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Can Music Be a Weapon?

Sure, that's a provacative headline. And like any good lead-in, I'll stretch out that thought like a good teaser line should be. Because on this week's World Music Show (9/22), we will attempt to answer that question (or at least give the background to its meaning) as well as discuss some of the finer points of World Beat. 

Get Up, Stand Up!

Perhaps you're in need of a little movement. You know, we're already halfway through September (though I feel like Summer just started), and I'm guessing that between Summer and the impending Fall, you may need to Get Up & Stand Up! You know, some up-beat music may be just the ticket to help you with any seasonal transitions. So on this week's World Music Show (9/15), I've culled together some tracks from around the globe that will help get your blood flowing.

Join the Convention of World Music

Ok, I'll admit it. That headline is just a clever ploy to get you to read this week's missive about The World Music Show (9/8). I mean, it doesn't hurt to be topical right? But when you think about it, what could be better than a group of people getting together to state the following platform: We like to hear music from around the globe! And we will not rest until sounds from every corner of this fine planet are heard! 

This Week’s Secret Word: Longevity

There used to be a time when musicians, particularly some well known Rock n' Rollers, sang about wanting to die before they got old; or they captured youth and music in such a way as to think that they were center of the universe. Ah, youth. On this week's World Music Show (9/1), we'll take that theme and turn it on it's head. We'll feature at least six bands and musicians who have deftly defied this axiom and have been able to profit--both musically, and albeit, financially (I guess. I mean, I don't have access to such things) from being able to maintain longevity.

No End of Summer Doldrums Allowed

With every change of season or move toward a big event, such as school starting, there always seems to be a lull that precedes such a pending cross-over. Now that lull--if we're strictly talking about school starting--seems to come from one faction (namely the kids going) as opposed to the europhia from the other faction (namely, the parents). But a change in season can bring about the same results. It's with this conundrum that I base this week's World Music Show (8/25) around. 

Spinning the Wheel O' Songs!

I love the randomness of things. Whether it's from a surprise encounter or from an unexpected gift left on your desk, having random things happen keeps your senses alert and alive. So, on this week's World Music Show (8/18/12), I'll once again drag out the proverbial spinning songbook, AKA, the Wheel O' Songs, in order to provide you (and me) with the thrill of the unknown.

An Odyssey of Beats

Get ready, because on this week's World Music Show (8/11), the thumps, bumps and rhythms of worldy beats are going to fill your speakers. That's right, whether you're listening to the show on a fine-tuned stereophonic gizmo, or you're dialed up via your clock or car radio, you're going to want to turn that volume up just a hair past where you normally may listen. 

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). 

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