Music That Moves You with Aaron Francis

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! 

“…watching my Uncle Errol ‘Starr’ Francis win the Juno for best R&B recording in 1988.” – Aaron Francis

Arraon Francis sitting in a recording studio working with garage band and a small keyboard.
Photo: Jessica Rediker

Aaron Francis is a multidisciplinary artist and curator. An alum of the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo, he is also the current chair of the city of Kitchener’s arts and culture advisory committee. Aaron’s most recent initiative – Vintage Black Canada – centers on archiving the visual and oral history of Black diaspora families and all they have richly contributed to Kitchener-Waterloo’s cultural milieu. Read more about this incredible project here.

What are your top five desert island albums?

“-Raekwon the Chef – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

-Manuel De Falla – Nights in the Garden of Spain

-The Beatles – Abbey Road

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

Trojan Records – The Best of Lee Scratch Perry!”

Share one of your favourite musical memories.

“Without a doubt, watching my Uncle Errol ‘Starr’ Francis win the Juno for best R&B recording in 1988.”

What album can’t you live without?

“Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for the movie Inception. I’ve listened to that album more anything, ever. I cannot live without it.”

Share Aaron’s tastes?

Library staff love music, too! Based on Aaron’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!

Aaron's Personalized Playlist: Raekwon "Wi Gambinos (Hidden Chambers Remix)", Eduardo Mata & Tedd Jose "Nights in the Gardens of Spain: I", SiR ft. Kendrick lamar "hair Down", Lee Perry "Enter the Dragon", Abbey Road Troubadours "She Loves You", Hans Zimmer "Inception: Time", Roast Fish and Cornbread "Lee Perry and the Upsetters", Raekwon Ft. Ghostface Killah "Criminology", Danza Lejana "Nights in the Gardens of Spain: II", Kendrick lamar "Bust Down", Lee 'Scratch' Perry "Dread Locks", Raekwon "Knowledge God".

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

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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.