Get Your Groove On: Discover Music on hoopla!

It’s well and truly summertime now and time to switch up some of your rest-of-the-year habits! If you’re in the doldrums, there’s nothing like some brand-new listening to perk you up. Did you know that you can borrow the very latest albums through Abbot Public Library on hoopla?

Log in today and have a look! There are at least 49,089 titles to wow your earbuds. If you’d like to see the very newest releases, that’s easy. Browse “Music,” and filter to release dates to within the last 7 or 30 days–or broaden your scope to include the last 3, 6, or 12 months. If you’re thinking family-friendly, you have the option to filter results to “exclude PA music.” Learning a language this summer? Try filtering by the language of your choice and practice to the lyrics! 

hoopla has helpfully created 66 categories by genre, audience, and era–and you’ll even find “shuffle” playlists for rock, alternative, and pop. Want only the best of the best? You’ll find up-to-date awards-winning collections like the 2020 ACM Awards, the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, or, if you’re looking for something outside the US border, the 2020 Juno Awards. Curious about what’s been popular with other hoopla users? Have a listen to Best of 2019: Most Borrowed!

If you’re sorely in need of some beach party vibes and that’s just not happening, turn up the volume on hoopla’s Summer Party Playlist, a full 50 songs to download and shuffle at will! You’ll find everything from decade-by-decade hits to the latest Jimmy Buffett, Bruno Mars, and Lady Gaga to lift your mood.

Hitting the road? Mix up the audiobook suggestions from a recent post with some vacation-worthy selections. You’ll find 49 kids’ and adult titles to keep you going in the Summer Road Trip Music collection.

Need to cool down and soothe your soul? Try out our library-curated playlist, 2020 APL Calming Classical Soundtrack, with 35 albums from various musical eras. Or find your zen spot with hoopla’s Meditation and Mindfulness category. You’ll even find kid-appropriate lullabies and soothers here.

So, whatever your mood or schedule, we’ve got the soundtrack for your summer life!
If you’re new to hoopla, check out our FAQ page. If you need a library card, get started here.

A Calming Classical Soundtrack

Perhaps you’d just like to be for a while. Breathe in, breathe out. Reset your anxious mind. Release negative emotions. I’m not talking about virtual yoga classes here (though what an excellent idea!). I’m talking about revisiting–or discovering anew–the soothing power of classical music.

Your “new normal” routine may not allow you to drop everything and de-stress for long periods of time–and that’s where our newly-curated 2020 APL Calming Classical Soundtrack on hoopla will stand you in good stead! Pop in your earbuds and live in a soul-soothing soundscape while going about your daily tasks. You’ll have the illusion of a “calm bubble” while still maintaining productivity and maybe saving your sanity! 

Chief among the 35 work-friendly offerings in this collection are albums featuring composers from the Baroque and Classical eras: Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart. There’s a reason for that! The music of these periods tends to be highly patterned and structured, with repeated themes and variations on those themes. Ideally, as you listen, your thoughts will untangle themselves and your concentration will improve.

You might try the albums Big Bach Set, Vol. 3, Handel: Water Music, Haydn: Classical Music for Relaxation, Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, or Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35 & 39. Or go for baroque (bad pun, sorry) with a mixtape of sorts, featuring recorder soloist Lucie Horsch: Baroque Journey. And if you need to break your concentration for a while and stretch those desk-cramped limbs, you can’t go wrong with some lively Elizabethan birthday party music.

There’s plenty more to explore in the collection–good, old-fashioned lullabies, Romantic-era de-stressors like Fauré and Debussy, and even albums with “dream” or “chill” in the title–all recently released.

And if you exhaust these selections, have a look at hoopla’s The Most Relaxing Series for even more classical comfort. You can breathe out now!