Spider Sounds: Beyonce “Lemonade”

Editor’s Note: Spider Sounds” invites members of the University of Richmond community to share their thoughts about items in the Parsons Music Library’s collection. The links included will take you to the library catalog record for the item in question, or to additional relevant information.
Today’s installment of “Spider Sounds” comes courtesy of Boatwright Library Faculty Member Irina Rogova, who is the project archivist for UR’s Race and Racism project. She has chosen to highlight Beyoncé’s latest album, Lemonade which was released earlier this year. Thanks, Irina!



Beyonce - Lemonade

On April 23, 2016, Beyoncé released her sixth studio album, Lemonade, to mass critical acclaim. Leading up to the release, promotional materials alluded to some sort of release on HBO, though no details were given about what was actually being released—album, documentary, live show?

Considering the precedent set by her 2013 release of Beyoncé, which was dropped with accompanying music videos for all tracks with no promotion, fans speculation hit an all-time high leading up to the release. The Lemonade premiere on HBO was accompanied by a visual album which interspersed songs from the record with prose and poetry by London-based Somali poet Warsan Shire, and featured a wide cast including Serena Williams, Amandla Stenberg, Quvenzhané Wallis, along with the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, all victims of racial profiling and extra-judicial killing at the hands of law enforcement officials and vigilante citizens. The album and its visual component weave a story which has been described as “every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing.”

Immediately following the release of Lemonade, fans and academics took to Twitter to contribute to a syllabus which would give context to the plethora of references and symbols used in the visual album. Connections ranged from black southern gothic traditions to visual references to Yoruba deity Oshun to audio of Malcolm X. The syllabus was eventually compiled and made available for download by Candice Benbow, who launched the campaign.
Download it here: https://issuu.com/candicebenbow/docs/lemonade_syllabus_2016.
The syllabus, made through collaborative efforts from over 70 black women, focuses heavily on work created by and about the experience of black women in the United States and beyond.

The syllabus was only one of the various intellectual endeavors inspired by Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Melissa Harris-Perry, bell hooks, dream hampton, Ijeoma Oluo, and countless other theorists, activists, and cultural critics have written on the album’s meaning and impact.
Find a collection of some of these pieces here: http://www.threemonkeysonline.com/beyonces-lemonade-ten-articles-on-queen-bey-that-are-actually-worth-reading .

Lemonade Collage - Boatwright Memorial Library

A collage of images from Boatwright Memorial Library’s Lemonade Syllabus display

During the first half of the Fall 2016 semester, a display of materials from the Lemonade syllabus was on view on the second floor of Boatwright Memorial Library.

Spider Sounds

New CDs added in September!

New CDs for September 2016


Beyonce – Lemonade
Bratmobile – Pottymouth
Pink Floyd – The Wall

Beyonce - Lemonade

The Runaways – The Best of the Runaways
Screaming Females – Castle Talk
Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees

The Suffers

The Suffers – The Suffers
Team Dresch – Personal Best
X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents

X-Ray Spex - Germfree Adolescents


Benjamin Britten- Billy Budd

Billy Budd

Avant Garde

John Cage and Sun Ra – John Cage Meets Sun Ra: The Complete Concert, June 8, 1986, Coney Island, NY

John Cage Meets Sun Ra

Spider Sounds: Corinne Bailey Rae

Editor’s Note: “Spider Sounds” invites members of the University of Richmond community to share their thoughts about items in the Parsons Music Library’s collection. The links included will take you to the library catalog record for the item in question, or to additional relevant information.
Today’s installment of “Spider Sounds” comes courtesy of Music Library Student worker, Mary (class of 2018) and features the 2006 self-titled debut album of British soul songstress Corinne Bailey Rae. Thanks for contributing to Spider Sounds, Mary!

Corinne Bailey Rae
Corinne Bailey Rae

Corrine Bailey Rae

I picked this album because I am a big fan of Corinne Bailey Rae’s music.

