Brain Teaser – Singer-Songwriters


In the world of popular music, singer-songwriters not only sing but also write songs, usually for themselves to sing. Try to answer these questions about singers who also write songs. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online. Do you know, you can download 5 free songs each week from the Library to keep forever? Give Freegal a try.

1. Which US singer-songwriter had the most successful album of the early 1970s, in a duo with Art Garfunkel, with “Bridge Over Troubled Water”?

2. Which popular singer and songwriter had best-selling albums with “Off The Wall” (1979) and “Thriller” (1982)?

3. Born Robert Zimmerman in 1941, which influential singer-songwriter “went electric” for the albums “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Blonde on Blonde”?

4. Which singer-songwriter was murdered by Mark David Chapman in 1980?

5. Which Canadian singer-songwriter composed the songs “Both Sides Now” and “Big Yellow Taxi”?

6. P. J. Harvey is a singer-songwriter. What is her first name (starting with P)?

7. Which Canadian singer-songwriter was a poet and novelist before he made albums entitled “Songs from a Room” and “Death of a Ladies’ Man”?

8. Which American singer-songwriter made albums called “Tuesday Night Music Club” and “The Globe Sessions” and performed the title track to the James Bond movie “Tomorrow Never Dies”?

9. Which female singer-songwriter reached the American Top Five with “Chuck E’s in Love” (1979)?

10. Which singer-songwriter married singer-songwriter Carly Simon in 1972?

How do you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

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Have You Downloaded Your 5 Free Songs This Week?


I received a call from a patron a few days ago and he was wondering why the music offerings in the eMedia Catalog were so sparse. I explained, we had switched to a different service for music called Freegal (free and legal) to provide our card holders in LVCCLD’s taxing district with the music they want most.

What’s so wonderful about this download service? The card holder can keep the songs he/she downloads forever! Each week, you can download 5 songs of your choice using your LVCCLD library card. Save them to your computer and transfer them to your iPod, MP3 player and/or burn them to a CD.

To make it even easier, there is an app so you can download songs directly to you mobile device.

New songs are added daily, so if you don’t see what you want this week, search for it again next week. There are 100,000’s of thousands of songs to download, from the big band era to the newest releases.

So, what did you download this week?

Freegal – Free Music


This week we gave our free music site – Freegal – a great new look, an improved search engine, upgraded capacity and quicker browsing access to the most popular music.   The alphabetical browsing of artists is still there, but it has been moved to the genres page, which is accessed by pressing the “see all genres” button on the lower left part of the home page.

Freegal is busy loading in over 2 million songs from over 15,000 music labels through their new distribution deal with IODA Alliance.  That process should be complete by the end of the month.

At the end of this month, we expect to notify you of the availability of the Freegal Mobile apps for Apple and Android.

Brain Teasers – Pop Albums


This week’s brainteaser is about albums of popular music. Can you say which group or artist released these albums in the years indicated?  Need help? Use Credo Reference.

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967).

2. The Dark Side of the Moon (1973).

3. Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967) and Sticky Fingers (1971).

4. Pop (1997) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004).

5. Aladdin Sane (1973) and Heroes (1977).

6. Californication (1999) and Stadium Arcadium (2006).

7. The College Dropout (2004) and Graduation (2007).

8. Songs in the Key of Life (1976).

9. Heart of Stone (1989) and Believe (1998).

10. Such Sweet Thunder (1957).

From Credo Reference.

Brain Teaser – Keyboards


Minimoog synthesizer

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This brainteaser is about keyboard instruments – musical instruments which have a keyboard.  Need help? Use Credo Reference Online. For more of Credo’s musical content, check out their Music Libguide.

1. Are the white keys at the front or the back of a modern keyboard?

2. Is a concertina usually bigger or smaller than an accordion?

3. The Moog synthesizer was developed by a man called Moog – true or false?

4. How is the air normally pumped in a harmonium?

5. What kind of piano did Harold Rhodes develop with Leo Fender?

6. What is a portative organ?

7. Add the correct keyboard instrument to this title of a composition by Bartók premiered in 1937: “Music for Strings, Percussion and…”

8. How are the strings of a harpsichord sounded?

9. The hydraulis was an early form of which keyboard instrument?

10. What are the keys of a carillon usually made of?

How did you do?0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)