Music biographies on BorrowBox

BowieMusic can be so uplifting, and a great source of inspiration and solace to many of us still on lockdown. With this in mind why not check out the life stories of the musicians behind some of your favourite songs, with the varied and great music biographies available on BorrowBox. Here’s just a few suggestions.

Music e-book reviews

musicianIt’s always going to be hard writing a book about someone as closed personally as Rory Gallagher was, but this is as excellent a career overview of Ireland’s greatest guitarist as you can get, with plenty of old friends going back to his school days, to the roadcrew that he spent so much time with on the road, telling their tales, along with plenty of  Rory's own words from interviews over the years.

Freegal – Hard Rock

album coverHaving recently had a really good look into Freegal for the first time I decided to dig around and see what’s on there for those of us of a hard rock persuasion, so if the "keep calm and relax" playlist isn't for you and you have no interest in that Fiona Apple ad that seems to appear no matter what, this could be for you. I'm going to start with the bigger names and later on give a few recommendations of lesser-known bands  that I was pleasantly surprised to find on there.

Newly Available! Music Online: Classical Scores Library

ScoreWe are delighted to announce that, for a three month period, Dublin City Library members have access to Music Online: Classical Scores Library! Many thanks to Proquest for providing this service, allowing us as it does to expand on the range of online resources accessible from anywhere and available to our patrons during this time of lockdown and otherwise reduced service.

Live music recordings on Freegal

logoMissing live music and concerts? Our colleague Peter from Pembroke Library thinks that Freegal can help. Family, friends, colleagues, our favourite cafés, and without doubt, our local libraries; just some of the things that I think we are all looking forward to seeing again as soon as we can. Technology has let us keep in touch with the important people and places in our lives, and our libraries are still providing great services through their eResources. There is one thing that I am really missing, one that I can’t wait to experience again. That is going to a concert to see a favourite band or musician. Perhaps it is better put as the simple joy of hearing live music.

Notes of Change

Eileen GoganIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, musician Eileen Gogan responds to stories from The Long Gaze Back and talks to editor Sinéad Gleeson. They discuss the parallels and crossovers between song writing and writing, the difficulty of choosing a title, writer’s block, influences and the parallels between poetry and lyrics. Eileen is accompanied by musician Ed McGinley.

Dancing in the moonlight

moonFreegal is a free music streaming service from your library. It’s free and legal, Freegal - geddit? Freegal boasts 15 million songs ranging from today’s K-Pop tunes to curated muso playlists. Mostly it’s all sounds from Sony Music’s roster, and covers most genres, even black metal. Submitted by Sleeve Notes, Drumcondra Library. Sleeve Notes has been reading, 'Yeah, Yeah, Yeah' by Bob Stanley, and listening to 'Splashdown: The Complete Creation Recordings 1990-1992' The Telescopes.

Where is my mind? Music therapy with a difference.

bassguitarAnd now for a few thoughts from our colleague Clodagh on keeping sane whilst keeping indoors. I’m starting to get a little home-crazy. With home-schooling, home-working and home-only for the foreseeable future, all I can think of is escape from home rather than using my spare time to clean the previously untouched corners of my home. Bathroom grouting – you have no need to fear! My escape is music. Music touches almost all of us I think, we’re hooked by a bassline or drawn to a melody. I have music in every room of the house, so that I can listen as I read, cook, work or argue about how April Fool’s Day is not a national holiday and therefore home-school still goes ahead.

Get Creative in our new Recording Studios!

Creative StudioGet ready to be creative in the wonderful new recording studios located in Ballyfermot Library and soon to be available for library patron use! Aspiring musicians, podcasters, film makers, broadcasters even, take note, our Creative Studio is about to excite and delight! 

What is the Creative Studio?

It is a digital maker space facilitating the creation of music recordings, podcasts, videos, digital stories and oral histories. And more besides. At the centre of this space are two recording booths providing library patrons with access to a variety of audio and video recording equipment and software.

Libraries Rock Dublin!

culturenight2019This Culture Night marks the beginning of a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to borrow a musical instrument from Dublin City Libraries. Dublin City Libraries and Girls Rock Dublin are proud to present “GRD Gear Library”, the gear loan service designed for teenagers under 18 and launching on Culture Night with “Instrument Carousel”. Girls Rock Dublin is a non-profit, volunteer-led organisation that builds girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance.