There is some Big Noise happening this weekend on the World Music Show. What do I mean by that? Well, it’s actually a nod to the title of a CD I’ll be playing in the second hour of Saturday night’s show. It’s called “Big Noise, Funky Tropicalismo,” the music of which can be heard in a club based in Brixton, London which features some swinging Mambo music spun by the DJ’s. But, I also thought it was a great title to describe this week’s show.
So just what does this classic picture of Tuesday Weld have to do with Time for the Blues this week (9/4/11)? Well, you might have to listen to find out! Besides, as much as we love George T, we love Tuesday more!
They say you can't judge a book by its cover. Well the same can be said about the title to this week's blog. It's basically an agglomeration of some of the highlights that I like about the show this week. There's so much musical territory to cover in the mere two hours that The World Music Show covers, that in many shows, I want to make sure I help you get the most bang for your buck (speaking of bucks, are you a member of WCVE Public Radio? You can be by hitting up our Pledge page).
Despite the title of this week’s blog, there'll be no songs from the 80’s band Big Country (though, that would be fun for at least one song, right?). On the contrary, this week’s show isn't just about one country--it’s about many countries. For two hours on The World Music Show we’ll explore the continent that is Africa. And though we won’t be able to hit all 54 countries or explore the more than 3000 languages that populate this region, we will break down the continent by way of compass points, i.e. North, South, East, West (and the middle).
With the mid 1960s blues resurgence came many young players and new bands. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one--following in the footsteps of the Chicago greats like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, they created their own unique hard-driving sound! Check them out this week on Time for the Blues (8/14/11)!
In looking over my playlist for this week, it's once again apparent to me that getting a "theme" from a bunch of songs I've smushed together because I know they sound great together, is hard work. I have a rhythm, a system really, when I'm selecting songs to play for the World Music Show. And that system boils down to my emotional, gut feeling of the music. Sometimes I don't think too much but instead go with the feeling the music gives.