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New BARD Additions: May 2020

This month we have a veritable bonanza of new talking books and braille music that we’ve added to BARD for your enjoyment! This includes two new podcasts from Smithsonian Folkways, a Nat King Cole songbook, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and braille music for flute and piano.

Song Stories: Time Out for “Take Five”

As with many songs, “Take Five” has a story that is more encompassing than just the notes on the page or the sounds from a recording. It talks about overcoming obstacles, articulating a creative vision, and seizing upon spontaneity. In this week’s NLS Music Notes Blog, our series “Song Stories” explores the “Cool Jazz” standard, “Take Five.”

New BARD Additions: April 2020

With this BARD update, we are excited to announce two podcast series from Smithsonian Folkways, Tapestry of the Times and Sound Sessions. We have also added more piano by ear and guitar by ear instructional titles, along with braille scores for piano, organ, and flute. If you don’t use BARD or would like to borrow […]

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: P (Part 2—Puckett, Riley)

He was nicknamed the Ball Mountain Caruso. He introduced yodeling to country music recording well before Jimmie Rodgers’ blue yodel. Meet Riley Puckett, one of the brightest stars of early country music, in today’s blog post.

Song Stories: April in Paris

This week, as part of our series, “Song Stories,” learn more about the origins of the melody and lyric that lifted the spirits of the world during the Great Depression: “April in Paris.”

New BARD Additions: March 2020

Enjoy learning music from the comfort of home with the new talking books and braille music scores now available on BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) from the NLS Music Section.