegal is here to save the day! Make your love a mixtape using tracks from Freegal. Let Paul Anka, Hi-Gravity, Jacques and more serenade your loved one tomorrow:

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Not sure how to go about using Freegal? The instructions are straightforward. The key thing to remember is that you can download (and keep for good) three free music MP3s (or one video and one MP3) every week. All you need is your library card and PIN.

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Freegal Why?day

Cover of Why by No HitterOne of our first questions is why? Why is the sky blue? Why do I have to go to bed now? Why can’t I have lollies for dinner?

Here’s a bunch of albums and songs that ask why?

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Songs

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Christchurch music lovers – every week get your Freegal on and download your three free music MP3s.

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Freegal Friday: Today in History

So it turns out January 23 is a highly significant day in the history of music (according to on-this-day.com). Cast your eye down these musical milestones and give them a listen on Freegal:

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  1. Moonglow by Lionel Hampton and his Sextet – January 23 1941 – Artie Shaw and his Orchestra record Moonglow.
  2. Horses/Horses by Patti Smith – January 23 1977 – Patti Smith fell off stage during a concert and broke her neck.
  3. Down Memory Lane with the Ames Brothers – January 23 1978 – Vic Ames died in a car accident.
  4. Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Nirvana – January 23 1988 – Nirvana record its first demo tape.
  5. James Brown Live – January 23 1989 – James Brown sentenced to six years in jail for drug, driving, weapons and assault charges.
  6. The Essential Mariah Carey – January 23 2002 – EMI releases Mariah Carey from her contract after her album Glitter sells only two million copies.

Not sure how to go about using Freegal? The instructions are straightforward. The key thing to remember is that you can download (and keep for good) three free music MP3s (or one video and one MP3) every week. All you need is your library card and PIN.

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Freegal Friday: A tiki tour through Latin America and Spain

Photo of SteffiOur Freegal Friday travel guide this month is Steffi, who works at Upper Riccarton Library.

Steffi is originally from Mexico and has selected songs covering different Latin American and Spanish genres.

  1. El Cascabel by Mariachi America – Mariachi is a form of folk music from Mexico. The word ‘mariachi’ derives from the word ‘mariage’, dating from the French intervention in Mexico.
  2. Mambo Gozon by Tito Puente – Mambo is a musical form and dance style from Cuba. It means ‘conversation with the gods’ in Kikingo, one of the languages spoken by the African slaves taken to Cuba.
  3. Al Mundo Le Falta Un Tornillo by Armando Pontier y su Orquesta Tipica – Tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1890s along the Rio de la Plata and quickly spread to the world thanks to its sensuality and passion.
  4. La Pollera Colora by Chelo – Cumbia is a music genre popular thoughout Latin America that originated in Colombia’s Caribbean coast. It is a fusion of a courtship dance practiced among the African population and the Spanish music brought during colonial times.
  5. Alegrias by Luis Moneo, Antonio Jero and Santiago Moreno – Flamenco is a folk music and dance style from Andalusia in Spain. It includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps).
  6. Danza Kuduro by Boombastic – Reggaeton has its roots in Latin and Caribbean music, but is heavily influenced by Hip Hop and Jamaican Dance Hall. It is most popular in Puerto Rico.

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Not sure how to go about using Freegal? The instructions are straightforward. The key thing to remember is that you can download (and keep for good) three free music MP3s (or one video and one MP3) every week. All you need is your library card and PIN.

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Freegal Friday: a Dutch smorgasbord

Photo of SusanThis week’s Freegal Friday takes us to The Netherlands, with picks from Susan, who works at Central Library Peterborough.

Susan says:

“I like this real mixture of different genres including one modern Saint Nicholas song for my daughter. The more classic ones remind me of my Oma who used to play these regularly. It is just really nice to hear music in my first language and sing along loudly”.

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Do you have a favourite Dutch song? Or a special song that your grandmother used to play? Please do share in the comments.

Not sure how to go about using Freegal? The instructions are straightforward. The key thing to remember is that you can download (and keep for good) three free music MP3s (or one video and one MP3) every week. All you need is your library card and PIN.

Freegal Friday: One R2-D2 To Rule Them All

Normally on Freegal Friday we highlight a selection of goodies that can be downloaded by Library members for free from Freegal. This week however there was room for only one title. A song that crosses the streams of Christmas, Star Wars and Jon Bon Jovi. Our early Christmas gift for you is R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

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The Star Wars Holiday Special is infamous in Star Wars lore for its cheesy tone and general shunning by the franchise, even though it is mostly classified as canon. Its lesser-known cousin is Christmas in the Stars, a LP and cassette focusing on the story of a Christmas droid toy-making factory. Songs include The Odds Against Christmas, The Meaning of Christmas and that holiday favourite What Can You Get A Wookie for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?). But among this galaxy of Christmas tunes, why pick out R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas? Three words Jon Bon Jovi.

In his first professional recording, 17-year-old Jon Bon Jovi provides the vocals for this piece of Star Wars kitsch. Check it out, along with other Rare and Unusual Christmas Songs and download it with your library card and PIN.