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Writing Prompt: Music Inspiration

12 Jun

Music is often a soundtrack in our lives, the music playing on the radio the last day of school before summer, the song we dance to at our wedding, the lullabies our mom sang to us and that we sing to our own children.  Some of my favorite author’s like Carrie Vaughn in her Kitty Norville series include playlists of music that was inspirational in writing the story or that goes particularly well with different scenes in the book.  I’ve enjoyed a lot of her picks including Mr. Brightside by the Killers in Kitty Takes a Holiday.

For this week’s Writing Prompt listen to some of your favorite music and see what it inspires.  What type of romance does your favorite love song put you in mind of?  Maybe that Metal Ballad will inspire a dark fantasy story or that quirky pop hit could have the next great American novel hiding in it.  Don’t just think about the lyrics, but also the sound of the music, what could you imagine happening that would accompany it. Let your imagination go wild.  You do not necessarily need to have the story be what one would necessarily expect from the music.  Look at how the pop music of Scandinavian band Abba became a hit musical set on a Greek Island.  You can have each song represent a chapter of a novel or simply let the music play in the background as you work on a short story.

Of course, this writing prompt works great in reverse too. If you are a musician you can take inspiration from an author’s book or poem.  What type of sound do you imagine accompanying your favorite novel; break out your favorite instrument and create the perfect soundrtrack.  You could even think of transforming an older, no longer in copyright, poem into a song.  You can hear two very different versions of Poe’s Annabelle Lee, one rock and one classical available from Freegal Music.

Hoboken Library patrons can find inspiration in the many ebooks and streaming music the library provides.

We hope you have enjoyed our Friday Writing Prompts! As the library gets ready to ramp up to our reopening we will be going back to one weekly post on Wednesday, but for those that have enjoyed our Writing Inspiration posts we will continue to feature them occasionally. Best luck on all your writing endeavors!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

Ebooks, Streaming Movies and more for Adults!

18 Mar

Monday, I wrote about some of our online resources for children, but Hoboken has plenty of great ebooks and streaming media resources for Hoboken adult residents as well.

eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS
eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS, Overdrive Services, allow you to download popular audiobook and ebook titles to your computers, tablets, and ereaders (including Kindles).  You can switch between the two borrowing consortiums in one easy to use App.  Click here for instructions on getting started: Libby_Overdrive Tip Sheet  My current read is Kim WilkinsSisters of the Fire, the incendiary sequel to her Daughters of the Storm, which should appeal to Game of Thrones fans.

RB Digital Magazines
RB Digital Magazines, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full-color, interactive digital magazines. Browse from our library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.  Some of my personal favorites are Bon Appetit, Wired, and Conde Nast Traveler but you can find everything from Vogue to National Geographic.  Click here for instructions on getting started: RB Digital Tip Sheet

Hoboken Public Library resident card holders, have access to Hoopla, which provides online access to thousands of movies, TV shows, ebooks (including graphic novels), audiobooks, and music albums.  There are never any holds!  Currently I have been binging the tropical island set mystery series, Death in Paradise.  We are currently allowing an additional 10 checkouts for 20 total in the month of March.  Click here for instructions on getting started: Hoopla Tip Sheet

Freegal Music allows Hoboken Public Library resident card holders access to hundreds of thousands of songs.  Library card holders can download up to five music tracks in the MP3 format each week. Plus our Hoboken Library Resident Library Cardholders have access to three hours of streaming music per day.  I was excited to see they had a playlist up in honor of April being Poetry Month. Click here for instructions on getting started: Freegal Tip Sheet

Hoboken Public Library Resident Library Card Holders have access to more than 30,000 Films from Kanopy.  You usually have 10 choices per month, but in March you will have 20; each of these checkouts is good for a 72 hour period.  From award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema there is sure to be something you will love. I’m looking forward to checking out the follow up to Super Size Me, Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken.  And don’t forget kids have unlimited free streaming with Kanopy Kids.  Click here for instructions on getting started: Kanopy Tip Sheet

Our newest streaming resource.  The world’s leading classical music channel, features over 1,800 programs including: concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, artist portraits and educational programs.  Missed a concert at Carnegie Hall?  Check it out on Medici.TV.

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