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Ian Stewart

Articles by Ian Stewart

Bells will be Ringing

Ok, quick quick. Like that magician in the family holiday TV classic "Frosty the Snowman," I'm Busy, Busy, Busy. It's holiday time, and like many of you, there's lots to do. But, I wanted to make sure that those who want to be in the know, knew what to expect from this week's World Music "Holiday" Show (12/24). So, in honor of the Holiday Season, I'll skip the superfluous stuff and get right to it. 

The theme running in my on-air promo's for this week, say, "what does Holiday World Music sound like?"  Well, it'll sound like this: 

A Little Respite

Ah, the weather. It's always a perfect conversation starter, which is why I'm starting this blog with it. Earlier last week, when I pulled CD's for The World Music Show (12/17), the weather was a whole lot cooller. I thought "Finally! Winter is upon us." But today, as I write this, the temps were hovering near 70 degrees. And when the show actually aires, the tempurature will go back down to a more December-like number. It's whacky, this Richmond weather, but that's Richmond for you, right?

Surpreme Being of Blogness

First things first. Let me explain the title of this week's blog and in-so-much, the theme of this week's World Music Show (12/10). The title refers to a group called The Supreme Beings of Leisure. They play this wordly, loungy sort of music whose grooves just feel good when the volume is turned up. But more about this style of music in a bit. Let's run down the list of what to expect in the minutes leading up to the chunk of Lounge music.

Top Gifts for World Music Fans

Do you have someone on your list this holiday season who loves World Music but you don't know your Afrobeat from your K-pop? Well, fear not, for I have come up with a list of some of the best gift choices to get that World Music lover on your list. Think of this as my gift to you--and if you end up purchasing any of the music I've listed below through our website, then WCVE will get a small gift as well. It's a holiday win-win, so let's get started.

World Music--USA Style

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. 

Not Stale Leftovers

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. 

The Dissenter

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).

The Byrne Factor

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.

Funk Rock Eruptions

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."

New to Me

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.

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