Listening Parties Online

Photo by Elice Moore on UnsplashWelcome to “Listening Parties,” the library’s online music discussion group.

Every month, Librarian Michael Farley presents a solo artist, a band, a time period or style.  Active listening is the focus.
What do you hear?  What do you like, what does it mean to you? Tell us why! Sharing your thoughts is encouraged.
Expect to see a wide range of genres represented: pop, rock, jazz, classical, country or folk. Suggestions are welcome!

Discussion topics will be introduced by background material to help set the context, with biographical information, and how the artists fit into the history of music.

All the musical examples can be found by clicking the link to a Spotify playlist.
(Please note, if you sign up for the free version of Spotify, playlists can be played from beginning to end only a desktop computer.)
Some songs will be highlighted as critical examples. Links to specific songs will take you that song on Spotify.

JANUARY: Aaron Copland

FEBRUARY: John Abercrombie, jazz guitarist

Past Online Listening Parties

NOVEMBER: Aaron Copland

OCTOBER: Leonard Bernstein

SEPTEMBER: 10th Anniversary! The Beatles’ White Album revisited

AUGUST: Brian Wilson

JULY: 1982 and Kate Bush’s “The Dreaming”

JUNE: You Be the DJ

MAY: The Girl Groups 

APRIL: Johnny Cash

Playlists for Past Listening Parties

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