Mary Oliver’s poems have a soft natural glow to them. They deal with a wonder for nature and the world around us. Each poem gives an opportunity to refocus on the parts of our day that are often forgotten like the wind in the leaves and the ants beneath our feet.
The effect of Mary Oliver’s poetry is quieting and eye-opening. In tough times, people often turn to poetry to find a sense of solace or understanding. Mary Oliver speaks to the broader troubles of the world by reminding us of the world we are in and often fail to be aware of or marvel at.
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– Jo Dutilloy, Music Library Circulation Assistant
The music library has its own Special Collection of LPs—78 rpm Long Playing records—that are incredibly old. They’re stored behind the circulation desk in the music library and are available to be played on turntables in the library’s listening area. Whether or not you are of the opinion that LPs sound better than CDs or digital music files, these records have a strong nostalgia value. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys the smell of old books, diving into a box of old records may be the right thing for you.
Beyond that, their historical value is undeniable. The records in the music library span from a “Collection of Rare Recordings by the Originator of Boogie Woogie” Pine Top Smith, to a 1938 recording of Irving Berlin to one of Paul Robeson’s very first records with recordings of “Were You There?” and “Steal Away” published in 1925.
So take a browse through the collection and instead of getting sucked into a series of google searches or looking on youtube for an old recording of a song by Charles Aznavour, come try it here.
Written by Jo Dutilloy, Music Library Circulation Assistant