Music That Moves You with Jesse Maranger

Music is the universal language. It brings people together, it colours our memories, it moves us. And now – perhaps, more than ever – is the perfect time to celebrate the joy and beauty music provides.

Every other week, we will profile a different community member who will share how music moves them. We will then share links to library resources based on their personal tastes so that Kitchener Public Library can help you discover new music to move you! 

“Have you ever heard a song that makes you stop everything that you’re doing to listen?” – Jesse Maranger

Jesse Maranger playing a guitar in a recording studio.
Photo: Jessica Rediker

Jesse Maranger is a singer-songwriter living in Kitchener who is passionate about creating music and building community. He also is a part of the Heffner Studio team at Kitchener Public Library.

What album can’t you live without?

“Adrianne Lenker – “abysskiss”. This might be my favourite album of the last five years. It’s a beautiful, understated, and effortless album that I keep coming back to over and over again. Each song is powerful on its own, but the real magic here is in listening to the album as a whole. It’s a lush record full of layered acoustic guitars, intimate vocals and just the right amount of eerie background instruments. In my opinion it’s musical perfection.”

What are you listening to lately?

“Lately I can’t get enough of The National’s new album, “I Am Easy to Find”. Friends of mine gifted me the vinyl for my birthday and it’s now my go-to Saturday afternoon soundtrack. Each song on the record features a different female vocalist (including Lisa Hannigan, my favourite), and every track is worthwhile. Have you ever heard a song that makes you stop everything that you’re doing to listen? This album is full of those songs.”

What’s one of your favourite musical memories?

“A lot of kids read with their parents/guardians before bed, but not for me and my Mum. Every night before going to sleep I’d get to choose three different songs for us to sing together. Even though I mostly requested Christmas songs (even in the middle of June), my Mum was ever-patient and never complained. I think that will always be my favourite musical memory.”

Share Jesse’s tastes?

Library staff love music, too! Based on Jesse’s responses, we were inspired to create a personalized playlist with Freegal – a music streaming service that you can access for free with your library card!

Jesse's Personalized Playlist: The national "Turn on Me", Lisa Hannigan "Little Bird", Mark Ronson Ft Angel Olsen "True Blue", Aldous Harding "Hunter", Sharon Van Etten "Teen Angel", Leonard Cohen "Sisters of Mercy", Kevin Morby "Caught in my Eye", The Replacements "Here Comes a Regular", Cat Power "Wild is the Wind", Andre Ethier "Big Wheel at the Ashram", Lemonheads "Waiting Around to Die", Great Lake Swimmers "Moving Pictures, Silent Films", Tom Waits "I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You", Loudon Wainwright III "The Swimming Song".

Listen to the playlist. You may be asked to login using your library card. (Need a library card? No problem – sign up here.)

More Library Resources:

  • Check out the Sounds of Isolation project, which captures the everyday sounds of our community while in the face of COVID-19. Every sound and melody you hear in this video was created using clips submitted by the community.
  • Did you know Heffner Studio at Central Library is open? Zehr and Broadcast studios and two project workstations are available by reservation. Learn more here.
  • Register for Introduction to Recording. This 3-program series is appropriate for teens and adults. Perfect for the budding podcaster or recording artist!

Looking for more?

Not sure what to read next? Looking for new music or shows to binge? Ask us! Our staff can suggest new items from the library collection, picked out just for you. Let us know what you are looking for and we will create a personalized suggestion list for you. Fill out the form here.