Another Album from Paul McCartney

This month Paul McCartney has put out yet another CD: Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. For this album, Sir Paul has teamed up with Nigel Godrich, who has previously worked with Radiohead, leading him to create a deeper, more meaningful sound. Check out Amazon for more reviews and samples of the songs.

Get on the hold list today! The CD should arrive soon.

Baby Bits – Jazz and Mother Goose

With the Gulf Coast in our thoughts right now, bring home a flavor of New Orleans to taste with your baby. Two books with jazz and rhyme are Jazz Baby and Charlie Parker Plays Be Bop. Try the recording Mother Goose Jazz Band featuring jazz greats including Dave Brubeck, Chuck D’Aloia, and Laurel Masse, and you've got a taste of the Big Easy in your living room.

Baby Bits - Bear Count

Everyone who likes apples, bears and babies, start counting. With a book and song you like to repeat, Baby will learn to say, "Again!" Try Ten Red Apples: A Bartholomew Bear Counting Book. Learn songs to sing with Toddlers Sing Playtime and Unbearable Bears and you can sing in the car on your way to market. Don't forget to count the apples.

The Play Ground

The Play Ground is keeping busy as the musical scene heats up in the area. On the horizon is the awesome Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival of 2005. The festival will kick off September 25-29 with student jazz combos playing free shows from 6-7:30pm at Whole Foods in Ann Arbor. In addition, on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 our very own Ann Arbor District Library is presenting: Concert and Discussion: Tune Up for the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival: Odessa Harris and Johnnie Bassett Sing, Play and Discuss Blues and Jazz.

My momma said nobody played guitar like him ...

... and she may well have been right. Jimi Hendrix died 35 years ago today. Get to know him through his music, his famous performance at Woodstock, or one of the many biographies written about him since his death.

Or learn to play guitar and see how you measure up to one of the masters.


2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot may be their top seller, but my favorite Wilco album has always been Summerteeth. Although their roots in country music are still apparent, Summerteeth is definitely more of a traditional pop/rock album than their previous efforts; as the All Music Guide put it, "what once were fiddles on Wilco records are now violins." As with all of their albums, though, Summerteeth is packed with great songs.

Terry's Got Her Groove Back

Reviewers unanimously agree: Terry McMillan is back to form with The Interruption of Everything, a book filled with people you'll recognize, experiences you'll relate to and plenty of McMillan's wise humor. Desiree Taylor's dead-on narration makes this mid-life journey all the more memorable.

Bonnie Raitt is kindred soul

Calling all Bonnie Raitt fans: Time to put a hold on her new CD, "Souls Alike," which is coming out this week. Soon it will be available at the library. Can't wait to hear songs including "I Will Not Be Broken," "God Was In the Water," and "The Bed I Made." I've been a Raitt fan since 1972, when her first album, "Give it Up" came out.

The Play Ground

This Monday afternoon, while driving to work, I heard an interview on Terry Gross’ Show FRESH AIR with Sonny Rollins. Rollins, who turned 75 last week, lived a few blocks from the World Trade Center and was there when the September 11, 2001 attacks occurred. On the show he talks about his new album, Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert, the attacks and the death of his wife Lucille. The Play Ground is pleased to announce that the University Musical Society is featuring ”An Evening with Sonny Rollins” on Saturday October 1, 8pm at Hill Auditorium.

A Bigger Bang - Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones just released yet another album this month titled A Bigger Bang. So far it’s gotten good reviews, showcasing this well-established group’s talent for rock n’ roll. If you take a listen, you’ll experience some decent guitar work and classic Mick Jagger vocals.

The CD is on order now, so put yourself on the hold list!

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