Roll down the window and stick your hand out like you’re flying a plane, because I want to bring you my summer road trip playlist that’s the alternative to what you may have plugged into your cassette deck over the past years. I love road trips and one of the best parts about taking them, besides the pit stops at some dive-diners and oddly named historical-themed road markers, is the music I get to play. In the past, my soundtrack has consisted of music from a certain era or genre (hello high school/college playlist).
Articles by Ian Stewart
When I was looking at the calendar for June for some ideas for the World Music Show, I noticed that besides Father's Day (in which they'll be a great World Music Show), there were some very interesting holidays happening around the globe. So this week's World Music Show (6/4) is going to a celebration of Random Holidays. For instance, in Australia, there is Foundation Day; in New Zealand, the Queens Birthday; in Ireland, there is a bank holiday and there is also World Environment Day on June 5th.
Sometimes when I'm trying to think of what to play for a show, I toss around a few different themes or points on the globe in order to put together a solid show. Then, there are other times when I take all those ideas and just toss then in the metaphorical blender just to see what comes out. On this week's show (5/28), that's the route I've chosen. But, don't worry, blended shows are just as tasty as well, crafted shows. I mean, how else would you get to hear reggae music from New Zealand, or Woody Allen movie music from Barcelona? With a blended show, the possibilities are endless.
Let me ask you this: Are you someone who likes to or has to play a CD from start to finish? Or are you someone who likes to hit the shuffle or random button when you play your music? As for me, my needle (that's a reference to how albums are played) likes to play my music both ways. Sometimes I have to go from start to finish and other times I like to take whatever plays. So on this World Music Show (5/21), I've decided to hit the shuffle button on my world music playlist, which will feature some tunes from my personal iPod.
Do you ever dream about a place that you've never been to? I do, and for me, France is one of those places for me. I've never been to France, but through all the films' pictures and of course music, I feel like I can almost walk the streets with my eyes closed. So, with that, on this week's (5/14) World Music Show, we’re all going to take a trip there together, well, musically at least. So, for just about two hours, we’ll be transported.
With the move from my afternoon slot to a more, permanent night-time gig here at WCVE Public Radio, I'm able to explore more themes than I was able to earlier in the day. So, with this new time, I've been trying to expand what I play, along with ideas I want to share. So, this week (5/7), I wanted to look at two artists who have really made an impact on me, and on the World Music landscape in general.
Each week on the World Music Show, I like to try and come up with a theme, or exlpore an idea that I think you--the listener--would like. But for some reason,this week (4/30), my mind kept drifting to islands and faraway places. It could be the recent rash of storms or the teasing of warm, non-humid weather. Well whatever the reasoning behind my wandering thoughts, I decided to investigate some island music.
You know, I really love doing the World Music Show. And with every show, there are segments or chunks, as I like to call them, that I feel truly gel. And there are other chunks that are good, but don't seem to have that magic. But then there are entire shows that I feel truly transcend the euphoric feeling I get when putting tunes together. This week I've put together one of those shows. I feel like I've been able to mix every aspect of World Music as well as inject a bit of humor in songs.
With these brief hints of spring that have come across the skies of Virginia lately, it got me thinking about what kind of warn weather music I like to listen to. So on this week's World Music Show (4/16), I'll have some pretty bouncy grooves BossaNova style, along with some music from the Wine lands. Plus, for some reason I really felt like hearing some Gypsy music.
This week (4/6) I've had some twangy guitar riding around the trails of my mind. Why? Well, I just like the sound of this style of guitar, which I mostly find in South Africa. That style I'd twangy, jangly and just downright fun to hear. I think I first became aware of this sound when I first heard Paul Simon's breakthrough album "Graceland." I can still hear many of the opening tracks. With that, many of the tracks in the first hour are from South Africa--like the band Elias Mathbula & the Chivani Sisters and the band Majozi.