Once, a few years ago, I was in the dark when it came to World Music. I assumed that the term World Music meant music from, you know, other parts of the world beside my own backyard. Well, fast forward a few years--and a few 100 shows of my World Music Show and I've come to learn that yes, Ian, there is World Music in your own backyard. And in fact, there is World Music to be found from all over the United States.
Articles by Ian Stewart
Thanksgiving. A time for family, rest, and all that food. And with all that food comes leftovers. On this week's World Music Show (11/26), the show will feature some choice musical leftovers. Though these tracks have been played on the show before, their freshness is sure to please anyone who is need of extra servings.
I feel like I may have eggnog or stuffing starting to infiltrate the confines of my head. It could be the oncoming Holiday flurry that will soon overtake all of us like a swatch of gravy on a pile of mashed potatoes. Or it could be that, with the Holidays coming, the small space in my brain, only has room for a few limited items. Either way, I'll get right to the mix. On this week's World Music Show (11/19), it'll be like a feast of sounds for your ears--which is a good thing (and better for the waistline).
Before I get to the art and music of David Byrne, who is part of a mini-retrospective on this week's (11/12) World Music Show, I want to highlight a few of the artists I'll be featuring in the first hour of the show. Let's cut through some of the musicians you may have heard before on the show--though, their placement in this random order should not diminish their significance any less.
Each week on The World Music Show little tidbits of sound collide together into a cacophony of global sound which ends in a two hour triumph of fun for your ears. And, each week, after culling through the tracks, a theme will emerge that enables me to write this blog. But in some rare cases, a theme or a special bit of tracks will stand out as something that I feel needs to be saluted and/or addressed. Which leads me to this week's explanation of the title, "Funk Rock Eruptions."
You know that old expression "like a kid in a candy store"? Well, when I get a chance to visit an honest to goodness record store (like Plan 9 in Carytown), it's hard to figure out what to purchase. On the one hand, I'm pretty frugal and have a certain budget I should follow. On the other hand, I know that the more I get, the more I'll get to share with you. On either hand, the bottom line is that we're both winners.
I have a confession. I'm all over the map on this week's World Music Show (10/22). But that's ok, right? I mean, the whole fun of doing a radio show in the World Music genre is that you and I get to be globe trotters. So, for fun this week, you should grab your World Atlas and play follow the bouncing ball with me as we head to some great musical regions.
Coming up on this week's World Music Show:
I've always been sort of a mobile person. You know, jumped from one location to the next every few years. And though I'm currently calling Richmond home, my starting place was in California. That state is one big plot of land, and for the most part, I've lived in some of the best places that state has to offer. I grew up in Los Angeles, but also lived in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Oakland. And one of the benefits of those cities is the amount of great music that each has to offer.
On last week’s World Music Show we looked back at some of the originators of World Music from the 1950s & 60s. This week (October 8th), we’re taking a similar vein in looking back. But let’s start with a question. Do you remember when you first heard The Beatles song “Norwegian Wood?” I do. I was very young of course and into playing my older brother’s records (eventually I’d get my own) and I remember putting on “Rubber Soul” and really liking that sound that I knew wasn’t a guitar, but I wasn’t sure what it was. Turns out, it was a sitar.
It's time to give some props to a few of the originators who were able to bring World Music to an American audience. On this week's World Music Show (Saturday, October 1st) we'll tip our hats to artists like: Desi Arnaz, Harry Belafonte and Carmen Miranda. Where would the world have been without their contribution? I'm not sure, but they, along with many others, were able to highlight some really great music from places like Cuba, South America and the Caribbean.