I was reminded over the weekend just how valuable libraries truly are. I often wonder if people truly take advantage of what libraries have to offer. For starters, I can’t tell you how much money I have saved by checking out a CD which turns out to be mediocre, or simply not worth buying. On the other hand, I have experienced discovering new artists I should invest in, or listening to an album I should have done a LONG time ago. I think I mentioned before that I have worked for several libraries over the years, so I understand how they work and how to find what I am looking for.
I think libraries are underused and under funded, and librarians aren’t given enough credit for what they do. I should know. Libraries used to be a place for research, but the Internet has transformed how libraries function, what the carry, and how we search for information. Now, libraries are a gathering place to find information, a virtual world for discovering plenty of undiscovered reading treasures, and entertainment. Yes, entertainment! Just to prove my point, a few years ago my wife and I attended a workshop on how to make all sorts of delicious treats, aka chocolate goodies, from a professional chef.
What libraries has also morphed. The library I grew up with never had sound recording or movies for pleasure. Anything it did include of that nature, was mainly for educational purposed. Now, many libraries carry all sorts of music, movies and other fun items. Granted, this isn’t a Blockbuster or an F.Y.E store, but depending on your local library, you might be very surprised what you find. I found all sorts of musical treasures over the years.
My most recent adventure was to conduct some research for a blog post, or series of blog posts, I haven’t decided yet. Lately, I have been thinking about concept albums, rock operas, and that sort of thing. I felt compelled to listen to Tommy by The Who, something I probably should have done a long time ago. (Yes, I know; sacrilege that I haven’t heard the album until now. Better late than never. Moving on…)
While I was there I also happened to pickup the following:
- Ghosts I-IV by Nine Inch Nails
- The Poison from Bullet For My Valentine
- Hernando by North Mississippi Allstars
- And an album from Crossfade that I can’t recall the title at the moment
Thus far I have only listened to the Nine Inch Nails and Bullet For My Valentine. While the Nine Inch Nails album is interesting, I holding off my discussion about it because I plan to talk about it a later time. I just started listening to Tommy today, but I am not sure when I will write about it. I may need a little more research and some listening refreshers.
Bullet For My Valentine was less than impressive. I initially heard this group on Headbanger’s Ball and thought they might be worth checking out. Well I am glad I checked this album out from the library and I will be able to return it, because it really isn’t worth paying for. The band has chops but lacks originality. The album sounded very repetitive with similar riffs between a majority of the tracks, with a sound that reminded me of a blend between Trivium and Atreyu. I don’t mind Atreyu or Trivium, but I expect to something that sounds different from every band.
I am looking forward to listening to North Mississippi Allstars. I had the privilege of hearing these guys while interning at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they simply rocked. I have another album from them, which I love. Fundage is low, otherwise I would invest in more of their albums.
The bottom line is simple, we should take better advantage of the resources available to us. Especially when hard earned tax dollars are used to fund such resources.
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