I recently had the incredible opportunity to see the legendary Paul McCartney in concert at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C. alongside 50,000 screaming fans, reminiscent of The Beatles’ final U.S. tour and stop at the capital city in 1966 (tickets were $4 then…mine was a bit more). Though I always claimed to be a John Lennon kind of girl—edgy, rebellious, with a healthy dose of ego—I was totally blown away, enchanted even, by this kinder, gentler Beatle. The experience had me thinking about the utter legacy the Beatles left behind—my father commented I was lucky to see McCartney, who in his opinion is the last remaining Beatle—“Ringo doesn’t count,” he said. “He was just lucky.”

Rolling Stone reported that according to the Pew Research Center, shared love of the Beatles’ music helped to bridge the generation gap in America, creating precious common ground between teenagers and their parents. “[This study]…revealed how much the Beatles continue to shape our world. Every age group surveyed from age 16 through 64 listens to rock & roll more than any other format—and the Beatles rank in the top four among every age group.”

That certainly proved to be true at CCPL’s recent End of Summer Band Night, where over 200 kids, teens, and adults flocked to the library for great live music. Supported by the Friends of the Library, the band night was a way to celebrate the accomplishments of everyone who participated in our Summer Reading Program. A favorite of the night, of course, was the Beatles’ “Revolution.”

We know the library offers so much in the way of books and of course, outstanding service. But the library also offers an outstanding music collection, where you can check out anything from the Beatles to Johnny Cash to Mozart. Visit this link to see what’s playing in the CD players of our Perryville staff. While you’re at it, tell us what music you can’t live without. In no particular order, this librarian (when she’s not reading) can’t live without:

1. The Beatles
2. Fleetwood Mac
3. Joni Mitchell
4. Prince
5. Led Zeppelin
6. Stevie Nicks
7. Otis Redding
8. Pearl Jam
9. Sheryl Crow
10. The Foo Fighters

What’s your list?

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7 Responses

  • NB Posted September 1st, 2009

    As someone pushing the other side of 40, I find the library a great place to try new bands. Checked out a CD by the Arctic Monkeys–loved “Do Me a Favour” and “Old Yellow Bricks” so much I’m going to the show at the Electric Factory next month.

  • EKJ Posted September 2nd, 2009

    My husband is not much of a reader, but he loves browsing the library CD collection – he was so excited to check out titles he didn’t own, stuff by Johnny Cash, 80s new wave bands, even nature CDs to help him fall asleep at night…

  • KRO Posted September 2nd, 2009

    I love CCPL’s CD collection. It gives me the ability to listen to lots of different music from various genres for FREE. Which fits right into my budget! I recently checked out Neko Case’s “Middle Cyclone” and I love it. Going to see the Arctic Monkeys next month in Philly, too after checking out their CD from the library.

  • LOB Posted September 3rd, 2009

    I was just going to post a recommendation for Steve Earle’s latest CD. He’s a real gritty singer songwriter with a past…and a future. Check out the CD “Townes” his tribure to his friend and mentor Townes Van Sandt. My favorite song (not on this CD) is “Condi Condi.” And listen to “Way down in the hole” from HBO’s The Wire. Steve Earle is on my mp3 player!

  • KLM Posted September 3rd, 2009

    I have to say my two new favorites are Elvis Perkins (son of Anthony Perkins, a.k.a Norman Bates of “Psycho”),a must for singer/songwriter fans that don’t like it in the box – and Pat Metheney’s “One Quiet Night” – some of the most beautiful guitar music. As to the “can’t live withouts” I would have to mention Miles Davis, Fiona Apple, The Bad Plus, Railroad Earth…to name a very, very few.

  • SDD Posted September 10th, 2009

    Desert island music you say … yes I agree w/ KLM’s Miles mention as well as The Police, Coltrane, songs and hymns that I can sing in a rocking chair or shower, Nina Simone, Fela, and of course Mozart and Bach and friends. I’m thinking Redford and Streep with his gramaphone in a Kenyan dusk. How more essential does it get?

  • DMR Posted September 14th, 2009

    Hey – I’m glad to hear there are other Steve Earl fans out there. Thought I (and my group) were the only ones!