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Friday Playlist – We’re Almost There!

Summer is upon us! Good luck to everyone wrapping up finals. Hopefully all those summer jobs, travel plans, summer sports leagues and camps will be fun and rewarding. Here are some songs to tide you over til the bell rings on Monday.

1. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
2. Hello, Goodbye – The Beatles
3. Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul & Mary
4. Closing Time – Semisonic
5. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
6. Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones
7. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
8. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
9. Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman
10. Lately – Helio Sequence

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Friday Playlist: Brothers & Sisters

Happy National Sibling Day! This week’s playlist features songs that are all about brothers and sisters. Or bands that have brother or sister in the name. Or lyrics where “brother” or “sister” appear. Whatever, it’s a loose theme.

1. Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves – Aretha Franklin & Eurythmics
2. Daniel – Elton John
3. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
4. All for You – Sister Hazel
5. Lady Marmalade – Patti LaBelle
6. I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters
7. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling – The Righteous Brothers
8. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
9. Pass This On – The Knife
10. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – The Hollies

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March Madness is here!

Many of you are probably filling out your brackets, looking at potential match-ups and just counting down the minutes until that first play-in game. But did you know that the women’s NCAA basketball tournament is underway, too?

It’s true! And Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma is hoping to tie John Wooden’s record for the most NCAA Division I championship titles. (In third place, by the way, is Pat Summitt, way ahead of Jim Calhoun, Bobby Knight and even Coach K. Summitt also still holds the record for most all-time wins–1098–for a coach in NCAA basketball history of either a men’s or women’s team in any division, because she is amazing.)

Relative unknown Boise State could qualify for both tournaments–the men play in one of the play-in games on Wednesday–which got me wondering how many schools have done that in the past. Connecticut is the only school to win both titles in the same year (2004 and 2014, respectively), but here are the schools who have made it to the Final Four in both tournaments simultaneously:

Connecticut (2014, 2009, 2004)
Louisville (2013)
LSU (2006)
Michigan State (2005)
Texas (2003)
Oklahoma (2002)
Duke (1999)
Georgia (1983)

And here’s a list of schools that have won the women’s title, but never the men’s:

Baylor (2 titles)
Louisiana Tech (2)
Notre Dame
Old Dominion
Tennessee (8)
Texas A&M
Texas Tech
USC (2)

Still craving more? Check out one of these basketball books (in both fiction and non-fiction) from the HHS Library:

658.4 KRZ Beyond BasketbalK: Coach K’s keywords for Success by Mike Krzyzewski
A collection of essays by the head coach of the Duke University basketball team presents his philosophy on winning, losing, and sportsmanship, as well as motivational lessons that can be applied to the personal and professional arena.

796.323 DOH Play Their Hearts Out by George Dohrmanndownload
Sports reporter George Dohrmann shares what he witnessed and learned from following Amateur Athletic Union basketball coach Joe Keller and his players, discussing how Keller promoted himself and his athletes, ethical issues, profits that were made by coaches, and other related topics.

796.323 GRA Basketball’s Greatest Stars by Michael Grange
Photographs and text profile some of the greatest basketball players in NBA history, with information on their statistics, career highlights, and playing history.

796.323 MCC Dream Team by Jack McCallum
Documents the story of the Olympic squad that won the gold at the 1992 Barcelona Games, assessing the achievements and legacy of some of the NBA’s greatest players, including Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Charles Barkley.

796.323 YOR Linspired: The Remarkable Rise of Jeremy Lin by Mike Yorkey
Examines the popular New York Knicks point guard, his upbringing, faith, and exploits in the NBA.

B BIRD Drive by Larry Bird
The basketball superstar recounts his tragedies–from his father’s alcoholism and suicide to his own failed marriage–and triumphs.

B CALIPARI Refuse to Lose
As one of the hottest coaches in college basketball, John Calipari transformed the once-dispirited UMass Minutemen into a #1-ranked force to be reckoned with–taking them to the Final Four for the first time in history.

download (1)B HERREN Basketball Junkie by Chris Herren **Visiting HHS in April!**
Former NBA basketball player Chris Herren chronicles the rise and fall of his basketball career, his struggle with drugs, his marriage to his high-school sweetheart, and life with his children.

B JOHNSON My Life by Earvin Johnson
In this remarkable autobiography, Earvin “Magic” Johnson writes of his life – of his family and friends, his astonishing basketball career, and his brave fight against the virus that causes AIDS – with the candor, charm, and spirit that have made him one of the most beloved sports figures of our time.

