From the Library: Water Musics

Today’s theme is ‘Water’ and the selec­tions are extra­or­di­nar­i­ly diverse, from tra­di­tion­al and mod­ern songs of the sea, of ships, and of those who sail in them; to pieces writ­ten to evoke rivers and lakes; to items where the water is only imag­i­nary, such as a series of com­po­si­tions about a voy­age to the Moon in a sail­ing ship, and Karl Jenk­in­s’s Imag­ined Oceans. The styles are equal­ly eclec­tic, rang­ing from folk to light to clas­si­cal and New Age music, and there’s even a bit of con­tem­po­rary pop­u­lar mate­r­i­al.
We hope you will find the pro­gramme enjoy­able and that it will keep you guess­ing, not only about what is com­ing up next, but on occa­sion what the con­nec­tion with the cen­tral theme actu­al­ly is: it’s in there some­where, even if it’s not obvi­ous from title and artist. Spot the tracks from Mal­colm Iron­ton and oth­ers from Rick Stein – a Musi­cal Odyssey for exam­ple, or Are We To Part Like This from Mary Jane New­man. What is their con­nec­tion with water? (Answers below*.)

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at Out­side the Unit­ed States you can tune in on or click here to link straight to your play­er if your brows­er is set up to do so. Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.
For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

*Rick Stein runs a restau­rant in Pad­stow, Corn­wall, spe­cial­is­ing in seafood, and this album is from music used in his BBC TV series on cook­ing with seafood around the British Isles. Are We To Part Like This is tak­en from Mary Jane New­man’s album of music played on the maid­en voy­age of the SS Titan­ic.
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