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Dec 17, 2015 — By: Christy V. Temple
It’s the most wonderful time of the year again with Christmas fast approaching and everywhere we look people are hurriedly trying to finish their shopping, getting the tree and decorations put up, baking cookies, fudge and other goodies to take to work, and just trying in general not to become totally overwhelmed. I know it’s very hard to do this time of year as I tend to sometimes feel that way as well.
However, I know one of the things I love about this time of the year is the Christmas music that surrounds us on the radio, in the stores, and on CD’s in our own homes. Every year, I pull out some of my favorites and put them in my player to kick back and relax from the all the mayhem going on around me. Sometimes this method works and sometimes I end up doing other things, such as wrapping presents, while the music swirls about my head.
In any event, I have always enjoyed music but don’t seem to get the time to listen to it as much as I used to. As a teen I would turn on the radio even before I buckled up my seatbelt as it was that important to me. Now, I notice that I sometimes relish the silence with all of the maelstrom and busyness that encircles me each and every day. Also, I believe working with the public all of these years tends to have an effect as well. Sometimes I just want quiet.
In any event though, at this time of the year I really like to listen to Christmas music with singing and instrumentalists too. There are times though that I realize that I don’t have all the Christmas songs that I need to fill out my repertoire. Hmm, whatever shall I do?
I have the answer: Freegal to the rescue! Freegal is a large database of music that the library subscribes to and is available to any member of the public that has a Daviess County Public Library card. All you have to do is go to our website at: www.dcplibrary.org and click on the online resources tab. Once you have done this, then click on the Freegal Music link and follow the instructions from that point. It should ask you to type in a library name and then you click on our library. Next, it will ask you to type in your 14-digit library barcode number in order to gain access to the full catalog.
Once you are in Freegal, then you may search by song, artist, album, etc. In the search box, type in Christmas music and a plethora of albums will appear. Once you have chosen an album or individual song that you have been missing you are allowed to download up to 5 songs per week and keep them forever. Let me say this again, once you have downloaded the songs you may keep them for all time. You can’t say that about most music databases. Also, once you have hit the 5 per week limit this doesn’t mean that you can’t download anymore. The download counter resets each week at 12:01 a.m. so then you are allowed to download 5 more songs. Trust me; you can amass quite a catalog of music using this service. If you decide that you don’t want to download the songs, you may just stream them for a certain period of time instead.
Either way, whether it’s Christmas music you are missing or some other kind of music, this database just about has it all as the Sony catalog is the primary resource. Also, did I mention that you can go to your app store on your personal device such as a smartphone, tablet, computer, etc. and download the app and then have the music right there with you all the time? Well, you can and it’s very easy.
So, after the shopping is done, the presents are wrapped and everything is right with the world, do yourself a favor and sit down and breathe. Then go to Freegal and download some of the best music you’ll ever find and know that it’s yours to keep for free just for being a library patron. Now, that’s quite a bargain.
P.S. One more piece of information to pass along that I noticed today: Freegal tends to work better with the Mozilla Firefox browser than it does with Internet Explorer at this time.