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The Internet has become a wealth of information for any subject and I am so grateful for what I’ve learned from its contents. I have found gear, books, and lessons for a decent price, delivered right to my home. This convenience is wonderful but with budgets tightening a bit, buying a book or services on the Internet may not always be an option. It would also be nice to get out of the house every once in a while.
I would like to remind everyone of a resource that is free, full of information and is usually within minutes of your home. I’m talking about your local public library, a wonderful resource that many in the Internet age forget. I had the day off and found my way to our local branch that is only a few blocks away, with the goal of finding some books to help me with my playing and broaden my musical knowledge. When I arrived at my branch, I was pleasantly surprised by how many were waiting to get in. A scene that contradicts my earlier, “Internet age has forgotten libraries” statement. Lots of moms and their kids and people like me looking for little inspiration.
Our local branch is a bit small so the music section didn’t have too much but I did find a few books that peaked my interests.
- “Bernstein, A Biography” – One of my favorite composers and not because of West Side Story, which is great, but because of his Mass. I was privileged enough to be part of a performance of The Mass when I was in College and it was an incredible experience.
- “Written in my Soul” – I’m always looking for insight in songwriting and this book contains stories from some of the great songwriters like Paul Simon, Sting, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, to name a few
- “John Renbourn, Fingerstyle Guitar” – I was going to buy this book and still might, but I get to try it out for free first.
So if you got a couple hours spare time, give your local branch a try. You might find something there that you might have never thought about otherwise.