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Ian Stewart

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One Rollicking Good Hour

Sometimes the best things come in small packages, or so my Mom used to tell me. I didn't quite believe this axiom when I was younger, but as I aged, I knew it could be possible. In fact, if you take this week's World Music Show (7/5), this saying rings true. The time alloted for the show this week is only one-hour (starting at 9:00 p.m.), which means I've got to pack a lot of punch into 59 minutes. Can it be done?

Of course it can!

The Beauty of Summer

I've been thinking about this recently. There is a division among people here in RVA. There are those of us who enjoy mid-seasons and those of us who enjoy the transitions, as in from one season to the next. As for me, I tend to fall into the latter. But for those who enjoy the mid-season (or in this case, the still-newish start of a season), then this week's World Music Show (6/28/14) is for you.

The Smell of Newness

We all love new things, right? From that new car smell to how new clothes feel to discovering a new restaurant, we all get a tad giddy when new things cross our path. So, imagine my joy for this week's World Music Show (6/21/14), because I'll get the chance to play a bevy of new music for you (but perhaps I should rename this week's episode "The Sound of Newness?").

Shake It Dad!

Dads have been known to shake it. They've got their own groove and rhythm. And whether that groove is on target or off the mark, you have to give them credit for the attempt (at least in my book). So on this week's World Music Show (6/14/14), we're going to give Dad plenty of tunes for him to shake it to, plus we're going to feature some father & son pairings that will hopefully make fathers and non-father's proud.

About this Week...

Ever have one of those weeks in which there is just too much going on and time just seems evaporate before your eyes? Well, I'm having one of those weeks. But, despite that type of week, I wanted to make sure that you knew what to expect on this week's World Music Show (6/7/14). Well, as I used to say to my dad about what my day was like, it's "a little bit of this of this and a little bit of that."
 

A French Dip Sandwich of Sound

You know, many wish they could have traveled back in time to be part of the French heyday when famous American writers and musicians roamed the streets of Paris in search of enlightenment. And while that sounds good to me, I also wish I could have been in Paris circa 1960s when they were having an explosion of pop music--most likely reflecting what was going on in the U.S. and in Great Britain. On this week's World Music Show (5/31), we'll explore a little bit of that world--especially in the first hour. In fact, it'll be like a French Dip sandwich of Sound.

Need a Lift?

Sometimes you need a little lift. And whether it comes from espresso, an electric shock or from music, either way it's a jolt that could help fuel a dip in your weekend momentum. So, on this week's World Music Show (5/24), I hope to do just that.

May in Paris or a Rhythmic Odyssey?

So, I'm sort of bummed out. Why, you may ask? Well, I totally missed an opportunity to play on the phrase "April in Paris." Which meant that if I would have been a tad more on top of things, I could have done a whole show in April with just French music. But alas, It's May, and though I missed the boat, I do have a bit of French music to start this week's World Music Show (5/17).

The Sun is Shining

Look. This a redo. Computer glitches happen. It's just the nature of the world we live in. So, this is par deux for this blog about the World Music Music Show (5/10). I wrote a spectular blog last week. Really, it captured everything. But alas, I didn't save it on a separete platform and when the glitch happened, the orginal blog for The World Music Show (5/10) left this Earth. Ah, live and learn.

Pledge this Blog

They say music is a family affair. Or perhaps maybe I'm confusing that slogan with another one. In any event, the point is that families bond over music. Whatever was on your parents or siblings turntable, 8-track, cassette or radio station when you were a kid probably holds some special memory in your heart now as an adult.

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