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.
“Ever hear of this Robert Zimmerman??”
You have to imagine that’s what raced through the minds of Brandeis University students in May, 1963. Bob Dylan wasn’t famous and played the metaphorical second fiddle to those such as Pete Seeger, Jean Redpath and others. His music was accepted enthusiastically and the concert taped....AND....buried for decades.
Do you ever dream about a place that you've never been to? I do, and for me, France is one of those places for me. I've never been to France, but through all the films' pictures and of course music, I feel like I can almost walk the streets with my eyes closed. So, with that, on this week's (5/14) World Music Show, we’re all going to take a trip there together, well, musically at least. So, for just about two hours, we’ll be transported.