music memories


Central Library tower on a mosaic collage of Keith Chaffee's blog posts
Tina Lernø, March 05, 2021

One of our most prolific writers for the LAPL Blog will be retiring soon. We thought it might be a fun and fitting send-off, to turn the tables and ask Keith some questions before he rides off into the sunset.

album cover of deceased musicians
Daniel Tures, January 06, 2021

Some truly beloved pop music stars passed away in 2020, including Little Richard, Eddie Van Halen, and Bill Withers, and many others as well. I would like to shine a light on some lesser-known but favorite musicians of mine who left us this past year: MF DOOM, Harold Budd, Tony Allen, and Peter Green.

Jimmy Buffett on his album Buried Treasure: Volume 1
Keith Chaffee, December 26, 2020

On December 25, 1946, Jimmy Buffett was born. Buffett’s distinctive Caribbean-flavored blend of rock and country has made him a popular recording and touring artist for more than 40 years.

Christina Aguilera on her album, Liberation
Keith Chaffee, December 18, 2020

On December 18, 1980, Christina Aguilera was born. She’s progressed from a child star on TV to a successful pop diva.

Hector Berloiz
Keith Chaffee, December 11, 2020

On December 11, 1803, Hector Berlioz was born. Berlioz was not an enormously productive composer, but those of his works that are still played are among the most popular in the classical repertoire.

Dave Brubeck on the cover of his album, The Essential Dave Brubeck
Keith Chaffee, December 04, 2020

On December 6, 1920, Dave Brubeck was born. For more than sixty years, Brubeck was one of our most popular and acclaimed jazz pianists, particularly noted for his experiments with unusual rhythms.

Collage of American composers known as the Boston Six
Keith Chaffee, November 14, 2020

On November 13, 1854, George Whitefield Chadwick was born. Chadwick was one of a group of composers who came to be known as the “Second New England School.” Their principal members were the “Boston Six,” and they were among the first American composers to make significant contributions to classical music.

Album collage of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020
Keith Chaffee, November 06, 2020

On November 7, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will hold its 2020 induction ceremony. Like most such events this year, it will be a virtual ceremony. Six acts are being inducted into the Hall this year.

Kurt Elling on his Grammy Award Best Jazz Album, Dedicated to You
Keith Chaffee, October 30, 2020

On November 2, 1967, Kurt Elling was born. Elling is a jazz singer and lyricist who has become one of the best contemporary practitioners of vocalese, the art of writing lyrics to previously recorded instrumental solos.

Duran Duran on their album Duran Duran
Keith Chaffee, October 23, 2020

On October 27, 1958, Simon Le Bon was born. Le Bon is a member of Duran Duran, the British pop band that became an early star of MTV in the 1980s.