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A Musical Love-Fest of Local & Newness Awaits

When I spin the big wheel o’ fun on this week’s World Music Show (4-22), I foresee the prize needle landing on both a mix of new music as well as some local World Music. How do I know this? I rigged the board—that’s right. I write the rules of this musical love fest—that’s just how it goes. So sit back, buckle up and get your fingers poised to spin the wheel (because that’s all people want to do, right? Spin?).

Now, here’s the run down of how the slots are going to filled. First up , for all the new music sections, we’ve got artists like:

Accordion Crimes & Misdemeanors

So what happens when an accordion, a sitar, a tabla drum and a kora all walk into a bar? I’m not sure, but on this week’s World Music Show (4/15), we’ll explore each of these unique instruments.

It’s time to dust off that Sherlock cap, grab your pad & pen so you can help me investigate and roll the dice on our musical game of Clue.

Unwrapping the Freshness

Ah, can you smell that? That’s right—it’s the freshness of new music that’s going to hit the airwaves on this week’s World Music Show (4/8). If radio or streaming had the power of “smell-o-vision,” then you’d be able to bask in the smell of newly unwrapped CDs. But sadly that app and the ability to smell new digital downloads are not within our grasp yet.

It’s No Joke!

Sure, April First—April Fool’s Day, happens to be one of my favorite days of the year—you can guess that I’m quite the prankster. However, on this week’s World Music Show (4/1), the tracks we’ll hear will be no joke, in terms of world beat sounds that will make you happy to be alive (or, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch). However, because of stern upbringing in a family full of jokesters, you can expect the usual, albeit poorly executed attempts at some humor.

A Bevy of Goodness

It's time to cut to chase on this week’s World Music Show (3/18) because there’s a lot happening around town and in the studios in the next week. And because of all that, I want to make sure that you—faithful listener—are in tune with what’s going on and have a chance to attend some of these great events.

Stranger Things

There have been some strange things in the world of World Music. Sure, some happen to think that World Music involves the spiritual, ethereal sounds of wind chimes, chants and handclaps led by people wearing burlap sacks or something of the sort. However relevant or not those styles of World Music are, in my book, I seldom give them any credence. But more importantly, what does this have to do with this week’s World Music Show (3/11)?

In a word: Zilch.

Senator Tim Kaine Met With Constituents Regarding Affordable Care Act

Senator Tim Kaine met with constituents over the weekend to hear about their concerns regarding pending changes to the Affordable Care Act.

Sitting in a Midlothian library conference room, Senator Tim Kaine listened to the concerns and personal stories of more than 30 people about their fears when it comes to changes in the ACA.

“This is about people’s lives. This is no joke. This is no game. This is no politics as usual. This is life and death,” said Kaine.

A Gigantic Mess...Or?

The adjective “gigantic” is a fun one to use. It can describe so many things. But is it apropos to be the umbrella which protects the contents of a World Music Show? Sure! Why not! Because on this week’s World Music Show (3/4), they’ll be some gigantic beats to protect, or rather more aptly project.

What to Expect When Expecting

More than 11 years ago, my wife and I read a great book called “What to Expect when Expecting,” which if you don’t know is about having a baby. Well, on this week’s World Music Show (2/25), I could stretch or mutilate that title and pirate it for this week’s show, as in “What to Expect in World Music.” I admit, it is a stretch. And, for those who may be looking for hidden clues in this blog, no, my wife and I are not “expecting.”

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