B JORDAN Jordan: The Man, His Words, His Life by Mitchell Krugel
Presents the life and career of professional basketball player, Michael Jordan.

B WOODEN Wooden by John Wooden
The former basketball coach at UCLA shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence.

FIC AVE Rhyming Season by Edward Averett
Brenda’s life has always revolved around basketball, particularly the career of her older brother, Benny, the town’s rising star. But Benny died in a car accident last year, leaving Brenda and her parents without the star of their family and without a way to fill the huge hole in their lives.

FIC DEU Night Hoops by Carl Deuker
While trying to prove that he is good enough to be on his high school’s varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his parents’ divorce and the erractic behavior of a troubled classmate who lives across the street.

FIC HIG Falling out of Place by M. G. Higgins
Gabby Herrera cannot compete with her responsible, obedient, perfect student sister and her parents do not understand or accept the C-average, basketball-loving Gabby.

FIC HOB Foul by Paul Hoblin
When Rhino begins receiving threats to make his free throw shots or people will be hurt, he suspects everyone from a college recruiter to his own father.

FIC MYE Hoops by Walter Dean Myers
A teenage basketball player from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal, hopes to prevent other young athletes from repeating his mistake.

FIC QUI Boy21 by Matthew Quickdownload (2)
When his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from a private school in California, Finley finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

FIC VOL The Final Four by Paul Volponi
Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

SC PICK Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court
A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.

Friday Playlist: Here Comes the Sun

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of cold and grey. This week’s songs are all about that elusive sun.

1. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
2. In the Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
3. Sunshine (Go Away Today) – Jonathan Edwards
4. Steal My Sunshine – Len
5. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
6. Staring at the Sun – TV on the Radio
7. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
8. Island in the Sun – Weezer
9. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
10. Soak up the Sun – Cheryl

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The Best of 2014

Goodness! It’s been a while since I’ve posted! But it’s still January, so I think I can still squeak in a year end list (or two). Here are the best books I read and songs I discovered in the past year. (Note that some of these may not have actually been released in 2014–this is more a “New to Me” list than “New to the World.”)

In no particular order, here they are:

Best Books of 2014
1. Winger by Andrew Smith
2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
4. Home Leave by Brittani Sonnenberg
5. The Duff by Kody Kepplinger
6. The Cute Girl Network by Greg Means, MK Reed & Joe Flood
7. Tune: Vol. 2 by Derek Kirk Kim
8. Bad Houses by Sara Ryan & Carla Speed McNeil
9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
10. League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada & Steve Fainaru

Best Music of 2014
1. Riptide – Vance Joy
2. Pulaski at Night – Andrew Bird
3. Flaws – Bastille
4. Thunder Clatter – Wild Cub
5. Rolling in the Deep – Aretha Franklin
6. The Wire – Haim
7. Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynn
8. Fireball – Pitbull
9. Magic – Coldplay
10. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Friday Playlist: 90s Edition

In keeping with today’s spirit week theme (Throwback to the 90s, which is disorienting for those of us who realize we now have students who were not alive for any part of the 90s), today’s playlist exclusively features top singles from the 1990s. Enjoy, or cringe. Or both. [Editorial note: this was a very tough list to compile. Did you know that Creep and Kiss from a Rose were both released in the same year? A true musical dilemma.]

1. Vogue – Madonna (1990)
2. Good Vibrations – Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch feat. Loleatta Holloway (1991)
3. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred (1992)
4. I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) – Meat Loaf (1993)
5. The Sign – Ace of Base (1994)
6. Creep – TLC (1995)
7. No Diggity – Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre (1996)
8. MMMBop – Hanson (1997)
9. One Week – Barenaked Ladies (1998)
10. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears (1999)

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Friday Playlist: Science!

On today’s date in 1911, Marie Curie became the first multiple Nobel Prize winner. She remains the only woman to win more than once, and the only person to have won the award in two science categories, because she was amazing. Seriously! She won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 (along with two other scientists, one of whom was her husband) and then in 1911 she was all “Whatevs, guess I’ll just win another Nobel Prize by discovering two chemical elements. NBD.” (It was also her 44th birthday.)

Sadly, she only lived to the age of 66–long-term exposure to the radiation she studied was probably what ultimately killed her–so she couldn’t go on to win all the Nobels.

So here’s your tenuous connection to today’s Friday playlist: the 10 catchiest songs of all time, as determined by SCIENCE. (Or, at least, one semi-scientific study.)

1. Wanabe – Spice Girls
2. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
3. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
4. Just Dance – Lady Gaga
5. SOS – Abba
6. Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
7. Beat It – Michael Jackson
8. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
9. Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
10. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

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