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Musical Mondays

Welcome to Musical Mondays, a weekly blog where we share musical resources you can access from home.

All of these ideas are curated and brought to you by Lily Goldstein!

Musical Mondays, July 6, 2020

“There Will Be Time” by Baaba Maal and Mumford & Sons is the perfect soundtrack to a Monday morning after a long weekend. Click below to play this energizing song on YouTube!

Musical Mondays, June 29, 2020

Did you know that you can borrow music to your computer and mobile devices using Hoopla? Head over to Hoopla to browse and borrow up to 3 digital albums per month (for free!). If you’re looking for recommendations, check out the AFL: Dance Party collection specially curated for you by our staff. For more information on downloading and using hoopla, head over to our downloads page.


Musical Mondays, June 22, 2020

Hey, Red Sox fans! While many of us are missing going to baseball games, we can at least bring a part of the tradition into our homes. Head over to the 7th-Inning Stretch Facebook Page to watch Red Sox Organist Josh Kantor perform live from his home. Live shows start each day at 3:00pm EDT.

Musical Mondays, June 15, 2020

This week, please check out Chastity Brown’s 2018 performance at WERS in Boston. Brown is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter whose style can be described as soulful and folk-oriented. 

Best of all, midway through this performance, she lists authors James Baldwin and Octavia Butler as some of her biggest influences. If you’re feeling inspired, keep in mind that the AFL owns e-books, audiobooks, and physical copies of books by both authors. Check our catalog, or contact us for help finding your next big read!

Musical Mondays, June 8, 2020

Start your week off right with Moses Sumney’s smooth and expressive performance of his song, “Cut Me.”


Musical Mondays, June 1, 2020

For this week, please check out Lianne La Havas’s powerful and intimate performance for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concert series.

Musical Mondays, May 18, 2020

This week’s Musical Monday continues last week’s theme of live music inspired by fine art. Head over to the MFA’s website to watch Boston based violinist, Lilit Hartunian, perform three pieces written by composers who were active during Claude Monet’s lifetime. Hartunian expertly pairs each piece with one of her favorite paintings from MFA’s “Monet and Boston: A Lasting Impression.” The performances and commentary are not to be missed. Be sure to stick around for Hartunion’s moving interpretation of “La Fille aux cheveux de lin” by Claude Debussy.

Musical Mondays, May 11, 2020

Head over (virtually) to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to watch their Choreographers-in-Residence perform an original dance set to dramatic flamenco music. This dance is inspired by John Singer Sargent’s painting, “El Jaleo,” and the music incorporates records from Isabella’s original collection. I recommend dancing along to it in your living room. The Ames Free Library offers passes to the Gardner Museum, so keep this in mind once the museum and library reopen to the public!

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), El Jaleo, 1882

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Musical Mondays, May 4, 2020

Today’s Musical Monday is a bit on the silly side. This week I witnessed a surprise performance by a local musician. He was playing Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da while marching down my street. His instrument? A beautiful - and unconventional - sousaphone with pointy scales running down its spine. Please take a look at this article from WBUR to see part of his performance and to learn about Nessie, “the world’s only Loch Ness Monster Sousaphone.”

Image credit: Robin Lubbock/WBUR

Musical Mondays, April 27, 2020

Check out The Silkroad Home Sessions: a set of live performances brought to you by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad collective.  Balla Kouyaté will perform West African Mande Djeli Music today at 12:00pm EDT live on Facebook. Watch past recordings on this YouTube playlist. Have fun discovering new and different music!

Musical Mondays, April 20, 2020

Mariachi Nuevo Santander, a high school band from Roma, Texas, has posted multiple virtual performances, including this video of Cerca Del Mar. These videos are a fantastic reminder to continue to seek out joy through (virtual) connection.

Musical Mondays, April 13, 2020

Breathe in some island air while you listen to Taimane's live-set -- inspired by her Hawaiian homeland & Cuban musical traditions.

Click here to visit Taimane’s Tiny Desk Concert on NPR.


Musical Mondays, April 6, 2020

Wondering how to support your favorite local musicians during the outbreak?

Here is an article from NPR that offers multiple ideas. You can also donate to or apply for grants from The Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Music Maker Relief Fund.

If you’re a musician looking for financial assistance due to canceled gigs, this article from SheShreds links to multiple National and State resources.

Musical Mondays, March 30, 2020

With so many concerts and tours canceled, musicians are hosting virtual concerts on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and more. This article from NPR compiles a list of live performances and where to find them. It’s updated daily, so feel free to check back in as needed!

Also, check out “Stay at Home Fest,” an arts and music festival all from home. Our Library Technician, Lily, will be attending the “Pocket Vinyl” performance at 8:00pm. Pocket Vinyl is a duo who plays music and paints in each of their live performances. She’s never heard their music, but knows them for their cartoon Instagram account, @thetouringtest, and will gladly take this opportunity to learn more about them!

Musical Mondays, March 23, 2020

If you’re cooped up at home and seeking out free access to arts and culture, we have some good news!

You can now stream a different opera every night through the Metropolitan Opera’s website and apps. Tune in every night at 7:30pm EDT to stream encore recordings. The public has free access to these recordings until 3:30pm the next day.

You can find these recordings on the Metropolitan’s website, or through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, Roku, and Samsung Smart TV. 

To view the upcoming schedule, click here

Tune in next Musical Monday for more musical resources and recommendations!

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