As a musical artist if you're submitting your material for a CD sampler or elsewhere, its not unusual to be asked on a form how do you describe your music....folk, new age, alternate or fill in the blank. Labels are the bane of classifying modernn creativity and that brings us to the subject of this week's primary focus. The ever unpredictable and always challenging Carol Lipnik.
When I was looking at the calendar for June for some ideas for the World Music Show, I noticed that besides Father's Day (in which they'll be a great World Music Show), there were some very interesting holidays happening around the globe. So this week's World Music Show (6/4) is going to a celebration of Random Holidays. For instance, in Australia, there is Foundation Day; in New Zealand, the Queens Birthday; in Ireland, there is a bank holiday and there is also World Environment Day on June 5th.
This particular holiday weekend is perhaps one of the most bizarre for me. The commercial media ratio of advertising to awareness of Memorial Day is....well, I dont' have to tell you. My late Dad was a vet of WWII. So are some of my fave departed uncles who also served overseas. At the oddest moments I'll sometimes think of them under fire with the hell of war surrounding them. Because of what they did I'm here. And the domino effect through the decades is this radio station, the weekly Croudes you tune in and our general way of life.
Sometimes when I'm trying to think of what to play for a show, I toss around a few different themes or points on the globe in order to put together a solid show. Then, there are other times when I take all those ideas and just toss then in the metaphorical blender just to see what comes out. On this week's show (5/28), that's the route I've chosen. But, don't worry, blended shows are just as tasty as well, crafted shows. I mean, how else would you get to hear reggae music from New Zealand, or Woody Allen movie music from Barcelona? With a blended show, the possibilities are endless.
Let me ask you this: Are you someone who likes to or has to play a CD from start to finish? Or are you someone who likes to hit the shuffle or random button when you play your music? As for me, my needle (that's a reference to how albums are played) likes to play my music both ways. Sometimes I have to go from start to finish and other times I like to take whatever plays. So on this World Music Show (5/21), I've decided to hit the shuffle button on my world music playlist, which will feature some tunes from my personal iPod.
A pun I’ll admit – as you can’t Fireballet on Focus. And somehow the James Gang doesn’t fit in there but will in the show.
That brings us to compositional length. In the early to mid 1960s, most radio material seldom exceeded 3 minutes. That all changed with commercial Progressive FM radio in the latter part of that decade.