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  • #blackouttuesday
  • Woke up this morning with our minds set on justice. The protests against police brutality and systemic racism and in favor of justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and the countless other people who police and individuals who have appointed themselves judge and jury have killed recently reached our doorstep this weekend. ⁣
A WiscAlert sent at 12:33 this morning said simply: “Police activity in Library Mall. Avoid the area.” We know from journalists who were on the scene last night and on Saturday that police fired tear gas into Library Mall, right outside Memorial Library. Next alert, sent at 1:54 a.m.: “All clear. Incident resolved at Library Mall.” This incident may have been resolved, but the deeper issues remain. ⁣
What to do? One thing for folks to do as they organize, strategize, and mobilize is study history. Today we’re offering up Sing For Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs, a compilation produced by Guy Carawan, which Smithsonian/Folkways released in 1990. It is available to stream via Smithsonian Global Sound—see link on our homepage, or find it in our catalog. The liner notes are also there. From the description: “Hymns, speeches, spirituals, gospel songs, and prayers...a moving civil rights collection drawn from 1960s field recordings in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The compilation captures the irrepressible spirit of that era and reveals a determined and triumphant African American culture.” #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforbreonnataylor #justiceforahmaudarbery #blacklivesmatter #itsnotamysteryitshistory #singforfreedom #keepyoureyesontheprize #smithsonianglobalsound #millsmusiclibrary ⁣
  • We’re pleased to announce we have subscribed to Recent Researches in Music Online (RRIMO), a database from A-R Editions, which has published the Recent Researches in Music series since its inception in 1962. We had arranged for trial access this spring, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing all instruction online and sending us home to support the research and curricular needs of our patrons remotely, and we have since decided to add it to our long list of resources you will find listed on the Music page in the Database Library—see link on our homepage. ⁣
RRIMO provides online access to all titles published in the seven Recent Researches in Music series: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, 19th/20th centuries, American [including Music of the United States of America (MUSA), a co-publication between A-R Editions and the American Musicological Society], and Oral Traditions. It also includes titles from the series Collegium Musicum, which was founded by the Yale University Department of Music in 1955 and published by A-R Editions from 1969 to 2017. You get access to fully searchable text content of scores and partbooks, and the ability to read them online, print, or save them to your computer. Remote access limited to current @uwmadison students, faculty, and staff. #rrimo #recentresearches #recentresearchesinmusic #areditions #onlinescores #collegiummusicum #musicofthemiddleages #musicoftherenaissance #musicofthebaroqueera #musicoftheclassicalera #musicofthe19thcentury #musicofthe20thcentury #millsmusiclibrary
  • If you listened to the Around The World episode of Circulating Sounds today, you heard Youssou N’Dour’s song “Touba - Daru Salaam” from his 2004 album Egypt when the journey stopped in Senegal. The concept N’Dour had for this album was to celebrate Mouride Sufism, the Senegalese order of Islam to which he belongs, while combining his Senegalese music with Egyptian and Arab orchestral music. @youssoundour1959 ⁣
Western critics and audiences loved the album, but it proved controversial in Senegal, Egypt, and other predominantly Muslim African countries. This controversy is chronicled in the 2008 documentary called Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. It is available to stream via Films on Demand for UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff, and you’ll find it in our catalog. ⁣
From the description: This music-infused cinematic portrait of world famous Senegalese pop star Youssou N'Dour follows the artist during the contentious period of time around the release of his album Egypt, a deeply spiritual album dedicated to a more tolerant view of Islam. While Western audiences embraced N'Dour's brave musical message, it encountered a serious religious backlash in his native country of Senegal where N'Dour is considered a national hero. Local critics and the media accused him of insulting Islam, arguing that pop and religious music should not mix. Combining unprecedented images of Senegal's most sacred Muslim rituals, vibrant concert performances filmed around the world, and intimate access to N'Dour and his family, this documentary chronicles the difficult path this remarkable artist chose to take, and is a stirring journey of faith, redemption, and the power of music to overcome intolerance. #youssoundour #ibringwhatilove #filmsondemand #millsmusiclibrary ⁣
  • Circulating Sounds, our radio show, is airing noon-1 (CDT) every other Thursday for the rest of Summer 2020 on WSUM 91.7 FM Madison, and also streaming live via wsum.org. @wsum91.7 ⁣
Tom Caw is your host this week, and the episode for May 28 is titled Around The World. Tom says: All UW-Madison campus libraries remain closed to ensure maximum health and safety for students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The State of Wisconsin has begun the phased reopening of some businesses, but it is important to remember the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is far from being contained. It’s also important to remember that this is a global pandemic. It is partially with this in mind that I have decided to devote this show to music from around the world, and also because I thought it might be nice to do some virtual traveling while we in the US are still under a Level 4: Do Not Travel, Global Health Advisory from The Department of State. Their advisory begins: “The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.” ⁣
Pack your bags, grab your passport, and join Tom for a trip around the world! #circulatingsounds #wsum #thesnakeonthelake #aroundtheworld #worldmusic #travelviamusic #virtualtravel #caetanoveloso #paoloconte #cesariaevora #youssoundour #alifarkatoure #lemysteredesvoixbulgares #tarafdehaïdouks #muzsikás #martasebestyen #huunhuurtu #balisessions #wangga #compaysegundo #millsmusiclibrary ⁣
  • It’s been wonderful to witness all the flowers beginning to bloom this month, wild and otherwise, as they dance upward. We’re not sure how many are dancing in 3/4 time, but for those that are we have just the tune: Waltz of the Wild Flowers, by Carrie Jacobs-Bond. Chicago, IL: Carrie Jacobs-Bond and Son (746 S. Michigan Ave.), 1916. ⁣
This is from our Wisconsin Sheet Music Collection, and is available freely online to all via @uwdigitalcollections. ⁣
It’s in this collection because Carrie Jacobs-Bond (1862-1946) was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. She became a wildly successful composer after a rough start. She moved to Chicago with her son, and established her own publishing company there in 1896. She eventually moved to Hollywood in the 1920s, living and creating there the rest of her life. The California poppies on the cover of this sheet music were certainly more widespread there, but she likely saw them blooming in the summers of her Wisconsin youth. They typically bloom here in July, in case you’re wondering. #waltzofthewildflowers #waltzoftheflowers #wildflowers #californiapoppy #carriejacobsbond #wisconsinsheetmusiccollection #millsmusiclibrary
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