We Got The Beat! By Kari Denison


We got the beat and we want you to know about it!

Did you know the library has a music collection available for patron check out?

Interested in country music?  Come check out Willie Nelson, Faith Hill or Ricky Van Shelton (to name a few).  Like jazz?  Try John Coltrane, Big Band Jazz Recordings or Lena Horne.  The collection has range:  rock, classical, popular, jazz, country, piano, opera, contemporary, acoustic, blues, alternative, bluegrass, new age, dixieland, instrumental, rhythm and blues, and holiday music.  Spectacular!

The library has approximately 370 CDs available in the music collection and is organized at the back of the media section on the main level. There are so many to choose from: check out September Gurls by the Bangles or pay tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers by checking out “Echo,” their powerful 1999 album.

Need a reason to listen or engage with music?  Music has the potential to boost one’s mood and motivate. It can be an outlet of expression and a way to release energy. Music can ease and relax.  It can connect and unite.  Music is nostalgic and with us and with us in the everyday.  It tells stories and creates stories.  It’s imaginative.  Music is love.

Music has tremendous potential as well as healing and therapeutic attributes.  Numerous studies have been done to determine the benefits that music can have on an individual. Waking the Spirit: A Musician’s Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul by Andrew Schulman “explores the power of music to heal the body and awaken the spirit”.  This non-fiction title is available through interlibrary loan.  Personal testimonies display potential of music therapy, such as in Cathleen Lewis biography – Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives.

The Lewistown Public Library also has a wide variety of biographies on musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, Jimmy Buffett, David Bowe and Marie Osmond.  Biographies on DVDs span from Sing Your Song (Harry Belafonte) Susanne Rostock,  Imagine, John Lennon by Andrew Solt, Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras by Polly Steele, Amy by Asif Kapadia and Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me by James Keach.

Try some different music and realize ‘We Got the Beat!’ at the Lewistown Public Library.

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