Once, a few years ago, I was in the dark when it came to World Music. I assumed that the term World Music meant music from, you know, other parts of the world beside my own backyard. Well, fast forward a few years--and a few 100 shows of my World Music Show and I've come to learn that yes, Ian, there is World Music in your own backyard. And in fact, there is World Music to be found from all over the United States.
This is the time of the year when I especially enjoy epic adventures...both sonic and cinematic. That quickly brings us round to this Saturday night's show. While epic usually denotes "length of time"--thats only one dimension. The sublime talent of Rachel Bissex was cut way too short with breast cancer. Yet I define her musical career clearly in the realm of epic when you hear her December Moon which opens the show.
Thanksgiving. A time for family, rest, and all that food. And with all that food comes leftovers. On this week's World Music Show (11/26), the show will feature some choice musical leftovers. Though these tracks have been played on the show before, their freshness is sure to please anyone who is need of extra servings.
Make a big fat sandwich like the one Henry made that he dubbed "Henry's Temptation" and kick back for some killer tunes on this week's Time for the Blues! (11/27/11) There's enough to go around for everyone!
I feel like I may have eggnog or stuffing starting to infiltrate the confines of my head. It could be the oncoming Holiday flurry that will soon overtake all of us like a swatch of gravy on a pile of mashed potatoes. Or it could be that, with the Holidays coming, the small space in my brain, only has room for a few limited items. Either way, I'll get right to the mix. On this week's World Music Show (11/19), it'll be like a feast of sounds for your ears--which is a good thing (and better for the waistline).
Before I get to the art and music of David Byrne, who is part of a mini-retrospective on this week's (11/12) World Music Show, I want to highlight a few of the artists I'll be featuring in the first hour of the show. Let's cut through some of the musicians you may have heard before on the show--though, their placement in this random order should not diminish their significance any less.
Each week on The World Music Show little tidbits of sound collide together into a cacophony of global sound which ends in a two hour triumph of fun for your ears. And, each week, after culling through the tracks, a theme will emerge that enables me to write this blog. But in some rare cases, a theme or a special bit of tracks will stand out as something that I feel needs to be saluted and/or addressed. Which leads me to this week's explanation of the title, "Funk Rock Eruptions."
You know that old expression "like a kid in a candy store"? Well, when I get a chance to visit an honest to goodness record store (like Plan 9 in Carytown), it's hard to figure out what to purchase. On the one hand, I'm pretty frugal and have a certain budget I should follow. On the other hand, I know that the more I get, the more I'll get to share with you. On either hand, the bottom line is that we're both winners.
There is a special kind of sonic magic that transforms October. As the late Nick Drake, acclaimed folk singer once sang “...Autumn reaches her for her golden crown...” The fresh morning chill in the air, the transmuting of foliage into natural blankets of color against bare charcoal branches against a purple twilight sky and the music that pervades and massages our soul.