Two questions, reader! Did you know that English author and futurist George Orwell was born on this day in 1903? Might be an interesting time to pull his dystopian novel 1984 off the shelf and mull over its anti-totalitarian views in light of this week’s #Brexit/#Regrexit referendum. What would George say, indeed!
Second question – did you know that the Library has a Spotify account? Spotify, as you may be aware, is an online music service that allows you to play titles on demand from a library of over 30 million songs. (As fans of libraries, this fact makes us drool!) They have free ad-supported and paid levels – and have infamously been in the news for having artists like Taylor Swift and Adele pull their work, largely due to this free access.
The good news is that access remains for Falvey’s Spotify account which features all ten of Kallie & Michelle’s Infinite Playlists! If you’re a regular reader of Library News, then you’re familiar with one of our most popular features – awesome playlists custom-made to get you through the academic year, created by graduate assistants, Michelle Callaghan and Kallie Stahl. Remind yourself to them a listen next time you need ‘Music to Research By” or a sentimental soundtrack for a roadtrip home! How to find us? Open your Spotify account and search ‘falveylibrary.’
And special for today, you’ll find a darker, literally Orwellian playlist – inspired by renowned works of the author, 1984 and Animal Farm in particular. Bookended by cuts from Pink Floyd’s 1970s social critique Animals, the playlist ranges from punk to reggae to country, to a #nofilter vintage rousing chorus by Pete Seeger about the Spanish Civil War (which Orwell fought in and wrote about in Homage to Catalonia). Let us know in the comments if we left any good ones out! All in all, it makes for doubleplusgood and provocative listening for your Saturday!