Category: Music

The Archivist’s Nook: John Webber’s Born-Digital Music Collection

Our guest blogger is Elyse Ridder, a graduate student in the joint program for Musicology (MA) and Library & Information Science (MLIS) at the Catholic University of America, and a student employee in the Catholic University Special Collections. One of the biggest projects I have been privileged to work on as a student employee at Read More

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Introducing! EDU is now available to our campus community through September 30, 2021. The streaming service is dedicated to jazz, soul, funk, and world music. Co-founded by music legend Quincy Jones and jazz impresario and producer Reza Ackbaraly. Qwest has over 1,000 + rarely seen or unreleased documentaries on legendary figures, as well as newcomers; Read More

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Enhance Your Skills with LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning, an upgrade to, is an on-demand library of high-quality instructional videos covering a wide range of skills, from specific software applications to leadership and management skills. There are more than 7,500 courses made up of more than 200,000 video modules, with more added every week. All of the courses are taught by Read More

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The American Christmas Songbook: “White Christmas” (1940)

For the past three weeks, I have had a wonderful time researching the origins and histories of America’s most beloved Christmas songs. I’ve learned a great deal, and I hope you have, too! When I decided to take on this project, I knew from the beginning that I was certainly not going to be able Read More

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The American Christmas Songbook: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (1943)

If you’ve never seen Meet Me in St. Louis (MGM, 1944), stop everything you are doing and go watch it right now. It’s a classic Hollywood musical that features Judy Garland in her prime. Adapted from a series of vignettes written by Sally Benson for The New Yorker in 1941-42 (which she later published as a novel), Read More

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The American Christmas Songbook: “Santa Baby” (1953)

In “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas,” Meredith Wilson lists a variety of Christmas presents suitable for good little girls and boys:      A pair of Hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots      Is the wish of Barney and Ben      Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk Read More

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The Sounds of Hanukkah: Flory Jagoda

This post is by library technician Rachel Evangeline Barham. Did you know that one of Hanukkah’s most influential tastemakers lives in the DC area? The multifaceted musician Flory Jagoda, now in her 90s, calls Virginia home. She is known widely as the “keeper of the flame” of the music of Bosnian Sephardic Jews.¹ Here she Read More

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The American Christmas Songbook: “Merry Christmas, Darling” (1970)

Some of the Christmas songs we’ve highlighted so far have been written in a very short amount of time, when a gust of inspiration fills the sails in a songwriting teams’ heads. Mel Torme and Bob Wells finished “The Christmas Song” in less than an hour, and Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn had “Let it Read More

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The American Christmas Songbook: “Christmas Time Is Here” (1965)

Picture it: San Francisco, late 1964. A young television producer, Lee Mendelson, has just finished filming a documentary on the popular comic strip Peanuts and its creator, Charles Schulz. Mendelson, a fan of jazz, needs a soundtrack for his documentary. He has already been turned down by the legendary Dave Brubek, as well as Brubek’s Read More

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The American Christmas Songbook: “This Christmas” (1970)

As the second week of this blog series draws to a close, I can’t help but look back over the composers and songwriters that I’ve highlighted thus far and make some observations. Tell me, do you see what I see? How about a lack of diversity? They’ve all been white, and with one exception, they’ve Read More

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