The old cliche of “they don’t write’em like they used to” has more truth in today than ever before. One litmus test is American Idol--notice how many covers the contestants perform. And how many younger members of our generation think this is “real music.” One of the major diiferences between the 1960s and today was the massive outpouring of musical creativity then as opposed to now.
Musical trends may come and go as whimsically as the big snow storm that never appeared this winter. Its nostalgia. Coming from the Northeast where real seasons existed, I prefer each of the climactic quadrants to behave in a certain way. Of course, they won’t. And that’s as good a reason as any to highlight some unsual blues-y moods.
Whether it's called the "Shuffle Show," or the "Spinning Songbook Show (to rip off Elvis Costello's touring show), or anything else in a similar vein, this week's World Music Show (2/23) falls into this same category. And that's ok, because when it comes down to it, isn't it great that in a mere two hours, you can musically travel to different parts of the globe right from the comfort of, well, wherever you happen to listen to the show?
Hope you’re planning to stay up late with us as Henry Cook and I have some great blues coming your way on Time for the Blues this week (2/24/13) on WCVE Public Radio. We’ve got a couple of old favorites, and some new players – well new for us – and a bunch of bad jokes lined up, but it won’t mean a thing if you’re not there.
A long time ago, at another radio station in a faraway land, I worked a Sunday morning shift from about 7:00 a.m. until Noon. During that shift, I had to play a national show called "Flashback," in which the host would play songs from the 1970s and 80s (though, to me at the time, that wasn't much of a "Flashback." In any event, while dreaming up this week's World Music Show (2/16), I remembered that job I had and thought, "Hmm, how would that apply to World Music?"
Aren't esoteric titles wonderful? I often wonder if, for those of you who may regularly read these electronic missives, if the headlines I dream up actually get you to peruse the entire text, of if you stall after the first paragraph. In any event, if you bear with me, on this week's World Music Show (2/9), you'll be able to glean what I mean by the title of "From Cuba to The Clash."