Not sure why I just decided to quote the Teletubbies in the headline for this week's World Music Show (3/30). It could be because of the cover picture, which is the band XTC. They, like the Teletubbies, were also British, and from this picture it looks like they were having quite a bit of fun. However, this may lead you to ask, why is that band being featured on the World Music Show? Well, believe it or not, there is one song in their canon that I think plays as a "World Music" type of song, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Articles by Ian Stewart
Right off the bat, I'm going to claim ignorance. However, said ignorance will have to be blamed on my age--not at this present time, but when I was a young lad. Growing up in the sheltered San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, my only reference to Africa (the theme of this week's World Music Show 3/23), well before digging deeper into Geography classes, was the Warner Bros. cartoons of Bugs Bunny. I had no idea that the continent was made up of many different countries and cultures.
So, it's come to this--cryptic headlines as a way to get your attention. Well, yes and no. Consider it a teaser or an invitation for you to dig a little deeper to see just what-the-what is up with this week's World Music Show (3/16). Now the question is, should I divulge its meaning now? Or drag it out like a sad punchline to a not so funny joke?
Once in awhile, I like to showcase a band or "thing," that I think deserves a little more attention. I like to call these "mini-tributes." And, depending on the artist/band or "thing," I can either dedicate a whole hour to this showcase or I can put together a "mini-tribute." On this week's World Music Show (3/9), it'll be the latter.
One of the good things about this week's The World Music Show (3/2) is that not only do we get to bounce around the planet like we're playing musical hopscotch but they'll be times that we can also jump back and forth through the decades. And that's just what we're going to be doing on this week's show. It'll almost be like we're plugging numbers and letters in from an old style Juke Box that has songs from around the world.
Whether it's called the "Shuffle Show," or the "Spinning Songbook Show (to rip off Elvis Costello's touring show), or anything else in a similar vein, this week's World Music Show (2/23) falls into this same category. And that's ok, because when it comes down to it, isn't it great that in a mere two hours, you can musically travel to different parts of the globe right from the comfort of, well, wherever you happen to listen to the show?
A long time ago, at another radio station in a faraway land, I worked a Sunday morning shift from about 7:00 a.m. until Noon. During that shift, I had to play a national show called "Flashback," in which the host would play songs from the 1970s and 80s (though, to me at the time, that wasn't much of a "Flashback." In any event, while dreaming up this week's World Music Show (2/16), I remembered that job I had and thought, "Hmm, how would that apply to World Music?"
Aren't esoteric titles wonderful? I often wonder if, for those of you who may regularly read these electronic missives, if the headlines I dream up actually get you to peruse the entire text, of if you stall after the first paragraph. In any event, if you bear with me, on this week's World Music Show (2/9), you'll be able to glean what I mean by the title of "From Cuba to The Clash."
I ask you, what kind of World Music Show host would I be if I didn't, at least once in awhile, play some tracks from some of our very own, homegrown Richmond World Music Bands? Not a very good one. That's why, on this week's World Music Show (2/2), I'll be highlighting a few songs from some of RVA's most popular World Beat Bands.
My apologies to those who don't get the reference to Superman. To explain, Bizzaro World is alternate world in which things are the exact opposite as they are on regular earth. So, on that world, Superman does things backwards. How does this relate to this week's World Music Show (1/26)? Well, if you see this week's cover photo of Bob Dylan, you may be thinking "What's Bob Dylan doing on The World Music Show?" Hence, my reference to Bizzaro World.