To get the ball rolling, I just want to wish all of you--whatever tradition or holiday you celebrate, a joyous, restful, and magical time. On this week's World Music Show 9 (12/22), we'll try our best to showcase some of what this season has to offer. It's going to be a mish-mash of Holiday tunes that will hopefully put you in the right frame of mind.
Judging by industry sales, it safe to assume--at least in the past anyway--that Christmas music has been an important part of the Season.
I grew up with it and special special memories. Back in the day--vinyl. Samplers were the bomb. Everybody put out great long playing samplers. Even those you would not expect like Firestone Tires. And often with world class peformers. My own introduction to "medievalism" came from an Ames Brothers recording of Good Kind Wencelas--actually an after Christmas carol. Funny how 2 and half minutes can change your worldview.
It's a law of averages. Or perhaps it's a matter of space on the airwaves. But for the two hours allotted for The World Music Show, I average roughly 15 to 18-songs per hour, depending on length of the songs and what vital background information I try to impart between songs. So, at the end of each show, you've hopefully heard around 30 or so songs that have taken you on a mini-sound journey around the planet.
It could just be that time of year. You know, when the sun sets practically after it rises and the chill in the air makes one want to hibernate for an entire month. It's the time of year when there are nights when you want stoke the flames, prop the feet and let your mind drift while hearing a more mellow soundtrack. It's with this mindset that this week's World Music Show (12/8) is based upon.
Join us this week (12/9/12) as Time for the Blues features all live performances by blues greats! We certainly can't fit them all in the studio (wouldn't that be cool!), but you'll love the live recordings just as well! Some of the best will come from this great compilation from the legendary PBS series Austin City Limits!
Ballad singer and old-time musician Elizabeth LaPrelle is a shining star in a movement some are calling The New Young Fogies – twenty-somethings who play old Southern Appalachian music in its pre-bluegrass form, the way it sounded deep in the hills and hollers before radio and commercial recordings came about.