"Like A Star" UK Single cover

2005 UK CD single cover for “Like A Star”

The first track called “Like A Star” is considered one of her biggest hits was first released as a single in 2005 and was so popular that it was re-released on her self-titled debut album. This song is generally considered a combination of soul, jazz and downtempo. The laid-back smooth tempo matched with Rae’s soulful voice and the sweet lyrics entirely written by her makes it one of my favorites to listen to on a summer night while driving.

"Put Your Records On" CD single

2006 CD single cover for “Put Your Records On”

The third track “Put Your Records On” is also another favorite of mine. It has a relatively faster tempo and a brighter feel compared to “Like A Star,” but still has the Rae’s soulful voice matched with precious lyrics that almost sound like she is talking directly to you as a close friend or a sister. As a young woman, I feel very encouraged and relieved by her sister-like tone of the lyrics in this song as she includes many phrases like “don’t need to worry” and “you’re gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow” along with positive and peaceful images of “three little birds” sitting on her window and summer coming like sweet cinnamon with her favorite music in the background. If you have had a long week and need some music to help you relax, put this song on and it will surely brighten up your day.

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New CDs added in January!

New CDs for January 2016


Herbie Hancock – Future Shock



Adele – 25

Adele 25

Aerosmith – Honkin’ On Bobo
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Sound & Color

Drake – If Youre Reading This Its Too Late
Elle King – Love Stuff
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

To Pimp A Butterfly

Lamb of God – VII: Sturm und Drang
Bettye Lavette – Worthy
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special
Mavis Staples – One True Vine

Mavis Staples - One True Vine

Tame Impala – Currents
Taylor Swift – 1989
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness

New CD’s added this month!


Bartlett & Robertson – Selected Recordings, 1927-1947
Harriet Cohen – Complete Solo Studio Recordings
Philip Corner – Satie Slowly
Myra Hess – Complete Solo and Concerto Studio Recordings
Matthay Miscellany – Rare and Unissued Recordings
Moura Lympany – HMV recordings, 1947 – 1952
Irene Scharrer — Complete Electric and Selected Acoustic Recordings
Schnabel, A. – Complete Beethoven Sonatas
Schubert, F. – Die Schöne Müllerin | Winterreise | Schwanengesang
Katrina Szederkényi – Fantasias and Fugues: Music For Harp


Ferrera Ensemble – Figures of Harmony – Songs of Codex Chantilly c. 1390
Arvo Pärt – Tintinnabuli
Trio Mediaeval – Aquilonis
Julia Wolfe – Steel Hammer


Brian Eno – The Shutov Assembly


Nels Cline and Julian Lage – Room
Red Garland Trio – Swingin’ on the Korner


D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah
Elvis Costello – Beyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello
The Mavericks – In Time
The Mavericks – Mono
The Mavericks – The Definitive Collection

World Music

Cesaria Evora – The Essential Cesaria Evora

New CD’s added this month!


Cannonball Adderley – The Black Messiah
Bob Mintzer Big Band – Latin from Manhattan
David Esleck – Little Ears
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis – Live in Swing City
Thelonious Monk – Big Band and Quartet in Concert
Thelonious Monk – Criss-Cross
Thelonious Monk – It’s Monk’s Time
Thelonious Monk – Live at the It Club
Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Blues
Thelonious Monk – San Francisco Holiday

Vocal Ensemble

Roomful of Teeth – Roomful of Teeth


The Band – Greatest Hits
Donald Fagen – The Nightfly
Jethro Tull – Benefit
Bruce Springsteen – Magic
Bruce Springsteen – The Promise
Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel of Love
Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town
Yes – Close to the Edge
Yes – Fragile
Neil Young – Freedom
Neil Young – Harvest


Jason Robert Brown – Bridges of Madison County
Steven Lutvak – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Curtis Mayfield – Superfly

Western Concert Artistic (i.e. “Classical”)

Unsuk Chin – Xi

Additional CD’s added in August!


