There is more to American youth's involvement in music than American Idol. Unfortunately, what is truly worthy in other forums seldom gets the attention it deserves. Last fall, I highlighted how the band Styxx did a concept DVD with a youth orchestra and you heard insightful thoughts from prog guitarist James Young.
On this week's World Music Show (1/28), I feel like I took all the cool sounds and songs from around the globe and put them into a blender and came out with a show worthy of a few hours. Where to begin, oh, where to begin! Ok, how about with a few tracks from the Maylasian singer and ukelele player Zee Avi. Her voice is smooth, deep, sultry and even whimiscal. And her songs evoke a bit of magic, too.
It's amazing how some people's careers are so extraordiary that to see them written down, you almost don't want to believe it. Such is the case with one of the focuses on this week's World Music Show (1/21). Like a two-drink minimum, we'll take a two-song look from the amazing woman that is Carla Bruni.
Join us the next two weeks for Time for the Blues (1/15/12 & 1/22/12) as we revisit our "Unusual Suspects"--artists not normally known for the blues, like Cyndi Lauper, Rod Stewart and ZZ Top! We had a blast finding this great stuff and you'll have a blast hearing it!
I love getting mail--especially when it's from a record label like Putumayo. To open up a new CD and explore the sounds within makes me giddy. On this week's World Music Show (1/14), we'll all get to explore some new Brazilian beats from a new release by the folks at Putumayo. But what makes this Brazilian release different from their others is that all the tracks are culled from Brazil's Indie music scene. So, the mixes range in everything from Roots-influenced music to bouncing berimbaus to Afro-Brazilian rhythms and retro samba soul.
That particular spelling of music dates back at least to the early 1600's--and--symbolizes our exploration of the antiquarian marrying the modern this Saturday night. From modern melodies to ancient... old Albion has given us a treasure of songs and tunes that have survived centuries... sometimes in original but often modified forms that carry the same spirit of the past.