In looking at the calendar for this week's World Music Show (5/26), I realized that this weekend marks the "unofficial" beginning of the summer season. And like any good procrastinator, as is my nature, I suddenly realized that I had to come up with some type of theme to talk about. Well, thank goodness for holidays. Because after perusing the playlist for Saturday's show, I realized that, indeed, there is a theme hidden inside that can corralate with the start of summer. So follow me as I try to persuade you on my new found theme.
Three of the world’s most accomplished players of Irish traditional music - Martin Hayes (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar) and Kevin Crawford (flute/whistle) - will bring the “pure drop” to C'ville Coffee (1301 Harris St. Charlottesville, VA) on Tuesday, May 29th, 7:00 p.m. The trio performs under the name the Teetotallers.
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.