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How Music Works

How Music WorksFor those of us who like to take things apart and see how they work, there’s a new book: How Music Works by John Powell.  A little science, a little psychology… now I know why a piece of music with no lyrics can actually make you cry. 

 

Audio Books Playlist For Children

Many of you will soon be celebrating Spring Break. So, I wanted to highlight audio books for young children. The items that I have chosen not only include the picture book, but they also include a musical CD version. I encourage you to try these out during your next car trip.

I Can't Wait!

Jenny Berggren - To Win the WorldMy 2012 book year started on a high note when I learned that my favorite singer, Jenny Berggren, is set to release her autobiography in English. You may not immediately recognize the name, but if you've ever heard "The Sign", "Don't Turn Around" or "Beautiful Life", then you've heard Jenny Berggren's work as a part of Swedish pop sensation Ace of Base.

Music Education

Ever find yourself stuck trying to come up with good songs to add to your playlist?  These books will lead you to some of the best recordings ever made.  Use these guides to recall your favorites and discover some new tunes along the way:

Movies & Music: A Holiday Tradition

origami ornamentChristmas is my very favorite holiday. I love everything about it. I love that Christmas lasts all month and one radio station plays nothing but Christmas music. I love trimming the tree and hanging stockings, baking cookies and eating them, too! I love giving presents (and receiving presents), dreaming of a white Christmas, and spending time with family. Most of all, I adore singing all my favorite Christmas songs and curling up on the couch and watching all my favorite Christmas movies.

Christmas Music Origins

Ever wonder about the stories behind all those Christmas carols playing on the radio?  These three books will tell you how songs like "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "O Holy Night" came about. 
 
You may learn something about the songs you've been hearing, although it's no guarantee the music will stop spinning in your head.
 

Sing In The Key Of Off

Singing For DummiesI've spent much of my life singing.  Not professionally, of course.  I'll sing along with the radio in my car, while watching a movie at home, and when any old 

The Story Behind the Song

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the SongDid you know that the song “Stop in the Name of Love” was written by a man who had just been caught cheating on his girlfriend? She was standing at a motel in front of him with a bat when the phrase came out of his mouth. Not the best moment for the phrase, but what a great song! Take a look at Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song to find out all the interesting stories behind some of the most popular songs of the past few decades.

 

Songwriters vs. Poets: A Battle Royale (Or a Long-simmering Grievance Aired to No Good Effect)

Our lives would be so much better if everyone had their own horn sectionPetrarch and his Favorite Axe, after a fresco by Andrea del Castagno.
John Prine is a songwriter I admire a lot. I can’t listen to any of the many covers of “Angel from Montgomery” without getting all wistful and gooey inside.

Gleek Out!: Beyond the Glee Soundtrack

I've spend the last 24 hours "gleeking out" over Glee: The Music, Season 1. Even though most of the songs have been available online since the show started, I love having everything on the official CD. But what do you do when you have all the songs memorized? Go back to the source material by the original artists!

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