--------------> Missed the Grammy Awards?

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Here’s a short... ok, not-so-short... list of award winners. If you want to know the winners in all 108 catergories, check out the Grammy website.

Personally, I question some of the choices, but I’ll hold my tongue… for now…

Album of The Year
Dixie Chicks - Taking the Long Way

Best Score Sountrack Album
John Williams, Composer – Memoirs of a Geisha sountrack

Best Pop Vocal Album
John Mayer - Continuum

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett - Duets: An American Classic

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Third Day – Wherever You Are

Best R&B Album
Mary J. Blige – Breakthrough

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Beyoncé – B’Day

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin – Hero

Best Alternative Music Album
Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere

Best Rock Album
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium

Best Rap Album
Ludacris – Release Therapy

Best Electronic/Dance Album
Madonna - Confessions (on a dance floor}

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Béla Fleck - The Hidden Land

Best Traditional Folk Album
Bruce Springsteen – We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
Bob Dylan – Modern Times

Baby Bits - Kittens with Mittens

For babies with books .... mittens and hats and snow .... try Three Little Kittens; The Snowy Day; Do You Have A Hat?; Hello Snow; and All You Need For A Snowman. Happy snowflakes !

"You're a good man, sister."

Who else could have said this if not tough guy, Sam Spade, the no frills detective of The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. On February 14, 1930, The Maltese Falcon was published by Alfred A. Knopf in New York. It was originally published as a story in the pulp crime magazine, Black Mask and later became the famous film starring Humphrey Bogart as Spade. Hammett drew on his work as a Pinkerton detective to create the rough characters in his novels. His gritty stories that were set in the dark corners of the city became a precedent for what later was called the "hard boiled detective novel." Hammett later became a screen writer and was active in defending writers during the McCarthy hearings.

Other writers of the "hard boiled genre" are:

Raymond Chandler
James M. Cain
Ian Rankin
Dan Simmons and
Jim Fusilli.

Hey! Listen to This - Blood and Chocolate

So, Vivian must choose between her werewolf world and her love for a human.
If you've never listened to a story read by, Alyssa Bresnahan, now if a good time to start.
Sharing only the title, Elvis Costello has a cd Blood & Chocolate that's worth your time too.

Welcome Back

After a three year absence from the Billboard 200 Chart, Norah Jones has her third number one cd on the chart with Not Too Late. You can see Norah Jones at michtheater.org Friday, May 4 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale February 14 at 10:00 am.

Happy Birthday, Charles and Sinclair

Today, February 7, is the birthday of two novelists also known as social critics, Charles Dickens and Sinclair Lewis, Dickens in 1812 and Lewis in 1885. While Dickens wrote about the deplorable working conditions and poverty of London and environs, Lewis wrote on the inequalities of race and the second class status of women and the powerless in 1930's America. Lewis was the first American novelist to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930. Check out all the wonderful film adaptations of Dickens' novels that are at the Library. Lewis's novels, Elmer Gantry and Dodsworth are also in our film collection.

John Mellencamp's Freedom's Road

Freedom's Road by John Mellencamp debuted at number five this week on the Billboard 200 Chart. This is his first top ten cd in ten years. That last top ten cd was Mr. Happy Go Lucky.

Blue October: Foiled... Again?

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Blue October is coming to Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit on Saturday, Feb. 2nd @ 8pm.

And guess what? AADL has their latest album, Foiled. If you like The Fray, then I think you'll enjoy Blue October. :-)

Anna Molly

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Guess what kids, Incubus is coming to the State Theatre (in Detroit, not A2) on Friday, Feb. 2nd @ 6:30pm.

Before you head down to the D, check out their latest album, Light Grenades. Want more? AADL has all things Incubus... well, not really... but you get my drift...

"Smoke gets in your eyes," Mr. Kern

Today, January 27, is the birthday of American composer, Jerome Kern. Kern was born in New York City in 1885. In addition to writing scores for stage and screen, Kern wrote many memorable songs like "Ol' Man River" and "The Last Time I saw Paris." His song, "The Way You Look Tonight" won an Oscar for the best song of the year in the film, "Swing Time." Who can forget those sweetest of verses:

"Lovely...Never, ever change.
Keep that breathless charm.
Won't you please arrange it?
'Cause I love you...Just the way you look tonight."

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