I love music: I love to sing, I love to play guitar, and I love to listen to music. But digital music? I'm over 60 years old- far from elderly but old enough to have trouble wrapping my mind around digital stuff! How does it get from "the cloud" (whatever that is) onto this plastic and metal case called a cell phone where I do most of my listening these days? And who knew that the library would have a service that gives us an amazing variety of free music?
Let me introduce you to Freegal, a free music download service available with your library card. With Freegal on my phone, I'll think about a song (usually an "oldie but goodie"), pull out my phone, look it up in the Freegal app, and zip, bam, boom- it's on my phone forever! The variety of songs available is quite surprising! Very few songs I've searched for haven't been available.
Plus, in Freegal, I can make playlists in whatever category I want. These are just a few of my playlists:
- "Kids songs," which includes songs by Seattle celebrity favorite Caspar Babypants
- "Peace and Justice," which includes songs by Peter Paul and Mary and Woody Guthrie, who I enjoy listening to and getting the guitar chords from so I can play and sing on my own
- "Fun songs," which includes Monty Python and The Motorcycle Song (and all the other songs) from Alice's Restaurant
- "Oldies," which includes Don McLean's American Pie (I heard him perform this live when I was in college), Carrie-Anne by the Hollies (my brother had convinced me the Hollies were singing my name: Gerry Anne), and the music that speaks to me of summer: The Beach Boys
I hope this has inspired you to try something new. Being somewhat lazy on this beautiful June day, here's a blog post by another KCLS staff member (not me!) that explains the details of how Freegal works. Download some music, put on your headphones, and have a great summer.