We welcome all new staff to the Music Library this fall! Julia Mullen will be with us part-time in Music, working on the weekends and some other hours. Julia went to Philadelphia’s High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), has a master’s in English, and previously worked at the Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Romano joins the Greenfield Library AND the Music Library, since he’ll be working in both. Fortunately for us, he is both an artist (painting, pen and ink) and a musician (hammered dulcimer). Michael has a BA in history with a minor in fine arts from Rutgers University and worked in the Rutgers University Libraries prior to joining us. He is excited to join the UArts community of artists.
Lessa Keller-Kenton joins the Music Library as Circulation Assistant. Lessa (pronounced Lisa) has a BA in religious studies and will be starting her master’s in information science at Drexel in January 2015. Besides working in libraries and museums, Lessa has earned a graduate certificate and is a musician who plays the hammered dulcimer. That’s right: we now have two staff members who play the dulcimer.
Phoebe Kowalewski is switching over from the Music Library to the Greenfield Library, where she’ll serve as the Cataloger and Archival Processor Librarian.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, David Page earned a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the Cape Tecnikon in 1986 and received an MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. Recent solo shows include God and Lunchmeat at Old dominion University and “Staan Nader, Staan Terug!” (come closer, get away!) at Stevenson University. Group shows include Familiar/Peculiar at Jordan Faye Contemporary in Baltimore; “Simultaneous Presence, Sculpture at Evergreen 6”, Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, Evergreen Museum & Library, Baltimore, MD and “Bad Ideas Dead Ends and Guilty Pleasures” at the Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington DC.
– American University, Sculpture in Residence Bio. American.edu.
One of the few books of J.D. Salinger’s published work, Nine Stories collects an array of diverse stories, each a gem in its own right. There’s the story of the frustrated housewife, the soldier stricken with post-traumatic stress disorder, and the boy genius on a cruise ship with his family, to name a few. The collection also includes two stories featuring members of the Glass family, who are featured in Salinger’s book Franny and Zooey (Greenfield Open Stacks 813 Sa33f). Nine Stories is perfect for both readers new to Salinger’s work and to those who are already familiar with his literary worlds.
Whether it is a quick flip through the pages, or a deeper reading of the profiles, Dawoud Bey’s Class Pictures is a great book to pick up. Bey intimately photographs high school students and juxtaposes these images with reflections written by themselves. The accompanying text keeps the viewer returning to the portrait of the subject. I recommend this book for the casual viewers and the intense readers. You can read just a couple profiles or the entire book, but hopefully you will go away feeling as captivated as I do.
Recommended by Greenfield Library workstudy assistant Sarah Gantt.
Krazy Kat is one of those comics that I’m always returning to, either for inspiration or for a brief respite from my daily troubles. The shifting landscapes, the playful language, the diverse residents of Coconino county, the continual love quadrangle of cat, mouse, dog and brick – it all exudes pure joy from the page. This book is an especially worthy addition to Fantagraphics efforts to reissue and restore these comics for future generations to discover.
Eric Franklin is a scholar in dance and movement imagery. A former professional dancer in New York, he now teaches at numerous universities and dance festivals in the United States and Europe. This book is a compilation of metaphysical exercises to enhance one’s body awareness. I have used his exercises to help me re-experience my improvisation skills and technique. Franklin’s writing is equipped with a multitude of graphics to help the reader fully understand the feelings he is trying to convey for each particular movement. Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance provides metaphors for several aspects of dance, including intention, space, weight, music and rhythm. This book is brimming with new ways to connect the mind and body in space, transporting the way dance feels and appears into a more advanced consciousness.
Recommended by Greenfield Library workstudy assistant Haylee Warner.
This book exhibits a wide range of one of my favorite everyday objects, the chair. There is something very personal and quietly beautiful in a chair and this book captures 500 different takes on this very common object. Some of the artists and craftspeople whose work is depicted include former UArts ceramics shop supervisor and Philadelphia ceramicist Hope Rovelto, and visiting artist lecturer (2009) Matthias Pliessnig. From more traditional styles to Craig Nutt’s “Celery Chair with Peppers, Carrots & Snow Peas” (pg. 292), or my favorite, Bobby Hansson’s “Chair for Bored Housewife” (pg. 110), 500 Chairs is sure to please.
“Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trenchtown R&B crooners swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-tone suits for 1970s battle fatigues and dreadlocks to become the Wailers-one of the most influential groups in popular music. Colin Grant presents a lively history of this remarkable band from their upbringing in the brutal slums of Kingston to their first recordings and then international superstardom. With energetic prose and stunning, original research, Grant argues that these reggae stars offered three models for black men in the second half of the twentieth century: accommodate and succeed (Marley), fight and die (Tosh), or retreat and live (Livingston [Bunny Wailer]). Grant meets with Rastafarian elders, Obeah men (witch doctors), and other folk authorities as he attempts to unravel the mysteries of Jamaica’s famously impenetrable culture. Much more than a top-flight music biography, The Natural Mystics offers a sophisticated understanding of Jamaican politics, heritage, race, and religion-a portrait of a seminal group during a period of exuberant cultural evolution.” [product description]
Check out what else the UArts Libraries have on reggae music. Feelin’ irie? Go to Music Online and search by genre for reggae or ska.Please note that Music Online is a subscription resources for current UArts students, faculty and staff only. Off-campus access requires logging in.
Alexander Street Press’ Music Online — one of the UArts Libraries’ premier streaming audio resources — has put together this playlist of classic holiday songs. Listen to it now.
Bing Crosby, “White Christmas”
Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby, “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”
Rosemary Clooney & Bing Crosby, “Jingle Bells”
Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby”
Elvis Presley, “Here Comes Santa Claus”
Louis Armstrong, “Zat You Santa Claus?”
The Tennessee Tech Trombone Choir, “Deck the Halls”
El Paso Brass, “I Saw Three Ships”
The Tennessee Tech Trombone Choir, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”
To me, this book represents the importance of being grateful for the little things. You may not be as excited by an empty cardboard box as you once were, but it’s nice to try to remember to see things with new eyes and remember to look for the potential in often overlooked things. In honor of the upcoming holiday season, I hope this book will remind you of your perhaps long forgotten imagination and the beauty waiting to be found in even the simplest of things.