Cannonball Adderley – Walk Tall: The David Axelrod Years
Charles Kynard – Legends of Acid Jazz
Miles Davis – Milestones


The Hollies – Greatest Hits
The Pretenders – The Singles
Rick Wakeman – The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Western Concert Artistic (i.e. “Classical”)

Walter Braxton – Dance Suite | The Music of Walter Braxton
Walter Braxton – Five Orchestral Movements from the Music of Walter Braxton
Walter Braxton – Selections | The Music of Walter Braxton (DVD)
Walter Braxton – The Music of Walter Braxton

Additional CD’s added in May!



Berio – Chamber Music
Peter Serkin – Beethoven Sonatas


Michael Daugherty – American Icons


John Coltrane – Africa/Brass
Donald Byrd – Early Byrd


Foy Vance – Joy of Nothing
Bruce Springsteen – Human Torch
Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town

Soul Music

Allen Toussaint – What is Success: The Scepter and Bell Recordings
Charles Wright – Express yourself the best of Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
Gladys Knight – The very best of Gladys Knight & the Pips : the early years

Soundtracks/Film Music

Various – BaadAsssss Cinema (The Sounds of Blaxploitation)
Various – The Best of Blaxploitation

New CD’s added this month!



Ben Powell – New Street
Don Pullen – New Beginnings
Eberhard Weber – Silent Feet
Eberhard Weber – Colours
Ken Peplowski – Maybe September
Pat Metheny Group – Kin()
Steve Turre – In the Spur of the Moment
Steve Turre – Keep Searchin’
Steve Turre – Rhythm Within
Terri Lyne Carrington – Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue

Funk, Soul, R&B

Betty Wright – The Platinum Collection
Impressions – Definitive Impressions
King Curtis – Instant Soul: The Legendary King Curtis
Tyrone Davis – The Ultimate Tyrone Davis


Hezekiah Walker & LFC – Souled Out



Steep Canyon Rangers – Tell the Ones I Love


Beethoven – Four Sonatas for Fortepiano
Berio – Sequenzas
Berio – Rendering | Stanze
Messiaen – La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ


Hillsong – The Very Best of Hillsong Live

Funk, Soul, R&B

Candi Staton – Candi Staton
Eddie Floyd – Rare Stamps
Fatback Band – Fatbackin’
Harlem River Drive – Harlem River Drive
Howard Tate – Get It While You Can
The J.B.’s – Funky Good Time: The Anthology
Various – I’m a Good Woman 2: Funk Classics From Sassy Soul Sisters
Various – Move to Groove: The Best of 1970’s Jazz Funk


Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
Duke Ellington – Such Sweet Thunder
John Abercrombie Quartet – Within a Song
Miles Davis – Four & More


R&B, Soul, Funk, African JAZZ, and more…

Abdullah Ibrahim – African Marketplace
Abdullah Ibrahim – African Sun
Abdullah Ibrahim – Blues for a Hip King
Abdullah Ibrahim – Voice of Africa
Aretha Franklin – Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul
Betty Harris – The Lost Soul Queen
Don Covay – The Platinum Collection
Ike and Tina Turner – Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner
James Brown – The Payback
Otis Clay – Testify!
Undisputed Truth – The Collection
Various – For Connoisseurs Only, Vol. 2
Various – For Connoisseurs Only, Vol. 3
Various – Heart of Southern Soul, Vol. 2
Various – Heart of Southern Soul, Vol. 3
Various – Heart of Southern Soul, Nashville/Memphis/Muscle Shoals
Various – Land of 1000 Dances
Various – Land of 1000 Dances 1956-1966, Vol. 2
Various – Rare and Unreissued New York Funk, 1969-1976
Various – Rough Guide to South African Jazz
Wilson Pickett – Very Best of Wilson Pickett


Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit
Miles Davis – My Funny Valentine
Mike Jones Trio – Plays Well with Others
Paul Motion – On Broadway, Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Paquito D’Rivera – Song for Maura


Matt Flinner Trio – Music du Jour


Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance


Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience


Mandisa – Overcomer