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Ian Stewart

Articles by Ian Stewart

Have Guitar, Will Travel

So, I don't want to fool you with that riveting headline. That attention grabber was mostly for show. Because on this week's World Music Show (8/16/14), there will be more than just traveling guitar music. Sure, we'll dot the two hours with some acoustic, as well as some electronic guitar sounds. But this week's show will have so much more. And I'm sure, if you listen really hard and play musical Columbo, you'll be able to detect the guitar sounds in almost all of tracks featured.

Weaving Tango-rific Discotheque Music

Ok, don’t be scared or confused by the headline to this week’s World Music Show (8/9). On this week’s show, we’ve got a couple of different themes going on—well, perhaps we can call these musical threads, because the songs culled for these two hours sort of weave in and out of genres, countries and styles. Trying to pinpoint a good solid theme, especially when some of the songs appear to be from one locale or genre on the outside, but then turn that theory on its head, is difficult to do this week.

Fresh is Best

I'm going to coin a new phrase: Bumper Sticker Logic. Perhaps that's already a phrase--maybe I subconsiously soaked it up somewhere. In any event, you may wonder what my new phrase (that will be sweeping the nation if not the planet very soon) has to do with this week's World Music Show (8/2).

Invasion of the Strings

We owe a lot to the guitar or two the stringed instrument. Just think of all the sounds we'd miss if there wasn't a guitar or other stringed instrument lurking in the background or taking center stage. On this week's World Music Show (7/26), we'll celebrate these sounds with a few choice choices of strings.

Listen Up, You!

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.

Where are the Festivities?

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!

One Rollicking Good Hour

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!

The Beauty of Summer

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.

The Smell of Newness

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?").

Shake It Dad!

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.

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