If you’re not familiar with the term “White Elephant Gift,” then let me explain. It’s basically regifting a gift you’re not too thrilled with. And they’re usually given during holiday parties, where most of the gifts are unusually tacky, funny or downright strange (that’s right, I’m talking to you Talking Bass Wall fixture!). Some of the gifts can be very cool, though, and thus during the gift exchange part of the party, participants can “take” a gift they like better than the one they opened—usually up to three times. It’s a fun party to be at.
Symphony Spotlight highlights the careers of orchestral musicians across the country. My guest for our December segment is Sue Heineman, Principal Bassoonist for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Sue joined the NSO in 2000, after holding positions with the New Haven, Memphis, New Mexico, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.
So, don’t think that I’m slipping you a mickey on this week’s World Music Show (12/9) since last week’s ran in a similar vein—meaning that it’s another “Best Of” show! That’s right, 2017 had so much to offer that we’re stretching out the fun all month long (save for the annual World Music Holiday Show).
With that, let’s dive right into some of the best releases that appeared on my radar this past year.
It’s already been more than two years since Robbin Thompson left us. He’d been a pivotal part of the Richmond music scene as a singer, songwriter, producer, and legitimate rock star. But his legacy continues, thanks in part to the live recordings that live in the archives at In Your Ear Studios.
Sharing an evening with Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys is like hanging out at a very high level jam session among close and accomplished friends. This Michigan bred band now based in Nashville brings a warm and infectious attitude to their own brand of Americana.