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Thursday, September 21, 2023
Sept. 21, 2023

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Check It Out: Read about musical talents that keep you in tune


Another music icon passed away last week — Tina Turner. She died on Wednesday at the age of 83. Sadly, the music industry has lost other legendary musicians this year including David Crosby and Gordon Lightfoot. All three of these performers influenced my musical tastes, so I was saddened by the news of their deaths.

If you were to take a peek at my digital playlist, you would discover a broad range of musical genres. My husband and I have always been open to a variety of music, and while we certainly don’t try to keep up with the latest and greatest, we appreciate any music that speaks to us. But as we get older (better with age, as I say), we find ourselves tuning in to the “classics” of our formative years. “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot, Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and of course, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills and Nash keep us grounded in our musical past. I suppose I’m showing my age here.

Today’s reading list pays tribute to Lightfoot, Nash and Turner, musical talents who passed away too soon, in my humble opinion. But I acknowledge that while music is universal, it is also very personal; so please search the library’s catalog for music that keeps you in tune.

  • “Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of Top Hits That Changed Rock, Pop and Soul” by Marc Myers.
  • “Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young: The Wild Definitive Saga of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup” by David Browne.
  • “David Crosby: Remember My Name” [DVD] directed by A.J. Eaton.
  • “Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good” by Tina Turner.
  • “Lightfoot” by Nicholas Jennings.
  • “My Love Story” by Tina Turner.