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Brand from Home | August 6, 2020

Be Today's Voter!

In this time of physical distancing, we can still stay connected via social media— and influence Glendale residents to vote in the important upcoming election. Deborah Aschheim is working on a project entitled, “365 Days of Voters” as part of the City of Glendale’s Arts & Culture Commission program, Art Happens Anywhere, in collaboration with the City Clerk’s office. Any Glendale resident over age 18 (or over 16 with parent or guardian's permission) is invited to participate in “365 Days of Voters” and help inspire other people to vote. It’s easy! To be today’s voter, send Deborah an email at, or message her through Instagram @365daysofvoters, and she’ll explain how to send a headshot or selfie (at least 1 MB file size). She will send you a short form to fill out, and then she will make an original hand drawn portrait of you and post her drawing of you and your inspiring quote about voting to help Get Out the Vote in 2020. Many thanks to Glendale Arts and Culture Commission for their sponsorship of this project.

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening is Khalid, songs of the Suffragettes, the Russian Folk Ensemble, and Mozart's symphonies.

Get a free Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Library eCard instantaneously. It can be used to access our online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers, eMagazines, online classes, online tutoring, and learning games, as well as streaming movies and music, and more.Try listening to a streaming Playlist from Freegal Music, Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz Music Library, Hoopla or Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.

Read Music

The Music Periodicals Database has 140 full text music magazines including Acoustic Guitar (1996-2017), American Music Review (1971-current), Cadence Magazine (1990-2016), Guitar Player (1988-current), Journal of the American Nineteenth Century Music (1989-current), and Rolling Stone (1992-current).

The Morgan Library has an amazing music manuscript collection online. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart Schubert and many others.

Here is a Library of Congress article titled Music in the Women’s Suffrage Movement that also links to music in the sheet music collection.

Streaming Music

Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child is a podcast for families that includes kid friendly rock songs from artists such as They Might Be Giants, Elvis Costello, The Ramones and John Legend.


Learn About Art

Cultivating Place is an award-winning gardening program and podcast on NPR involving conversations on natural history and the human impulse to garden.Take a summer amble with British-based Californian Kathryn Aalto, an historian, garden designer, and writer. Her book Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Women Who Shape How We See the Natural World, offers all of us some much needed outdoor adventure with admirable women of words. 

Art Online

Try Advice to the Young, the world's greatest artists share their advice for the younger generation in this YouTube series from Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. They offer weekly videos on art, literature, design, architecture, artist interviews and studio visits.

Explore the banners, postcards, posters and cartoons of the women's suffrage movement's artists. Suffragists relied on words rather than images, until the formation in 1907 of the Artists’ Suffrage League. Art, in the form of banners, posters, postcards and newspaper cartoons, gave a visual dimension to the Votes for Women campaign. 

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

The Albright-Knox Museum developed at-home art activities for families and kids of all ages, such as artist Julia Bottoms' art activity, What Is a Protest?

Museum of Pop Culture art activities will help you learn new skills using their collection as inspiration. Activities include discussion prompts, create your own activist artwork, and more.


Staff e-Recommendations

The 2005 film Who is Bozo Texino? is more of an aesthetic experience than a satisfactory documentary. Shot by Bill Daniel over 16 years while he rode the rails with self-identified hobos and tramps, it documents the subculture and the mythos surrounding folk artist Bozo Texino. In the rail yard, legal names are eschewed in favor of monikers or road names, and with each moniker comes a specific drawing (or marker) placed on the side of train boxcars with chalk, paint sticks, or wax crayon. Over several decades, Bozo Texino drew and dated thousands of his signature marker: a smoking man in a stetson. The documentary does offer answers about the identity of Bozo Texino, but it’s obvious that Daniel is more interested in contributing to the myth and documenting the profound and incomprehensible stories of these (mostly) men. Who is Bozo Texino? is a black & white 16mm memorialization of social rebellion captured on gritty and grainy film, its soundtrack a mixture of folk music along with the whirring and clanking of train wheels meeting railroad track. You can see why Bill Daniel got pulled along by the rhythm. -SB

Yogyakarta: Gamelan of the Kraton - The word gamelan refers to a traditional Indonesian orchestra or ensemble which is primarily made up of percussion instruments. The tuned percussion instruments are usually made of bronze but sometimes brass or iron. The sound, particularly from Java, is beautiful and dreamy with overlapping patterns. There are sometimes wind instruments, drums, zithers and vocals added but the beautiful ringing of the bronze percussion instruments captures the imagination. The ensembles from Bali often play faster music while the ensembles from Java often are more meditative. The ensemble on this recording is from the royal court of Yogakarta in Central Java. The music is beautiful, refined and accessible. I have found this recording particularly soothing in these trying times. Indonesian gamelan ensembles are one of the most popular forms of world music. If you can, listen to the music with good speakers, that way you can hear the whole spectrum of sound including the bass notes. There are even ensembles in Southern California at Cal Arts, UCLA and others so if you have not heard this form of music live you will have the chance in the future. It is an amazing sonic experience. The booklet is very helpful in putting the music in context. -BW


Covid-19 Resources

Reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is available from the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, the City of Glendale, and the Library, Arts & Culture department.



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