09/27/2012 - 9:35am
Music in the Cloud

The safety of my collection has been one of my largest concerns as music has made the digital transition.  With CDs and vinyl, you may damage or lose one or more albums and unless your entire collection is stolen, it's unlikely that you'll lose access to all of it at once.  Digital music is a different matter, however.  Unless you've backed up all of your songs to a secondary storage device, one bad electrical storm could separate you from your tunes forever (and remember, backing up means having two copies of each file, not just storing your music on a single portable hard drive by itself).  With the push toward cloud (or distributed) computing and storage, new services are cropping up to help us not only back up our music offsite, but which allow us to take our music with us wherever we go.  

One service that I've been using for years is, to which I pay a monthly subscription fee and in turn receive space online to backup all my music to and the ability to stream it to any computer.  New contenders include Google Music (currently in beta testing), iCloud from Apple (coming this fall with their iOS 5 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch), and Amazon Cloud Drive, which is available now.

04/22/2011 - 10:02am
CRRL Presents: Dr. Rachel Louise Clay, Author - Remembering Rhythm and Blues

This interview airs beginning April 13.
Dr. Rachel Clay’s biography, The Orioles; Second String Albert “Diz” Russell, documents the history of the legendary vocal group, the Orioles, and reflects on the great influence of its members and rhythm and blues in the history of American music. Debby Klein joins Dr. Clay in her home on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.

06/10/2010 - 10:47am

It's time to come together for The Ambulance Review, 52 Foreign Dumpsters, and The Electric Revolution!

Meanwhile, you can check out the bands for yourself on their myspace pages:

The Ambulance Review : 

52 Foreign Dumpsters:

06/07/2010 - 12:22pm

Music on the Steps, CRRL's popular summer concert series, starts on Monday, June 7, with Blues woman Ann Rabson.

All Music on the Steps concerts are held on Mondays at 7pm, on the steps of the Headquarters Library in downtown Fredericksburg. The Free Lance-Star recently published an article on the series.

Other performers include:
June 14 - Laurie Rose Griffith and Pete Mealy
June 21 - Dixie Power Trio
June 28- Trent Wagler & the Steel Wheels
July 12 - The Company Store Band
July 19 - Homegrown String Band

Find out more about Music on the Steps and this year's performers.

04/28/2010 - 11:45am

National Music Week is celebrated the first week in May and this year's theme is "Music ... A Key to the Future."
The CRRL will celebrate with recitals in the Headquarters Library lobby every evening. Posters and original music scores created by local music students will also decorate the stairwells.
The CRRL has participated in this annual event for many years, earning an Award of Merit from the National Federation of Music Clubs.

04/16/2010 - 8:54am

On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, Gardner Campbell of Baylor University will give a talk on the King of Rock 'n' Roll. This lecture, part of the university's Great Lives series, is free and open to the public.
For more on the life of Elvis Presley check out this list of materials recommended by the reference staff of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

04/05/2010 - 2:00pm

The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library present Music on the Library Steps ...

Headquarters Library, Mondays in June, July, & August - 7:00-8:00pm

Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, a picnic supper. In case of rain concerts move into the library theater.

03/25/2010 - 3:56pm

It was awesome! Were you there? It was on Friday, March 12, 7-9 pm. It was in the Headquarters theater.

Thanks to all the musicians and, hey, you can check them out on MySpace Music: Proof by Assertion, Ambulance Review, and 52 Foreign Dumpsters! (You all were great and you know it!)

Check out this video of Proof by Assertion at Salem Church last August.

You can also see The Ambulance Review performing "No Way!" Says FAA on MySpace.

Fans, you were great, too! Wouldn't be a show without you all! Mark your calendars for the next show at Headquarters: Friday, June 11

09/06/2012 - 2:26pm

I shouldn't have to tell you the music CD is dead, as is every audio format that came before it, with the possible exception of vinyl, the fax machine of the music world.  Music is digital, end of story.  Digital music differs from any of its progenitors in its lack of physicality; there is no disc that you can put on your shelves, no album liner notes that you can flip through unless of course you create all of that yourself, but doesn't that defeat the point?  If you have a digital music collection of over 6000 tracks, you're not going to take the time, spend the money, or use the space to create physical CDs for each of those albums.  Still, we need to be able to keep track of our music and that's sometimes easier said than done. 

02/12/2013 - 1:34pm

In 1939, talented singer Marian Anderson was denied the spotlight at the D.A.R.'s Constitution Hall on account of her race. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt quickly saw to it that she had another venue--the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. On Easter Sunday, a crowd of 75,000 listened to her in person, and her music was carried on the radio and heard by many more. After the concert, Marian Anderson went on to break more racial barriers in the entertainment industry and became a voice of the Civil Rights Movement.


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