Celebrate Aretha’s Life by Listening
Often, when a notable artist dies, we put a display on the bookshelf near the front door. We have one for V.S. Naipaul there right now. Aretha Franklin’s opus, however, is too big for a little shelf near our front door. You can get a sense of how big through our Hoopla and Freegal, our two free online music providers.
The two services compliment each other nicely. Hoopla lets you stream a wide selection of her mainstream albums, including 30 Greatest Hits, allmusic.com’s pick for definitive compilation. Be aware, though, that each album you stream counts towards your five monthly downloads.
Freegal’s selection is more eclectic. It may not have the greatest hits, but it does have Aretha singing in her father’s church (Precious Lord, featuring Rev. C.L. Franklin). Also, if you find a song you like you can download it and keep it forever. Seriously. Besides allowing 3 hours of streaming music daily, Freegal allows you to download and keep five songs a week.
If all this is too confusing, sign up for a Tech Tuesday appointment and a librarian will be glad to sit down and show you. If Tuesdays are no good, call the Information Desk (834-2281 x.3) or email email@example.com and we’ll set up a time.