Listen: Ok, sure, I just borrowed that opener ("Listen") from the great Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. And with all due respect to the legacy of Mr. Vonnegut, I think he'd be OK with me snaking that line for this week's World Music Show blog (1/18). And, I'm sure you'll forgive me for tweaking the headline a bit from "Think Globally/Act Locally," to what you see above. Again, I think everyone will be OK with that. The reason being is that there is some great World Music to be found right here in RVA.
The World Music Show
Many years ago, when I was a struggling writer, I wanted to write a story that took place in South Africa while it was under the Apartheid system. Despite all the research and rough drafts I did, I never completed it--the scope was too big for me and my young brain to comprehend.
In this age of digital downloads, instant messaging and up-to-the-minute updates on people's various or nefarious activities, it's nice to actually get a piece of mail. And it's even more exciting to get a package sent via Airmail all the way from Cyprus. Now, occasionally my inbox--both my physical and electronic one--get various packages of new music stuffed inside of it. While some gifts are good, others are not (and they mysteriously find another box to live in). That's why when a new CD that's really good comes my way, it's like a miracle of science.
Forget those other end-of-the-year "best-of" lists. Sure, they have a purpose and offer some valid recommendations, plus they have the luxury of showcasing all the new music that was released this year. But on this week's World Music Show (12/28), you'll get a better "best-of," compilation! How so? I'll take some of the new music that came my way and combine it with some of my favorite songs from the six seasons of hosting the World Music Show--hence, it's the annual "Raves & Faves" show, 2013 edition.
We asked Ian Stewart, host of The World Music Show, if he had any holiday gift ideas for world music lovers. Here's what he said...
Yes, it's that time of year, which means it's time for the annual World "Holiday" Music Show (12/21)! Peppered throughout the two-hour program will be tunes not normally heard during the holiday season. Then, mixed throughout the rest of show, will be songs that fit perfectly into this time of year.
Ok, I'll admit it. It's halfway through December and I'm already burned out. Perhaps that's a normal thing this time of year, right? In any event, becuase of this rush of things to do, see, touch, feel, experience, etc., I decided that it's time to mellow out--at least for a couple of hours. So, on this week's World Music Show (12/14), we'll keep the tempo at an even keel. And though most of the show will follow this mantra, there will be spots of sound that will ensue a bit of glee and foot tapping.
Like throwing spaghetti pasta against the wall, sometimes you have to throw a theme out into the world ether to see if it sticks. On this week's World Music Show (12/7), I'll do just that. And from the looks of it, I think this theme will be a winner. In a matter of just two hours, we're going to travel the world from A to Z, musically speaking of course. With 26 letters to get through, will there be enough time? Or will a letter and song be left out in the cold like a dangling participle? You'll have to tune in to find out.
From A to C:
Perhaps this week's headline should should read "Pull up the Covers!" Or "Covering the Covers," would be even better. How about you pick which headline best suits this week's World Music Show (11/30)? In case you can't figure out the theme for this week's show from those three headers, I'll fess up. It's my annual "World Music Covers" show.
There was a time, not too long ago, in the history of the World Music Show, in which the show aired on Saturday afternoons. And in that two-hour time slot, the music was a tad different. Sure, it was still World Music--but it was a just a bit safer. In fact, there were a few times in those seasons, that an entire hour was dedicated to playing "Kids World Music." So, on this week's World Music Show (11/23), we're going to recapture a bit of that spirit.