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Get ready to roar as we sing, read, dance, and move to books, songs, and rhymes all about wild animals. Join us on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at the North Branch Library, 2030 N. Locust St. for our new Music and Movement StoryTime. Stay after the program for free playtime with our instruments and dance toys. This program is free and is best for children ages 1-5, but the whole family is welcome.
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Greetings to all you folks who still like CDs! I’m still buying vinyl and occasionally shellac, so I understand.
We have some new titles in this week:
Chromatics- Kill for Love
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti- Mature Themes
An Epic No Less-Echo of Love
Sollee, Ben-Half Made Man
White, Mathew E-Big Inner
Pantha Du Prince-Elements of Light
Cry Out To Jesus (compilation)
Skyzoo-A Dream Deferred
Gabriel, Juan- Celebrando
I’m especially excited about that John Hartford compilation. As a fan of “newgrass” (a combination of tradtional bluegrass,rock and jazz that Aereo Plain helped foster), this quote from Sam Bush puts it into perspective, “Without Aereo-plain, there would be no ‘newgrass’ music.” Do yourself a favor-go out and hear Denton’s own Boxcar Bandits to get a taste of where he led us.
Get ready to dance! Join us at the North Branch Library this Saturday, February 16 at 11am for a totally rockin’ Toddler Dance Party. There will tunes both familiar and new, as well as instruments and dance toys. This program is best for ages 2-5 and light refreshments will be served. View and print the complete playlist.
Here is some of the music that we will be dancing to:
We hope to see you there!
In my research for someone unrelated in the old Denton High Bronco yearbooks circa 1962, I came across the following photo of one “Steve Fromholz”…
I figured it had to be the singer-songwriter because it fit the era and that name is kinda unusual. The next one is pretty sweet:
Which led my brain to vaguely remember a picture of him at NTSU. Sure enough, here he is in the 1964 Yucca yearbook with the more well-known Michael Martin Murphy singing an old appalacian tune that the Stanley Brothers recorded and Ralph Stanley made hugely popular about a decade ago thanks to the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack and movie.
Some kind of unbroken circle, what with the resurgence of folk-influenced music of current Denton bands such as Hares on the Mountain. The so-called “folk craze” of the early ’60s swept many a college campus but, I don’t know how many could say in retrospect that they had two very fine musicians in the making. You can read about Steve here and Michael here and about the Folk Music Club at North Texas State here.
This coming Saturday May 26th, Dan’s Silverleaf will host a benefit entitled “The Big One-Five: A Benefit for The Denton Animal Shelter Foundation” starting at 9pm and costing $8.00. Chris Flemmons of The Baptist Generals dog Brunswick is the birthday boy. Entertainment/jamz will be provided by The Heelers, The Holler Time and Kelly Upshaw. Please see the event’s Facebook page and the poster posted right below. We will be getting Holler Time and Heelers CDs at the DPL in the very near future. I beseech thee to support this event: its what little d iz all about!
New titles at the Emily Fower Library are as follows:
The Muppets – A Green and Red Christmas
Bowerbirds – The Clearing
Men – Open Your Hearts
Sent By Ravens – Mean What You Say
Black Bananas – Rad Times xpress IV
Dinnerstein, Simone – Something Almost Being Said
Now Thats What I Call Music 42
Dr. John – Locked Down
Williams, John – A Tribute To
Jones, Norah – Little Broken Hearts
Underwood, Carrie – Blown Away
Cappa, Adam – The RescueThe Jakeys – No Second Spring
Jesse and Joy- A Con Quien Se Queda ElMany Hands
The last four days have been kind of bummer…one of my all-time favorite children’s book author/illustrator and one of my favorite musicians have died. Thankfully, their talents live on through their books and music:
As many of you have already heard, Denton’s long-time blues emissary and character, Pops Carter passed away a couple weeks back at age 93. Much has been written about him over the years and it doesn’t take long to find some of it so I won’t recount his life here. You might want to check out his Facebook page and communicate with them, perhaps. I do, however, want to tell a couple personal stories and share some of Alec Williams’ pictures from the Fry Street book he and we published last year.
One of my first live music experiences in Denton was in the Fall of 1987 when my then-roommate in Bruce Hall, John Rylander, got a gig for a night playing bass with Pop’s band at the Char Hut (later the site of Jackson’s Pizza and Texas Jive- now demolished). I went to hear them and wished I could’ve been playing with them but what I remember most is how wiped out John was when he got back to our dorm room. He wasn’t a regular gigging musician at the time and was concentrating on his music composition studies, so playing several hours was a workout. Never let anyone tell you that playing blues is “easy”.
Pops also sat in with my band on at least two occaisons- there may have been more but that was a while back. I bet most if not all musicians around here who had Pops sit in would to a man or woman tell you how his presence lit up the joint. And, if your gig was dying, as some of mine surely did, he made you feel good about what you played and could make the people like you for at least as long as he was onstage. Well, that was my experience, at least. Thanks, Pops.
Few musicians are able to revolutionize how their instrument is played and Earl Scruggs was one. He belongs in that category of rare species that mark a point in the evolution of an instrument where you can say there’s a ”Before” and an “After” along with Charlie Christian on electric guitar, Jaco Pastorius on electric bass, Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax, Clarence White on flatpicking acoustic guitar, etc.
Earl passed away on March 28, 2012 at the age of 88. We have his music here at the Denton Public Library and of course there are great videos on YouTube- specifically look for parts of the great documentary from about ’71-’72 when he formed a band with his sons and featuring a few folks named Dylan, Monroe, McGuinn, Doc, etc. Highly recommended!
The Louvin Brothers, Ira and Charlie, have been called one of the most influential duos in Country Music. And, as so often happens with brothers who collaborate, they fought like dogs but made moving sounds. Yin-yang. I just finished Charlie’s autobiography “Satan is Real”, completed shortly before his death at age 83 in 2011. Here is the cover in full pulp fiction glory:
Pretty cool idea for a book cover: make it look like a dime store pulp fiction novel and base it on one of the cheesiest, classic album covers of all time. The thing is, its all true and reiterates my belief that reality is oftentimes stranger than fiction and more powerful because of it.
Charlie may have followed a straighter path than Ira’s womanizing, alcoholic one, but his storytelling pulls no punches both in language and subject matter. The reader gets a good sense of their hardscrabble upbringing, life on the road, and the volatile nature of their relationship. In full Nudie suit glory: Ira on the left, Charlie on the right-
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Have fun while learning about music at the Denton Public Library. Vivace Studios presents this 45-minute program that introduces the different musical instrument families and the fundamentals of music in an engaging, fun way. A live musical demonstration by a professional musician is also provided. This program is intended for grades 3-4, and no registration is necessary.
Tuesday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.
For more information, contact Dana Tucker, Public Services Librarian, at 940-349-8715 or at email@example.com
For other news items on the City of Denton, visit our website at www.cityofdenton.com, go to Quick Links and click on Press Releases.