Today is the birthday of Big Joe Turner, Rock awhile!
Joe Turner got his start shouting the blues in the KC clubs that nurtured the Count Basie Band, Lester Peterson, Mary Lou Williams and Charlie Parker. He came east to NYC for John Hammond’s spirituals and swing concert and performed with Duke Ellington. Recording with Atlantic in 1954, he eased off the tempo, leaned on the backbeat and turned swing into rock and roll.
A montage creates a whole out of fragmented bits. In movies, directors shoot short sequences and splice them to create a story line (this is why director’s say “cut”). A classic example is the Odessa Steps sequence in Battleship Potemkin (1925). Director Eisenstein cuts from shots of soldier’s boots to people fleeing to a tumbling baby carriage. By themselves, they have no relation; in sequence, they portray the brutal suppression of a protest. The sequence has since been alluded to in many movies. It’s polar opposite is Rope, which Alfred Hitchcock shot in 1 take.
Our trial period with Kanopy video has been extended through May 29th. They are a go to source for indie flicks, classic movies, documentaries and kid’s programming. If you have not yet tried them out, go here to find out how to connect and give them a try. Line up a movie night for the weekend!
Mark Knopfler and gang play Sultans of Swing, his ode to pub bands everywhere. Today’s music birthdays include jazz clarinetist Sydney Bechet and bassist Jack Bruce (Cream). Dire Straits and Cream can be streamed on Hoopla.
Catch up with New London artist Sue Bottomley, who has painted a scene from every one of NH’s towns and villages. Being stuck at home hasn’t slowed down her art or her inspiration. The show airs tonite, Wednesday, 5/13 at 7pm on WMUR.
Today was also the birthday of jazz arranger Gil Evans (d.1988). He di orchestrations for everyone from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix. Here is his lovely arrangement of Jimi’s Little Wing. You can stream Gil, Miles and Jimi on Hoopla.
Out of an abundance of caution, our Nichols Library remains closed to the public and staff in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please keep borrowed materials for the time being. All due dates have been suspended.
The Library Board of Trustees continues to meet regularly to consider how our Library might provide meaningful services to our community during this difficult time. We hope you take advantage our online services. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Stay well.
The NML Board of Trustees, May 4, 202
A note from your Librarian
Your librarian is available to answer reference questions, provide help with our digital resources and offer suggestions for your next great read (or movie). You can email, leave a voice message at 253-6950 or message me on Facebook.
Our Nichols Online Library
We hope our Patrons will take advantage of the online services our Library offers. NH/Ovedrive offers downloadable eBooks, audios, and magazines. Hoopla offers streaming audio, eBooks, comics, movies, and music. Our Kanopy trial offers videos, lessons, and kids programs. Tumblebooks streams stories for kids and teens. You will need your library card number to register; contact us if you do not know your card number.