I received a text message from Gene Ween. It said “Muddle up your mind”, which is a lyric from the song “A Man Alone” on his solo debut Marvelous Clouds, recently released on Partisan Records under his given name of Aaron Freeman. The text was a response to a message I had sent him a few days earlier with the word “Marvelous” – my one word review of the album. I’d like to think I’m special but it’s probably the same reply he sends to everyone. You see, Gene, I mean Aaron, has posted his cell number online (609-542-0751
Quick, name an instrument (besides the guitar) that is played almost entirely throughout the world (except for pretty much all of Asia). Did you guess the accordion? I hope you didn't peek at the headline to get that answer. The accordion is the theme of this week's World Music Show (5/19) becuase every once in awhile, it's good to give some props to a global instrument such as this that is held in such high regard.
Throughout the parts of the world, the accordion has a many different names:
This week’s show is something of a time traveling sandwich–the late 1990s surrounded by the 70’s–and 3 different areas of the world to boot featuring our own South with Duane Allman, Scandanavia with Norwegian born Terje Rypdal, and Canada’s six-string maestro Alex Lifeson.
As the years go by, I’m more conscious of linking certain albums with certain holidays. Listening to and broadcasting from my bedroom as a kid was challenging. Not like radio. Since the speakers were not directly positioned in the windows, lots of extra amperage was required to make sure the neighborhood enjoyed what I did. I had more direct feedback from the rest of the household downstairs.
Right off the bat, I want to clarify a little something about this week's World Music Show (5/12). It's not all about Mothers or Mothers who are musicians. Oh sure, I'll feature a few artists who happen to be mother's. But the main crux of this week's show is an ode to a mother I'm quite fond of, my wife Mariah, who happens to also be the mother of my two kids, Piper and Emmett.
If I were a carnival barker (do they still have those?), I'd have that uber-huge megaphone out on the streets of Richmond right now. And through that funnel of sound enhancement, I'd be shouting that on this week's World Music Show (5/5), there is something for everyone. From Big Noise Funky Tropicalismo music to garage-rock out of China, the show will be a cacophony of beats.