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'Tis the Season--to Mellow Out

Ok, I'll admit it. It's halfway through December and I'm already burned out. Perhaps that's a normal thing this time of year, right? In any event, becuase of this rush of things to do, see, touch, feel, experience, etc., I decided that it's time to mellow out--at least for a couple of hours. So, on this week's World Music Show (12/14), we'll keep the tempo at an even keel. And though most of the show will follow this mantra, there will be spots of sound that will ensue a bit of glee and foot tapping.

The Best Albums of 2013 - A Baker's Dozen

NPR posted its list of the 50 Favorite Albums of 2013 earlier this week, which prompted me to come up with a list of my own. I didn’t do a whole lot of active searching for new music in 2013, instead I let it come to me. I don’t have 50 worth mentioning, but here are my 13 favorites from 2013. Some are from 2012 but I didn't hear them until this year! 

The World from A to Z

Like throwing spaghetti pasta against the wall, sometimes you have to throw a theme out into the world ether to see if it sticks. On this week's World Music Show (12/7), I'll do just that. And from the looks of it, I think this theme will be a winner. In a matter of just two hours, we're going to travel the world from A to Z, musically speaking of course. With 26 letters to get through, will there be enough time? Or will a letter and song be left out in the cold like a dangling participle? You'll have to tune in to find out. 

From A to C: 

Get Under the Covers

Perhaps this week's headline should should read "Pull up the Covers!" Or "Covering the Covers," would be even better. How about you pick which headline best suits this week's World Music Show (11/30)? In case you can't figure out the theme for this week's show from those three headers, I'll fess up. It's my annual "World Music Covers" show.

Hot Leftovers 2013! No Blues Turkeys--Except For The Hosts!

Escape the holidays with the too-much-fantastic-food coma, the stare-blankly-at-the-television-sports coma, and the mindless-shopping-for-whatever-this-store-has-on-sale blues, and enjoy some real blues with Time For the Blues this Saurday (11/30/13) starting at 11 p.m. on 88.9 WCVE. Henry Cook and I are serving up a heaping helping of great tunes, bad jokes, and more than one surprise. Goes great with the leftover turkey sandwich!

Wake Up the Kids!

There was a time, not too long ago, in the history of the World Music Show, in which the show aired on Saturday afternoons. And in that two-hour time slot, the music was a tad different. Sure, it was still World Music--but it was a just a bit safer. In fact, there were a few times in those seasons, that an entire hour was dedicated to playing "Kids World Music." So, on this week's World Music Show (11/23), we're going to recapture a bit of that spirit.

It's Latin Party Time! (Featuring a "Babalu"-Off!)

Maybe it's just the encroaching coldness that got me thinking or actually got my body thinking. And it's thinking that for this week's World Music Show (11/16), it had better start moving. Because when there's a cold front that pretty much stays in place until March, your body can do one of two things: It can hibernate or it can be active. I opt for the later (at least for now--get back to me in January). So, what better way is there to get your body moving than by throwing a party?

A Heart Warmer for Third Season: An Interview with Dave Thompson

If not for Dave Thompson’s new book, Fire and Wine-An Armchair Guide to Steve AshleyI dare say an important part of English music history might well be lost. For decades I’ve enjoyed the writing and singing of Steve--and have been honored to have him on The Electric Croude twice--most recently during last December.

One World, Many Cultures

When looking for a theme for this week’s World Music Show (11/9), I had to look no further than to the first CD on the playlist. In fact, you could say I lifted this week’s headline from the title of that CD. But even with that thievery, the message is actually a good one. Because when you think about, what is World Music but a vast exploration of cultures through music?

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