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Ian Stewart

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Hey You! Don't Fear Music!

There's the old adage "There's nothing to fear but fear itself," coined by FDR. And while that, of course, could apply to all sorts of things today, could that include music? If there are things outside of our normal realms that we don't quite "get," should music--especially World Music--be lumped into that summation? On this week's World Music Show (10/11), we'll attempt to break down some of the barriers that may be blocking those who may indeed fear new and different music.

Love this Giant---Show!

Ah, word play. Like music, it's such a fun thing to do and hear. And on this week's World Music Show (10/4), we'll play some musical, non-verbal gymnastics. The emphasis will be on the "play" part. Because throughout this two-hour shindig we'll play all sorts of musical games, such as Hopscotch, Connect Four and Trivial Pursuit.  As you can probably guess, it's going to be a Giant show. 

Locally Global

Sprinkled thoughout many of these World Music Show shows will be snippets of locally grown World Music. But once in awhile, such as on this week's show (9/27), you'll get a good chunk of local Richmond World Music all in one shot. And if you think RVA doesn't have a lot to offer in terms of bands and musicians who cover this genre, think again.

Too Cool for School

Listen. I'm not actually saying that if you tune into this week's World Music Show (9/20) that you'll be too cool for school. But, if you do happen to check out this week's show, you may walk away with a few new tunes to hum and perhaps a broader appreciation of music from around the globe. 

Expanding your Mind

In retrospect, it seems so simple.

In thinking about The World Music Show (9/13) for this week and about Public Radio in general, the gist of it all--the purpose and/or result is to expand your mind. Savvy listeners like yourselves relish on being "in the know," and on being entertained while at the same time learning a few new things during whatever program you tune in for. Am I right?

So, About Last Week...

Remember my World Music Blog from last week? If not, I'm sure if you look around here a bit you'll be able to find it. To refresh your memory, the title was "Women who Rock." Now, after looking over last week's show, I realized that there, of course, could have been more women featured under this umbrella. So, on this week's World Music Show (8/30), I will continue highlighting some Women who Rock--World Music Style.

Women Who Rock

There can be two possible titles for this week’s World Music Show (8/23). One is the above, the other could have been Invasion of the Pseudo Covers. Perhaps that could have been the subhead, as its known in journalism lingo. And don’t worry, I’ll get to that “Pseudo” reference in a moment.

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.

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