Music To Your Ears

Aug 28, 2017
Written by cmcguire
People listen to music no matter where they are. I frequently use hoopla, a free service you can access with your library card, to stream music on my computer while I work. I seem to focus better and am more productive with musical accompaniment. A couple weeks ago I had my all-time favorite piece of music, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, playing at full volume. One of my coworkers came in to talk to me and she jumped back when she opened my door because it was so loud.
Other coworkers also listen to music in their offices and the staff lounge. One day I heard some loud, heavy-metal, screaming music coming from our director’s office when he didn’t think anyone was around. Many of our patrons use ear jacks attached to their mobile devices while they tap their toes and sometimes even sing along while they are using the library. We have an ongoing Coloring Club that meets every week. They like listening to relaxing music in the background for a stress-reducing atmosphere.
Our most popular library programs revolve around music. This fall, we have three programs scheduled that feature different types of music.
  • Jerry Barlow, Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar, Sunday Sept. 10, 2 to 3 p.m. Barlow’s music includes lively jigs, spirited reels, and haunting airs described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.
  • Kevin Rabas, Kansas Poet Laureate, Saturday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m. Rabas is a poet, jazz musician and professor who teaches poetry and playwriting. His presentation includes poetry selections set to music.
  • Library After Hours with Tom’s Town, Friday, Oct. 6, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This big band quintet will take you back in time to the 1930s and 40s in Kansas City’s 18th & Vine jazz district, when political boss Tom Pendergast was the power behind almost everything in the region. This event is a fundraiser to benefit library programs so we can continue to provide free music, culture and educational presentations to the community. Tickets are available at the Circulation Desk: $20 each or 2 for $35.
I recently had to reset everything on my cell phone. I spent an hour selecting new ringtones for my family. There are thousands of them available in every music genre imaginable. My son plays the trombone and one of his favorites to perform is the theme from film The Magnificent 7, so that’s his ringtone. I picked Fur Elise, a famous Beethoven piano piece, for my brother, who greatly admires this classical genius. The Led Zeppelin song Kashmir was a must for my sister-in-law since she is a Zeppelin fanatic. And I have fond memories watching the Peanuts television specials with my sister growing up, so she got the Peanuts theme. Just thinking about this evokes a happy vision of Snoopy dancing. Good grief! It makes me want to get up and dance, too.