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Ian Stewart

Articles by Ian Stewart

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." 

Don't Be Scared...It’s Just Music

Why does music scare some people? I mean, I can understand when violent or degrading lyrics are used. And that's not really scary, but rather a matter of either personal taste or a poor taste in musical expression by the artist. What I'm talking about is when new or foriegn beats are heard or when the lyrics heard are sung in a language other than what someone may be used to. 

From Ghostbird to Gondwana

Greetings one and all. Now's the time to engage in the fun of this week's World Music Show Blog (3/24). The words that follow will attempt to entice you into tuning in to the show. You'll be thrilled with the use of adjectives and deft descriptions of the artists that will punctuate a strong and solid show. Plus, to titilate your ears, you can even hear a snippet of sound by clicking on the audio bar below. With this combination, you will hopefully set your clock radio alarm to remind you to tune in.

And away we go...

The St. Patrick’s Day Global-a-Go-Go

Alright, let's get this bit of stereotypical song stylings out of the way right now. Yes, this week's World Music Show (3/17) falls on St. Patrick's Day. But does this mean you can expect two hours of nothing but Irish music? Not that anything is wrong with that mode of thought. However, since the show aires at the ten o'clock nighttime hour, I figure that by now, you'd have your fill of all things Irish. 

Duo’s, Duets & Do-Overs

On this week's World Music Show (3/10), I felt like I struck the triple 7's on a slot machine or I scored a trifecta on a horse race. Here's why: Once in a blue moon I strike on a theme that I find enjoyable, quirky and do-able (as in not Pie-in-the Sky). Half the fun of doing this World Music Show is coming up with themes that I hope you get a kick out of. 

Un Saludo a la Música Latina Tradicional

On this week's World Music Show (2/18), besides our usual forays into some varied and unique sounds from musical hotspots around the globe (more on these later), we'll be holding a salute to traditional Latin music (which is the translation of this week's blog headline). We're talking about hearing some classic "Son" Cuban music as well as some marimba music from Guatemala. Plus, we'll take a listen to "Musica Ranchera," otherwise known as Mexico's soulful "country music."

What's in it for you? 

The Sound of Sunshine

Right off the bat, I'm going to tell you that this week's headline for the World Music Show (airing 2/11) could be thought of as an oxymoron, or at best, a cruel trick for your ears. How so, you say? Well, in hour two of this week's show, I'm highlighting a few songs from Michael Franti & Spearhead

Not Your Average Run of the Mill Blog

In looking over this week’s World Music Show playlist (2/4), I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m stumped. That’s right, I’m stymied as to what to hang a hook on. There’s so much goodness for your ears that it’s hard to pick just one thing, just one artist as to give you a reason to tune in. So, let’s break it down so I give you a dozen reasons to listen.

A Smorgasbord of Sound

On this week's World Music Show (1/28), I feel like I took all the cool sounds and songs from around the globe and put them into a blender and came out with a show worthy of a few hours. Where to begin, oh, where to begin! Ok, how about with a few tracks from the Maylasian singer and ukelele player Zee Avi.  Her voice is smooth, deep, sultry and even whimiscal. And her songs evoke a bit of magic, too. 

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