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A Cavalcade of Sound

Lately I've noticed, while reviewing my past blogs, that I've kind of adopted a "shuffle" theme. I realize this is because trying to pinpoint one or two themes for The World Music Show is a hard thing to do week after week. It's not as if I don't like theme shows, it's just I like to put together shows the way I like to listen to music--all over the place. It's sort of like when I listen to the radio, I like to be surprised. And I like to pass along that same surprise feeling to you. So many of my shows, I've noticed, will have chunks or mini-sets of themes.

The teacher asked what I did on my summer vacation: AREA 51?

Let's see.  Two new books for you--AREA 51 by investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen and The Hunt for Zero Point by Nick Cook, former aviation editor of Jane's Defence Weekly.  And of course the music.  As diverse as Area 51 is complicated its not a black and white issue.  There are those who are convinced the secret military installation [which does not exist according to the US government] is a secret base where fake moon landings were staged and aliens are housed.  Other questions pop into existance as rapidly as the quantum flux...

Ry & Steve at the Crossroads: 25 Years Later

Despite the fact that its fiction with a number of historical and spiritual errors, the 1986 film featuring a musical score by Ry Cooder is still the best film about Guitar-dom ever made. John Fusco's screenplay given one off direction by Walter Hill elevates a simple story to mythical proportion. Not to mention the virtuosity of Steve Vai and Cooder's slide work enhanced with a number of blues legends.

Look! It’s the Smell of Newness!

There is something about opening up a new CD. Is it the crinkle of the plastic? No, it’s not that. Is it the forced-removal of that plastic security tag, which takes a millennium to remove? I think not. No, for me, it’s the anticipation of what will be found by spinning the disc, as it were. And in the reading of the liner notes. So on this weeks World Music Show (7/2), as luck would have it, I get to play some new music.

40 Years Ago The Fillmore East Closed

You know you’re getting older when....wait. Don't answer that.

How is it i can remember the loud, clean, piercing tone of Albert King’s Flying V, the mania that followed a J Geils performance and the southern style and majesty of the original Allman Brothers Band, but have to look for my car keys if they are not in their designated morning place?  Ok...that’s rhetorical. Don’t answer that either.

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