"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." Elvis Costello
Tom Petty, hoopla, and You
Unfortunately, we seem to be losing a lot of musicians of a certain age group this year, as well as some who are just way too young. Whenever someone passes, there is usually a surge of interest in their back catalogue, which translates into people searching at the library for CDs by these late artists. In some cases we may be missing key titles by the performer due to loss, damage or just wear and tear, that may not have been replaced as of yet. Of course, if we knew who was going to go when we could always make sure we were up-to-date, but chances are that won’t happen anytime soon (and if we knew who was going to go when we probably would have enough money to buy every CD in the world anyway).
So what’s a music lover to do? Enter hoopla. If you don’t know by now, hoopla is an electronic download service that JCLS offers which supplies, among other things, music downloads from many of the major record labels. You get to check out any title in the catalog, listen to it as many times over a week as you want, and then it will be automatically returned for you. You can do this eight times every month with each registered library card. The real upside is that all their music is available for download right now, no waiting and no hold lists, and with no monthly fee. It’s a musicophiles dream come true. To introduce you if you haven’t tried it, the list below contains hoopla links to some of the artists we’ve lost this year. In most cases, a majority of their albums are represented, so you can find exactly the song you were looking for.
Eric Molinsky selects and purchases music for JCLS. He considers himself a musician, since he once sold a guitar because he needed the money.