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Ian Stewart

Articles by Ian Stewart

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: ​

Oh Momma!

Right off the bat, I want to clarify a little something about this week's World Music Show (5/12). It's not all about Mothers or Mothers who are musicians. Oh sure, I'll feature a few artists who happen to be mother's. But the main crux of this week's show is an ode to a mother I'm quite fond of, my wife Mariah, who happens to also be the mother of my two kids, Piper and Emmett.

Two-hours of Global Goodness

If I were a carnival barker (do they still have those?), I'd have that uber-huge megaphone out on the streets of Richmond right now. And through that funnel of sound enhancement, I'd be shouting that on this week's World Music Show (5/5), there is something for everyone. From Big Noise Funky Tropicalismo music to garage-rock out of China, the show will be a cacophony of beats. 

A Meat and Potatoes World Music Show

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A Global Hodgepodge of Sound

Ah, the trouble I run into some weeks when I sit down and try to write this little blog. It's a simple problem, really--what hook can I jot down that will get you to not only read this article but will get you to tune in to The World Music Show (this Saturday at 10:00 p.m.). Sometimes a band or artist is so new or unusual or cool that it's easy for me to write about. While other times, there may be a holiday or a unique instrument that I want you to check out.

And then there are weeks like this. 

Stretching the Boundaries

In thinking about this week's World Music Show blog (4/7), perhaps the above title should be changed to "Stretching the Borders," for part of the theme of the show this go-round is that I'm trying to expand the definition of "World Music." Call me an upstart if you will, but part of what I like to do is to explore when the beats of "World Music," began creeping into the fabric of "Pop Music." 

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