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.
The World Music Show
Maybe it's just the encroaching coldness that got me thinking or actually got my body thinking. And it's thinking that for this week's World Music Show (11/16), it had better start moving. Because when there's a cold front that pretty much stays in place until March, your body can do one of two things: It can hibernate or it can be active. I opt for the later (at least for now--get back to me in January). So, what better way is there to get your body moving than by throwing a party?
When looking for a theme for this week’s World Music Show (11/9), I had to look no further than to the first CD on the playlist. In fact, you could say I lifted this week’s headline from the title of that CD. But even with that thievery, the message is actually a good one. Because when you think about, what is World Music but a vast exploration of cultures through music?
Ok, I bet you're wondering just what a picture of Imelda Marcos, the former Filipino politician and widow of the tenth Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, is doing on the cover of this week's blog for The World Music Show (11/2). And, I bet you're probably wondering what that headline "In the Name of Dub, Ya," has to do with her as well. Well, we'll get to that in a moment.
I've just decided that this week's World Music Show (10/26) theme is all about the jams. Why? It's simple, really. When you have two hours of various, stellar musicians from around the globe smooshed together in one place, what better thing can happen? And even though all 25 tracks were done separately, I'm going to imagine that all these musicians are having a jam session in the studios of 88.9 WCVE. Who's with me?
Now that you are, let's break it down by hour and by chunk of music or sets as they are apt to be called.
Just who is the King of Bongo? I know it's a question that's been tormenting listeners throughout the ages. It's been gnawing on their sub conscious like an earwig--ok, that's going too far, right? Well, on this week's World Music Show (10/19) we'll put some good sounds into your ears, try to comprehend what French Salsa music sounds like, and check out a song from the End of the Word (sadly, it's not a reference to The Walking Dead). And, of course, we'll answer that 25-cent question about just who is the King of Bongo.
Ok, before anyone gets upset, this isn't a rallying cry to stop folks from going out to see and hear live music. On the contrary, the above headline is more of a thought--a note to self, that since this weekend is a bit rainy and there's a touch of Fall in the air, that it may be ok to just stay at home. You know, grab a blanket and start a fire in the fireplace. But, instead of revving up the DVD or streaming the latest flick, how about you turn on the radio?
When you look at a radio show, on paper that is, it's format is one of chunks or segments. I prefer to call them the former. "Chunks" just seems so much more tangible, something you can sink your teeth or ears into (wait, that doesn't read well does it? But I'm going to stick with it). On this week's World Music Show (10/5), each chunk of music will be of a certian theme. From South African music, to desert guitar tracks to a mini-salute to the Marley family, this week's show will be slices of wonderment. With that, let the chunks fly!
So, let me be a little more general. Just becuase the headline for this week's World Music Show (9/28) is dubbing this "couch music," doesn't mean that you're required to listen to the show on the sofa, futon, et. al. It just means that finding yourself a cozy spot to enjoy all of this week's bounty, would be a good thing to do. Also, contrary to what the image may imply, this week's show is by no means a low-key type of show.
Sure, it's ok to make up words--especially in headlines. That's where the fun is, at least when it comes to writing. When it comes to music, the fun part is the playing--and listening to it. Hence the beauty of this week's World Music Show (9/21). Actually, that's the beauty of every show. And if you can gleem from the headline this week's theme, then 50 points to you! Yes, this week's show will be heavy in Brazilian (and other Latin) music--especially in the first hour.