You know what you don't hear much anymore at live shows? Mic checks. At least I don't seem to recall hearing any of these lately. Perhaps I'm going to the wrong shows. I'm thinking about this for a few reasons--1, is that my mind works in odd, mysterious ways. And 2, it sort of goes with the theme of this week's World Music Show (6/22), which is a continuation of the celebration of Summer via live music shows.
The World Music Show
First off, my apologies to the 80s band Simple Minds. I'm hijacking their album title for this week's World Music Show (6/15) blog. I'm doing this with good reason, though. You see, throughout the Summer months, I'll be featuring snippets of live music from various World Music artists as a way to celebrate one of the best times to see live music.
On the cusp of the summer season (or rather the impending onslaught of humidity-riddled days), I thought it fitting to pepper a few of the upcoming shows with some live music. To kick off this week's World Music Show (6/8), we'll start this celebration with some highlights from a music festival that took place in Nijmegen, which is in the Netherlands.
It may seem obvious, but I think it bares repeating, that music is a universal language. There's nothing "lost in translation" when you're listening. I mean, you may not understand the words being sung, but beats are a global thing, right? So in typical World Music Show fashion, this week's show (6/1) will run the gamut of songs that you may or may not understand. But that's ok, because it's just music. Nothing to fear here from your speakers.
The great Elvis Costello (one of my hero's) once sang that "radio is a sound salvation." Well on this week's World Music Show (5/25), the sounds you'll hear may not bring you salvation but they'll certainly be able to entertain you. And not to knock the other stations that you hear around town (because there are some good ones) but to me radio, and particularly music heard on the radio, has always been a way to transform my understanding of the World. And sadly, you just don't get to hear music like that from commercial stations.
On one level, music is a simple thing, right? We know what we like and often times we may not even pay attention to what's being played. Many times music is even background noise, simply sounds to absorb throughout the day.
There are things we do for those we love, even though we may not want to. For me, it's taking a trip to a craft store with my wife. I'll go because I know she likes to go there. But if I can avoid it, I will. Then there are the things we do for those we love becuase we know that it'll bring them great joy. That's the premise for this week's World Music Show (5/11).
Listen. I've got to make this quick. You see, sometimes, there are so many things pulling at me, from all sorts of directions, that once in awhile, it's hard to find the time to share the beauty of sound that awaits you on Saturday night. I'm sure that's true for many of us. So the blog for this week's World Music Show (5/4) is going to cut to the chase. That's right, no fluffy filler information--just the main bits that will hopefully sway you to tune into this week's show.
It's getting to be that time of year. You know, the weather is finally being somewhat consistent, it's staying lighter longer and I can see the road signs up ahead of a future vacation. It's with that eye on the horizon that I decided to make this week's World Music Show (4/27) a mini-trip to various island nations (with other "beachy" locales thrown in). You could say that I'm getting Itchy Feet about wanting to travel.
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.