A weekly roundup of selected TV and radio programs, web content and local music events.
Ah, the trouble I run into some weeks when I sit down and try to write this little blog. It's a simple problem, really--what hook can I jot down that will get you to not only read this article but will get you to tune in to The World Music Show (this Saturday at 10:00 p.m.). Sometimes a band or artist is so new or unusual or cool that it's easy for me to write about. While other times, there may be a holiday or a unique instrument that I want you to check out.
And then there are weeks like this.
Back in the late 1970s, I worked in the diamond district of of NYC. At first it seemed exotic. Then daily tedium set in so badly I found myself taking lunch breaks a block down on 48th street to save my sanity--the music street as its known. At the time Electro- Harmonix had a great showroom. Cool and dark on blistering Manhattan days, it was like stepping into a time portal with untold treasures of guitar effx boxes.
In thinking about this week's World Music Show blog (4/7), perhaps the above title should be changed to "Stretching the Borders," for part of the theme of the show this go-round is that I'm trying to expand the definition of "World Music." Call me an upstart if you will, but part of what I like to do is to explore when the beats of "World Music," began creeping into the fabric of "Pop Music."
Never say never... but our mix this week is generally sprinkled with great in-studio performances by Chris Lucas, Laura Ann Singh and husband & wife virtuosi Rusty and Susan Farmer. Yes, this is part II of International Guitar Month. Last week we kicked off our month long celebration with Mike Molenda, ed-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, now in its 45th year.
Why does music scare some people? I mean, I can understand when violent or degrading lyrics are used. And that's not really scary, but rather a matter of either personal taste or a poor taste in musical expression by the artist. What I'm talking about is when new or foriegn beats are heard or when the lyrics heard are sung in a language other than what someone may be used to.