They say music is a family affair. Or perhaps maybe I'm confusing that slogan with another one. In any event, the point is that families bond over music. Whatever was on your parents or siblings turntable, 8-track, cassette or radio station when you were a kid probably holds some special memory in your heart now as an adult.
I know that for me, riding in around in my mother's dirt-brown Chevy Malibu on our way to swim practice meant that she'd pop in the 8-track of people like James Taylor or the group Bread or Jethro Tull, in order to ease her commute to yet another two to three hours of parental waiting. Or on drives with my father, he'd put in the cassette of Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors," or even Ravel's "Bolero," on our journey's to places I can't remember. But I do remember the music.
That's why on this week's World Music Show (5/3), I'm not going to delve too far into what I'm playing this week (you'll be able to see the live streaming track listings for that). Instead, I'm going to ask you to remember when you got to share the music of your parents or siblings. Do you still listen to any of it now? Or at least if a song or group comes on the radio (or on Pandora or Sirius), that you heard growing up, do you at least smile at the flashback? To me, that's one reason why I love playing music. The bond that it can create with your family or with like minded people is priceless.
My daughter, Piper, is growing up listening to all sorts of music that are both reflections of my wife and from me. From World Music (Piper can name a few great Harry Belafonte songs--and she loves Latin music) to Jazz (like Ella Fitzgeral and Louis Armstrong) to even some punk music from the Ramones, she's learned to appreciate all sorts of music. Although now, her attention is turning to things of a--shall we say--mouse-infected nature. But, hopefully, with the groundwork my wife and I laid, she's continue to have an appreciation of all sorts of music.
As for my son, Emmett, well, he's a little rock-n-roller, with a punk edge. But, like his sister, he does like upbeat World Music. And these influences are not completely my own--my wife is the one who had the better World Music collection before I started this show. So, our tastes our influencing theirs--hopefully.
But what does this all mean in terms of World Music and Richmond Public Radio. Just this: my kids will frequently turn on WCVE to hear shows like A Prarie Home Companion, Car Talk, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, as well as part of my show (but, it falls within their bedtime.). And that, becuase we have it set on the dial, will hopefully open up a world of ideas, challenges and of course music to them. What could be a better gift than that?
So, when you think about Richmond Public Radio and the shows that you get to hear on this station--think about the connection you're creating. Isn't some form of pledge or membership worthy of all that? I think so. Click this link and become a member.
Oh, and as for what you'll be hearing this week, here's a taste: New York Salsa, Gipsy Kings, Caetano Veloso, Orchestra Baobab, Angelique Kidjo, Gotan Project, We Are Enfant Terrible, The Specials, General Public and a whole bunch more. I'll be live in the studio with Production guru Shawn Evans, asking for you to become a member.
The World Music Show aires on Saturday nights from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Richmond Public Radio, 88.9 WCVE or online via this site. Follow the show in the Twitter universe @wcveworldmusic.