Arlington Public Library just acquired hoopla, the nifty streaming and downloadable music/audiobook source with scores of content ranging from Top 40 to spoken word, all waiting to be discovered, borrowed and enjoyed by you on a PC or mobile device.
Here’s a list of my some of my favorites, gone too soon but living and waiting to be rediscovered in hoopla. A random browse list.
Lesley Gore: Some of my earliest memories of listening to songs on the radio: “It’s My Party” and “You Don’t Own Me.” Girls will be Grrrls.
Percy Sledge: “When a Man Loves a Woman” — enough said.
B.B. King: the blues are not really my thing but you gotta appreciate the lack of subtlety of “The Thrill is Gone.”
Jack Ely, lead singer of the Pacific Northwest’s Kingsmen: “Louie, Louie.” I first knew the cover by the Kingsmen’s geographic kin, Paul Revere and the Raiders, but their version is decidedly more bubblegum less snarl. A staple of every 7th grade school dance. “Said we gotta go.”
Jimmy Greenspoon, keyboardist, Three Dog Night: So so many great songs to choose from. “One is the Loneliest Number” (penned by Harry Nilsson), “How does your light shine, in the halls of Shambala,” “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Liar” and a great cover of Laura Nyro’s “Eli’s Coming.” Classic oldies.
Leonard Nimoy: “Greatest Hits.” #seriously? BUT who can resist “Spock Thoughts”? Three full minutes of new age-y aphorisms like “avoid loud and aggressive persons. They are vexations to the spirit.” Or “be gentle with yourself … you are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars … you have a right to be here.” Yeah.
Jean Ritchie, the voice of Appalachia: To say she was integral to the folk music revival is like saying the Beatles were integral to the British Invasion. “Blue Diamond Mines.” The first Ritchie I learned to sing.
Ronnie Gilbert, the “girl” in the seminal folk group, The Weavers: “Kisses Sweeter than Wine.” Perfection.
It was just last week we lost jazz giant Ornette Coleman, who charted his own course and changed the rules.
And one to grow on:
Explore the offerings of hoopla and use the comments section below to tell us your favorite find. Because of licensing, certain artists, albums and audiobooks may not be available. But you just might find you get what you need.