Category Archives: Music

For Christmas Music Lovers (and Haters Too)

Christmas songsIf you are a Christmas music lover (and even if you are a Christmas music hater), you might appreciate these tidbits about seven songs we love (or hate) to listen to and sing around this time of year.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1943)
This song makes us feel wistfully warm inside today, but its original lyrics were downright morbid: “Have yourself a merry little Christmas/It may be your last/Next year we may all be living in the past.” Yikes.

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (1953)
Written by John Rox and first sung by ten-year-old Oklahoma City resident Gayla Peevey, this song was a huge hit in 1953. In the song’s honor, the Oklahoma City Times and a local television station successfully raised enough money to purchase a hippo for the city zoo, and Peevey presented Matilda, a three-year-old baby hippo weighing 700 pounds, to the zoo on Christmas Eve.

Jingle Bells (1850, published 1857)
Here’s a shocker: “Jingle Bells” isn’t even a Christmas song. It was intended by its writer, James Lord Pierpont, to be a Thanksgiving song entitled “One Horse Open Sleigh,” but it was so beloved by its first hearers that they altered the lyrics slightly and sang the song during Christmastime.

Last Christmas (1984)
Many people find this song incredibly annoying. I am certainly not one of those people, but if you are, you might hate it less if you knew that Wham! gave nearly $400,000 of the song’s royalties to relieve famine in Ethiopia.

Feliz Navidad (1970)
José Feliciano initially wrote this tune in Spanish but added English lyrics to make it more likely that American radio stations would play it. Feliciano, born blind from congenital glaucoma in a family of eleven boys in Puerto Rico, has a prolific music career beyond his world famous Christmas hit.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1934)
This song was written by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie when Eddie Cantor needed a song to sing on the radio broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Within one day of the broadcast, 100,000 copies of the song’s sheet music were sold.

O Holy Night (1847)
The lyrics of this beautiful song were written by Placide Clappeau, a French wine merchant who was the mayor of a town in southern France called Roquemaure. The music was composed by another Parisian, Adolphe Charles Adam, who, near the end of his life, was a professor of music at the Paris Conservatory. The French lyrics were translated into English by John Dwight, a clergyman who is thought to be responsible for making Beethoven well known in America.

Congratulations! You are now semi-prepared to be a contestant on a Christmas song episode of Jeopardy.

Lullaby Versions of the Music You Love!

Tired of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”?  
These lullaby albums are for baby but you will love listening to them too!
You want your little ones to have good taste in music, right?
Lull them to sleep with instrumental renditions of your favorite band’s hits!

New Arrivals: Music

Summer may have come to a close, but you can bump your favorite warm-weather tunes into the fall by checking out the latest NOW compilation. Loved 2013’s unofficial song of the summer “Blurred Lines”?  Why not give Robin Thicke’s full album a try?  The Library has also received two of this year’s most anticipated hip-hop releases: Kanye’s Yeezus and Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail.  Not into top 40 fare?  Give No Age, Disclosure, The National or Yo La Tengo a listen.


This is just a small selection of new titles at the Library; we’re always adding items to our collection.  Subscribe to our RSS feeds or browse the New Titles feature on our online catalog to keep up to date with new arrivals.

Super Bowl!


Super Bowl XLVII is right around the corner (Sunday, February 3)!
And that means friends, food, fun, and–of course–football.

A confession:
I go to a Super Bowl party every year,
and I don’t understand a thing about football.
I go for the food!

Throwing your own Super Bowl party this year?
Stop by the library for tips to help you
whip up delicious food, entertain guests, and be a fabulous host.
While you’re here, pick up some Beyonce music
to get in the mood for the halftime show!


New Arrivals: CDs

We’ve Got Your Holiday Party Soundtrack!

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John Mayer, a Submarine, and Your Library Card

On John Mayer’s latest album Born and Raised, Mayer introduces listeners to Walt Grace, a man who buried himself in his basement to build a submarine.

And his wife told his kids he was crazy

And his friends said he’d fail if he tried

But Mr. Grace paid them no attention. He kept dreaming his dream and working hard to reach it. And, eventually, he succeeded in building his submarine. How?

… with the will to work hard and a library card 

He took a homemade, fan blade, one-man submarine ride

He used the resources available to him at his local library to gain the knowledge he needed to build his submarine.

That’s the power of your library card, folks! With it, you have free access to the world’s information. Your library card can help you, too, to reach your dreams.

On a related note, give Mayer’s latest album a listen! We have it available here at the library.

“The stylistic change-up and unburdening tone
make for some of the most convincing
music of Mayer’s career.” (Rolling Stone)