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Articles by Ian Stewart

Spoiler Alert: There is Good Music Coming

Alright, I'm sure you've heard this before. In fact, what I'm about to say could put me in league with various nefarious salespeople who either push placebo medicines or schlocky automobiles. Here it is: This week's World Music Show (8/4) is going to be fantastic. Really, it will be. And perhaps I'm doing myself, and you the listener, a diservice. I mean, me saying my show is "fantastic" is not an understatement. And if you've been reading my missives and listening to my shows on a regular basis, then you know that what I speak of is true.

The Olympics of World Music

Ok, so the title of this week's World Music Show (7/28) could be considered a slight of hand or better yet, a ruse to get you to read my blog. I mean, what better public relations trick could that be, since the Olympic games are here? You may think, how will Ian relate his show to the Olympics? Or you may think that all the songs on this week's show will be like the parade of nations in which each song will represent one country. Or, you may think, nicely played Ian (I'm hoping for this thought). 

Mixin’ it Up on a Saturday Night

One of my favorite functions on my iPod or in my car CD player is the shuffle or random button. Why? Because I like musical surprises, especially after listening to a CD I love in its natural progression over and over and over again. So, after that repetition, I’m always ready to mix it up. With that personal admission said, on this weeks World Music Show (7/14), I’m once again hitting the shuffle button to see where the world musical nuggets fall.

Musique Pop De Global

Let's get right to the task at hand:  

I know it's sweltering hot and that to spend time reading text on a piping hot computer screen or smartphone underneath the blazing sun and humidity feels like you're wading through a bowl of hot pudding inside a convection oven is not your idea of fun. So I'll keep it brief, unlike the previous sentance which should win an award for longest run-on at a future Webby Award show. 

Global Pop for Pops Around the Globe

So perhaps this is a "Dad-ism," or an "Ian-ism," as my Dad would say to me when I was younger. I just realized, while starting to write this, that this week's World Music Show (6/16) aires right before Father's Day.

Did I plan out a special show for Dads to enjoy? Not particularly.

But, can I wrap all the songs I'll be playing this Saturday into a nice package with a bow and present it as a Father's Day special? You bet!

Here's why: 

The Unofficial Start to Summer: The World Music Version, Part 1

In looking at the calendar for this week's World Music Show (5/26), I realized that this weekend marks the "unofficial" beginning of the summer season. And like any good procrastinator, as is my nature, I suddenly realized that I had to come up with some type of theme to talk about. Well, thank goodness for holidays. Because after perusing the playlist for Saturday's show, I realized that, indeed, there is a theme hidden inside that can corralate with the start of summer. So follow me as I try to persuade you on my new found theme.

Attack of the Killer Accordions!

Quick, name an instrument (besides the guitar) that is played almost entirely throughout the world (except for pretty much all of Asia). Did you guess the accordion? I hope you didn't peek at the headline to get that answer. The accordion is the theme of this week's World Music Show (5/19) becuase every once in awhile, it's good to give some props to a global instrument such as this that is held in such high regard. 

Throughout the parts of the world, the accordion has a many different names: ​

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