In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.
|On this day in 1900, Mitchell Parish was born. Parish was a lyricist best known for the many standards he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s. Several of his best known songs were originally written as instrumentals, with Parish's lyrics added only after the tunes had become popular ("Sleigh Ride" and "Sophisticated Lady," for instance). Among Parish's other well-known songs are "Stardust," "Deep Purple" and the English lyrics to "Volare." Those songs and others are included in the Great Lyricists volume dedicated to Parish's work; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1903, John Wyndham was born. Wyndham began publishing science fiction stories under a variety of pseudonyms in the 1930s, but would have his biggest success with a series of post-apocalyptic novels in the 1950s. They are tales of ordinary Englishmen struggling to survive the horrific things that have befallen humanity. The first of these books, The Day of the Triffids, pits humankind against a species of intelligent, mobile plants; Wyndham makes the battle even more difficult by creating circumstances in which most people have been blinded. The Day of the Triffids is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|
|On this day in 1939, Mavis Staples was born. Staples began singing professionally in the 1950s with her father and siblings, as part of The Staple Singers, a gospel/R&B group who had their biggest commercial success in the early 1970s. The Staple Singers released their last album in 1984, by which time Mavis had also been recording as a solo act for several years. Her albums of the last decade have been particularly well received by critics, and Staples won her first Grammy award in 2011 for the album You Are Not Alone. That album and several others are available for streaming at Hoopla.|