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Brand from Home | June 14, 2020

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening includes K-Pop, Lady Gaga, Philip Glass,

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.

Learn About Music

From The Top is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents and character of young classically trained musicians. Audio and video is available on their website.

Read Music

Loeb Music Library, Harvard University has an amazing collection of digital scores. The collection includes first and early editions and manuscript copies of music from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by J.S. Bach,

Bach family members, Mozart, Schubert and much more.

Streaming Music

Did you miss the last few issues of Goldmine Magazine, the leading resource for collectors of new and vintage vinyl records, music memorabilia, posters and discographies?

Check out recent issues on RB Digital.


Art Online

Known for his 2018 National Portrait Gallery rendering of President Barack Obama, Kehinde Wiley's exuberant works overlay Old World portraiture with bold portrayals of contemporary people, challenging ideas about race, gender, sexuality and the politics of representation. Also listen to a thoughtful Artist Talk at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has many online resources in O'Keeffe from Anywhere. Browse Collections online, Take a Tour, Watch Plants Grow, Get Creative with projects on perspective drawing and watercolors and more. Make a zine!

Learn About Art

Try a TEDEd lesson from Iseult Gillespie: The art of Georgia O’Keeffe (and how to see more and care less). Get to know Georgia O’Keeffe. Disconnected from creating art within classical conventions, she began experimenting. Using nature to capture her internal world, her work

became the cornerstone of the movement known as American Modernism.

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

Make your own zine. A zine is a self-published, non-commercial print-work that is typically produced in small, limited batches. Zines are often created by crafting an original “master flat,” and then photocopying, folding, and stapling the pages into simple pamphlets. They can touch on a variety of topics from music and art, to politics, sexuality, humor and personal memoir. Their content may be writing, drawing, print, collage, or any other form of words and imagery. Their structure may be narrative, journalistic, comic-like, or completely abstract. 

A brief history of the zine and a guide to get you started from the Creative Independent. They produce interviews, wisdom, and guides that illuminate the trials and tribulations of living a creative life, as told by writers, musicians, designers, visual artists, and others.

How to make a zine from a single sheet of paper. Want to express your thoughts in a few small pages for friends and family? Thinking about creating an artist’s book full of scrap sheet music song bird illustrations?

The Public Studio has a collection of free community resources made to democratize design and facilitate skill sharing. The People's History series celebrates and honors ongoing resistance in communities working with design students. The Do It Yourself Series is designed to share skill sets through zines. You are encouraged to copy, share and adapt these zines to fit your needs as you change the world for the better.

Share your zine with We Make Zines. Create a profile, list your zineography, post images of zines, partake in the forums, find other zine writers, read about new releases, read reviews from your favorite zine writers and leave comments.


Staff e-Recommendations

Brian Wilson Presents Smile. I was pleasantly surprised to find this album on Naxos Jazz. Smile has a very complex history, and is often referred to as Brian Wilson’s lost masterpiece. The album was mostly written by Brian Wilson with lyrics by Van Dyke Parks but was planned as a Beach Boys album. The Beach Boys worked on it in 1966-1967; it was a concept album that they never completed. They released a stripped down version of the album, Smiley Smile, in 1967. In 2004 Wilson and Parks arranged a version of Smile for concert performance and then made it into a Brian Wilson solo album. The album benefited from Wilson’s outstanding touring band, especially keyboardist Darian Sahanaja, who helped with the reconstruction. It has Brian Wilson’s unmistakable voice and vocal harmonies. The album uses orchestrations and a wide range of stylistic influences. While it has been noted in reviews that it may not on the same level as Pet Sounds or Sgt. Pepper, it is beautiful and well worth listening to. -BW

Graphic Style Lab : Develop Your Own Style with 50 Hands-on Exercises by Steven Heller. An art teacher of mine once told me the best graphic design books have very few words to share, they are simply a collection of well-executed designs of varying levels of simplicity, assembled to inspire you to try. I don’t know how true that is, it seemed like whether the book was mostly essays or designs, I always had trouble breaking down how to create a design I felt was worthwhile. Graphic Style Lab is a hands-on book that is quite different, because it asks you to stop thinking so much about what makes a great design, and to start trying to design. This book is full of ideas, information, history, style and exercises that challenge you. The history of art styles in this book is one of the simplest historical overviews of graphic design styles in any book you’ll come across. I learned terms for styles I knew I loved and had no idea of what they were referred to as or what they were even comprised of. Styles like “Vernacular” or “Commercial Art” led by artists like Tibor Kalman, looking to recreate everyday labels for product, had always caught my eye. The hands-on exercises aren’t always practical, and sometimes require tools and skills a beginner wouldn’t have, but the challenging aspects of even the simpler prompts are interesting to me. Instead of long thoughtless essays about the psychology of the viewer looking upon your layout, Graphic Style Lab breaks down what your preferred graphic style is made of, and asks you to recreate it. I recommend this to anyone looking to get inspired with challenges. -GG

The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design by Steven Heller, Greg D'Onofrio. If Steven Heller and Greg D'Onofrio haven’t written the definitive work on Midcentury Modern art, they have certainly come close. The Moderns is a comprehensive look at the Midcentury Modern graphic design and the artists who have created it. It features biographies of the masters of the style, artists like Saul Bass, Hebert Mater and Josef Albers, with their best demonstrative work. This book is a fantastic deep dive into where the movement grew out from and what each artist did with it. Because of this book, I have a much better idea of idea what Midcentury Modern design is made up of and how to define it. I have been introduced to new great artists who I had never heard of before. The work of Lester Beall might be my favorite take away from this book. I’d encourage anyone who is curious about Midcentury Modern design to read this. It can be a little daunting, after all it reads almost like an encyclopedia, but it will give the curious reader a thorough understanding of the movement and style. -GG


Covid-19 Resources

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