I saw the movie Les Miserables in the theater over the holidays. I really liked it. So when I saw that the Les Miserables movie soundtrack came out, I was excited. Unfortunately, after listening to it, I was disappointed. When the CD said Highlights from the motion picture soundtrack, that’s what they mean. The CD is serious lacking some important songs, especially the song Little People. I did enjoy listening to Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman singing. If you’re looking for the complete musical, check out the cd entitled Les Miserables: the original London Cast. I think you will enjoy it more. I have to say that some of my dislike of the soundtrack may be because I listened to the original London cast recording before listening to the highlights of the movie soundtrack CD. The cast recordings are almost always are better than any movie remake cd. Just my opinion. Listen and tell me what you think.
Have your checked our Holiday CD shelves lately? You can easily tell where the holiday music is located– because of the big empty space. Even if you wanted to place a CD on hold you may not get it soon enough. What else can you do? Here are 2 free services that you can try that will provide the music you want right now. All you need is a computer or smart phone. Pandora and Spotify are streaming music services. Pandora will give you more of a radio-like experience. You type in an artist or song and you get songs that are similar to what you selected. Spotify is more like creating a playlist from iTunes. You can put in a specific artist and listen to the entire album. It has just recently opened to the public in the U.S. So don’t let a lack of holiday music turn you into a Grinch, try these two services and have a Happy Holiday!
On Thursday, November 1st the 46th annual CMA awards will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. This is country music’s biggest night! It will be broadcast live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. It will be televised from 7-10pm. Watch and see what country music favorites will win this year!
In additon to the actress Meryl Streep, the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts has honored 4 musicians. The show will be televised on December 27th. The four musicians are: cellist Yo-Yo Ma, recording artist Neil Diamond, broadway musical performer Barbara Cook, and jazz great Sonny Rollins. Come to the library and familiarize yourself with these wonderful musicians’ music. Check out some of their CDs today.
The Grammy nominations were announced yesterday. Kanye West topped the nominations with 7, beating out Adele by 1. Check out this list for other nominees. The Grammy Award’s show will be on February 12, 2012. If you are unfamiliar with one of the nominees, this would be a great opportunity to find their cd at the library. Then you will be familiar with them for the award show. Happy Listening!
Don’t forget that the 45th Annual County Music Awards are on tonight. Tune in tonight at 7pm. Country stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are hosting the show. You can check out more information at this website http://source.cmaworld.com/. You won’t have to wait long to see who the winners are!
Are you tired of radio stations playing music that you don’t like? Try www.pandora.com. It’s based on the Music Genome Project. You can set it up to play only the songs or artists you like. It will also give you suggestions to other music that is similar to your taste. You don’t need to download anything…it will play from your browser. Why not give it a try? It’s free! (reviewed by Amy)