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Ian Stewart

Articles by Ian Stewart

Say, Are You Hungry?

On the menu for this week's World Music Show (6/27), it'll be a Cuban & Latin feast of sorts. We'll sample some live music from Buena Vista Social Club, some film music from Mario Grigorov and some classic Cuban beats from the one & only Desi Arnaz. Plus, thrown into the mix will be desert blues music and some upbeat Brazilian music from the legendary man pointing a finger at you—Tom Ze.

Pops--is the Music

World Music--Father's Day/Kids-who also play music Show (6/20)... and to run several stereotypes into the ground, us Dads are busy (but aren't we all)--and we're also lazy (no, not really--again, stereotypes). So, because I myself am both busy and sometimes lazy, I think this week's blog will be a bit brief. Besides, sometimes it's good to just look at pictures and read the highlights.

A Tad Lively

Yes, it's getting to be that time of year again. You know, when the daylight likes to stick around for just a tad longer and the warmth (or in some cases, extreme humidity), makes it ok to stay out late into the night. It's times like these that make me think about live music--not that I don't like to think about it during the Fall or Winter, but it's this pre-Summer time time that makes me think of going out, under in the dusk, to hear some live music.

Vicariously Living

Here's the thing about friends, sometimes they do pretty cool things, like when they travel to faraway places, like Ecuador, and bring back music for your show. Or when they partner up with you on a reggae duet (yes, I'm talking about the lead pictuare featuring Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh, not me). On this week's World Music Show (6/6), we'll delight in some of that friendliness. And with these two examples, you could say that I am vicariously living through friends, in one form or another.

Don't Be Afraid

To some, different music, World Music in fact, can be an almost scary thing. Well, on this week's World Music Show (5/30), I'll set to ease your fears, if any. And, if you're not fearful of different beats, then this week's show will just be a good kick in the pants--you know, a show filled with a mixture of interesting beats culled from all over the globe.

Duets, Duos & Double Whammys

So, once in awhile I like to do theme shows. Thus is the case for this weeks World Music Show (5/23). And, as eluded to in the head line for this week, it's all about the doubles...well, for the most part. We'll see how this adventure ends up because in this weeks particular theme, we'll run the gamut of frivolity. However, there may be a bump in the road of this challenge along the way.

A Smorgasbord of Random Tunes

Sometimes things boil down to this. Once in awhile, you just have to shuffle, as in hit the shuffle button. Perhaps this is true not only on your portable musical player of choice, but in life as well. You can get stuck doing the mundane. So on this week's World Music Show (5/16), we'll attempt to launch ourselves off of the lazy Susan of normality.

Let The Sunshine In

On this week's World Music Show (5/9), it's all about letting the sunshine in. Ok, sure, that's a kooky reference to a classic song (that would not be heard on this show), but it's also a nod to some of the songs you'll hear this week. However, unlike that classic reference, these songs won't be sappy (sorry classic song lovers). Plus, a bonus is that we'll also hear some new music.

From Kinshasa with Love

Let's cut to the right to the chase. Time is of the essence for this week's World Music Show (5/2). Why? Not, sure. Perhaps it's just one of those week's in which I can't seem to catch up. But, for Saturday night's show, I'm planing on slowing down enough to enjoy what I'll be playing. And if you're having a similar week, perhaps you'll benefit from tunining in. 

What Makes the World Go Round?

Of course, the answer to the headline is Love. But perhaps a better headline for this week should be: What makes the world Public Radio go round? Answer: you. Oh sure, some funding from our great underwriters as well as from some other sources helps too. But the bottom line is that you, our listeners, help make this World of Richmond Public Radio go round. You're the gravitational pull that keeps us spinning. Because without your invenstment, the spinning would stop.

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