Not to ride on the capes of the ever-popular WCVE Public Radio show Time for the Blues, hosted by John Porter and Henry Cook, but every once in awhile I like to feature a bevy of "World Blues" music on this show. So, as a nod to those two fine fellows, on this week's World Music Show (4/20), you'll get to hear a few chunks of this style of music--but done with a world-music twist.
The World Music Show
When I was a kid, growing up in the bosom of the San Fernando Valley--a suburb in the Los Angeles basin, I was surrounded by about 13 orange trees. Yet, when my Mother would tell me to go pick some oranges, so she could squeeze some fresh orange juice for us, I would complain.
Some times we all need a little distraction. It's a good idea to once in awhile take a break from whatever is bogging you down or clouding your mind and listen to some music. What a great escape music can be, don't you think? So, on this week's World Music Show (4/6), they'll be two hours of some fun and distracting music.
Not sure why I just decided to quote the Teletubbies in the headline for this week's World Music Show (3/30). It could be because of the cover picture, which is the band XTC. They, like the Teletubbies, were also British, and from this picture it looks like they were having quite a bit of fun. However, this may lead you to ask, why is that band being featured on the World Music Show? Well, believe it or not, there is one song in their canon that I think plays as a "World Music" type of song, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Right off the bat, I'm going to claim ignorance. However, said ignorance will have to be blamed on my age--not at this present time, but when I was a young lad. Growing up in the sheltered San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, my only reference to Africa (the theme of this week's World Music Show 3/23), well before digging deeper into Geography classes, was the Warner Bros. cartoons of Bugs Bunny. I had no idea that the continent was made up of many different countries and cultures.
So, it's come to this--cryptic headlines as a way to get your attention. Well, yes and no. Consider it a teaser or an invitation for you to dig a little deeper to see just what-the-what is up with this week's World Music Show (3/16). Now the question is, should I divulge its meaning now? Or drag it out like a sad punchline to a not so funny joke?
Once in awhile, I like to showcase a band or "thing," that I think deserves a little more attention. I like to call these "mini-tributes." And, depending on the artist/band or "thing," I can either dedicate a whole hour to this showcase or I can put together a "mini-tribute." On this week's World Music Show (3/9), it'll be the latter.
One of the good things about this week's The World Music Show (3/2) is that not only do we get to bounce around the planet like we're playing musical hopscotch but they'll be times that we can also jump back and forth through the decades. And that's just what we're going to be doing on this week's show. It'll almost be like we're plugging numbers and letters in from an old style Juke Box that has songs from around the world.
Whether it's called the "Shuffle Show," or the "Spinning Songbook Show (to rip off Elvis Costello's touring show), or anything else in a similar vein, this week's World Music Show (2/23) falls into this same category. And that's ok, because when it comes down to it, isn't it great that in a mere two hours, you can musically travel to different parts of the globe right from the comfort of, well, wherever you happen to listen to the show?
A long time ago, at another radio station in a faraway land, I worked a Sunday morning shift from about 7:00 a.m. until Noon. During that shift, I had to play a national show called "Flashback," in which the host would play songs from the 1970s and 80s (though, to me at the time, that wasn't much of a "Flashback." In any event, while dreaming up this week's World Music Show (2/16), I remembered that job I had and thought, "Hmm, how would that apply to World Music?"