There are few people who don’t have some kind of relationship with music. I have always been quite passionate about all types of music. I’ll listen to pretty much anything, except for thrash metal, most hip hop (but some I like), trance and, as I am a heathen, most classical music. I’ll also sing like no-one’s listening. Sadly for some, they actually are.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life – Berhold Auerbach
My particular passions at present would have to be Appalachian music (part of the Bluegrass genre), Johnny Cash, those with interesting voices such as Iris Dement, Gillian Welch and Tom Waits and many New Zealand artists. I’m a sucker for a sad song or a good love song, and it has to take me on a journey, just like a good book.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent – Victor Hugo
Luckily for me, Christchurch City Libraries caters to just about musical taste and not just in the traditional CD format.
Online resources available to library members range from downloadable songs from the latest artists through to obscure academic tomes for the study of even more obscure genres and artists in Classical or Jazz. Below is just a taste of what you can find online through our web site.
- Freegal: lets you legally download and keep MP3s from the Sony Music Catalogue. You can download up to three each week.
- Naxos: The largest online streaming of classical music. Anything from libretti and synopses of over 700 operas to 164 full length videos.
- Smithsonian Global Sound: A virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural tradition, including spoken word, natural and human made sounds. Here you’ll find anything from Calypso to the sound of a frog being eaten by a snake.
- Fine Arts and Music Collection: Magazines, academic journal, audio, images and news for music as well as drama, art, history and film making.
- Music Online: Contemporary World Music from every continent, you can find everything from Bollywood to Arab Swing and Gospel.
- Oxford Music Online: A gateway offering users the ability to access and cross-search multiple musical references.
- American Song: A history database that allows people to hear an feel the music from America’s past
Add to these online resources our catalogue of CDs from Opera, through to Jazz and World music, Pop, Blues, Musicals and Country. We have concerts, operas and classical music on DVD to watch as well.
There are musical scores, biographies about well known artists, and books on the history of music.
So come searching through our catalogues, or pop into your local library and find some treasures.
Who do you love to listen to? Which artists from which genres and time periods? How do you choose to listen to music?