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Tinkering Around Latin America

Coming up on this week's World Music Show:

I've always been sort of a mobile person. You know, jumped from one location to the next every few years. And though I'm currently calling Richmond home, my starting place was in California. That state is one big plot of land, and for the most part, I've lived in some of the best places that state has to offer. I grew up in Los Angeles, but also lived in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Oakland. And one of the benefits of those cities is the amount of great music that each has to offer.

Stars and their Sitars

On last week’s World Music Show we looked back at some of the originators of World Music from the 1950s & 60s. This week (October 8th), we’re taking a similar vein in looking back. But let’s start with a question. Do you remember when you first heard The Beatles song “Norwegian Wood?” I do. I was very young of course and into playing my older brother’s records (eventually I’d get my own) and I remember putting on “Rubber Soul” and really liking that sound that I knew wasn’t a guitar, but I wasn’t sure what it was. Turns out, it was a sitar.

Props to the Originators

It's time to give some props to a few of the originators who were able to bring World Music to an American audience. On this week's World Music Show (Saturday, October 1st) we'll tip our hats to artists like: Desi Arnaz, Harry Belafonte and Carmen Miranda. Where would the world have been without their contribution? I'm not sure, but they, along with many others, were able to highlight some really great music from places like Cuba, South America and the Caribbean.

A Night of Duo & Trios

It's time to focus. I tell this to myself on a regular basis--especially when listening to tracks that I've culled together for The World Music Show. You see, my mind tends to wander aimlessly while listening to beats from faraway places. And, while listening, and contemplating, I try to focus on what type of theme will emerge from the artists I've pulled together. So, after much review, a theme for this week's show (on 9/24) emerged as if from a fog. This week's show is about: Duos & Trios.

Nostalgia Thyme sans Rosemary

Do you find the title mystifying?  Me, too.

But that’s the power of music.  To communicate a range of feelings and moods that no other language can begin to impart.  At this time of the year, there are certain tracks that pop up in my mind as annually as the Fall colors that will be coming our way. I’ve asked others about this. Most tend to agree.  Whereas commercial radio playlsits cycle the same top 50 over and over again, yours truly has the luxury to play to the Seasons.

Time to Dig Dan Zanes

Once in a blue moon or once in a millennium I'm able to craft together a pretty decent World Music Show. This week's show could be one of those shows, because there's so much good music in both hours that each hour could stand on it's own as a stellar piece. Ok, maybe as host and producer of the World Music Show, I'm biased, but I'll let you be the judge.

The Electric Croude Remembers September 11th

This year The Electric Croude, a weekly local feature of your Community Idea Stations, airs just hours shy prior to the attack on our American homeland 10 years ago. In this one hour special, listeners will hear a variety of vocal and instrumental works that remind us that while we should never forget – music has its own transcendental way of providing a simultaneous memorial and a healing balm like nothing else can.

Dub this Reggae Vibe

Listen: There are sometimes when I just need to relax, you know "chill," as they say. Weeks will go by until I realize that, "hey, life's been moving kind of fast lately, so I'd better slow down." (That's right, I talk to myself in quotes). But the point is, things are moving fast. Summer has just officially ended (though, I wish the weather would get the memo), my first daughter just started Kindergarten and there's the 10-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks.* So, it's with all these heavy things happening, that I really need some musical time to relax.

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