Once in a while, all the cylinders are firing at the same time. Or if you prefer, the stars align and everything seems in sync. Or to spout off--as well as butcher another cliché, all my ducks are in a row. Anyway you slice up these battered and misused clichés, the point is that on this week's World Music Show (7/19), the two hours seem to gel just right.
Articles by Ian Stewart
In retail, they call this the "Dog Days of Summer." Translation: there's not much going on. Now, could we transfer this metaphor over to the World Music genre? Or at least to certian programming on a certain public radio station? Answer: not by a long shot. Becuase while in the outside world there's heat, humidity, bugs, and possible general malaise (unless you're on vacation or about to go on vacation), here in radio land, we can travel to whereever the mood strikes us--which is exactly what we'll do on this week's World Music Show (7/12). Let the festivities begin!
Sometimes the best things come in small packages, or so my Mom used to tell me. I didn't quite believe this axiom when I was younger, but as I aged, I knew it could be possible. In fact, if you take this week's World Music Show (7/5), this saying rings true. The time alloted for the show this week is only one-hour (starting at 9:00 p.m.), which means I've got to pack a lot of punch into 59 minutes. Can it be done?
Of course it can!
I've been thinking about this recently. There is a division among people here in RVA. There are those of us who enjoy mid-seasons and those of us who enjoy the transitions, as in from one season to the next. As for me, I tend to fall into the latter. But for those who enjoy the mid-season (or in this case, the still-newish start of a season), then this week's World Music Show (6/28/14) is for you.
We all love new things, right? From that new car smell to how new clothes feel to discovering a new restaurant, we all get a tad giddy when new things cross our path. So, imagine my joy for this week's World Music Show (6/21/14), because I'll get the chance to play a bevy of new music for you (but perhaps I should rename this week's episode "The Sound of Newness?").
Dads have been known to shake it. They've got their own groove and rhythm. And whether that groove is on target or off the mark, you have to give them credit for the attempt (at least in my book). So on this week's World Music Show (6/14/14), we're going to give Dad plenty of tunes for him to shake it to, plus we're going to feature some father & son pairings that will hopefully make fathers and non-father's proud.
You know, many wish they could have traveled back in time to be part of the French heyday when famous American writers and musicians roamed the streets of Paris in search of enlightenment. And while that sounds good to me, I also wish I could have been in Paris circa 1960s when they were having an explosion of pop music--most likely reflecting what was going on in the U.S. and in Great Britain. On this week's World Music Show (5/31), we'll explore a little bit of that world--especially in the first hour. In fact, it'll be like a French Dip sandwich of Sound.
Sometimes you need a little lift. And whether it comes from espresso, an electric shock or from music, either way it's a jolt that could help fuel a dip in your weekend momentum. So, on this week's World Music Show (5/24), I hope to do just that.
So, I'm sort of bummed out. Why, you may ask? Well, I totally missed an opportunity to play on the phrase "April in Paris." Which meant that if I would have been a tad more on top of things, I could have done a whole show in April with just French music. But alas, It's May, and though I missed the boat, I do have a bit of French music to start this week's World Music Show (5/17).