Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Mark Dvorak at Friday at the Ford

Friday night of September 19 was a joyous occasion as singer-songwriter Mark Dvorak returned to Thomas Ford to perform original songs and beloved folk classics. We had been looking forward … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jim Green’s Concert at Friday at the Ford

The library is a place for learning. Everyone who came to Jim Green’s concert at the Thomas Ford Library in May learned the sound of percussive acoustic guitar, a method … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release by Jean-Michele Guesdon and Philippe Margotin

The spindle on my inner phonograph is stacked high with Beatles records. I have just finished reading All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release by Jean-Michele Guesdon and … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Somebody Loan Me a Dime by Fenton Robinson

The name Fenton Robinson won’t immediately bring anything to mind for most people. But it should be as familiar as Buddy Guy or Otis Rush. Robinson not only wrote a … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Who is William Onyeabor?

I’m not sure that the fifth volume in Luaka Bop’s World Psychedelic Classics series actually answers the question its title poses, Who is William Onyeabor? They admit to having only a … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Dancing Girl” by Terry Callier

Track #52 on Thommy Ford’s Playlist Well, this is the last post in 2013’s weekend series on music. Since we kicked the series off with a post on Chicago legend Howlin’ … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

“White Christmas” written by Irving Berlin

Track #51 on Thommy Ford’s Playlist “White Christmas” as recorded by Bing Crosby may be the highest selling single ever. Billboard and other charting services can only speculate because they … Continue reading

December 22, 2013 · Leave a comment