My father dragged me and my sisters to free concerts at the Great New York State Fair every year when we were younger. Don’t get me wrong – The Animals, Three Dog Night, The Temptations, Jefferson Starship…they all made great music – but it was my dad’s music.

Fast forward a few years, and I was driving back and forth to Oswego every day for school. Listening to pop radio stations during the drive grew tiresome because of overplayed current hits. That’s when I discovered Classic Rock. It was so much fun to hear so many amazing new-to-me artists: Aerosmith, Styx, Queen, Van Halen, The Eagles, Deep Purple, Foreigner and so many more – including Eddie Money.

So when Eddie Money came to Chevy Court in the early 2000s, it was exciting for me. It wasn’t going to be going to a concert filled with music I didn’t recognize. I had listened to Eddie Money’s songs on the radio, I sang along to them – I had a connection to the music, and it was amazing how quickly the hour-long concert went by.

This fond memory came to my mind when I heard the surprising news of Eddie Money’s death. It’s sad to think that there won’t be any new Eddie Money memories, but it’s nice to know that he will continue to live on through his music.

Whether you’re a longtime fan or are just discovering his music as I once did, I’m sure you’ll appreciate that you can access his music for free through the library via the Freegal music service. Stream up to 3 hours per day and download 5 songs a week to keep – you’ll just need your card a PIN. Here are a few of my favorites: