Because it's back to school time for many children, it reminded me of the times I was in school and we had to write about our Summer vacation. Since there is no World Music Show this week (due to a special broadcast of the Proms), I thought I'd dole out some recommendations as to what local-World Music bands to listen to, places to see such bands and other online areas to check out World Music.
Articles by Ian Stewart
Don't be alarmed. I mean, the planet is always moving, right? However, in this case, this week's World Music Show (8/31) is moving to a new time-slot. Set your watches for 8:00 p.m. ET this Saturday (Not sure what the GMT is for my global audience, but you're all very savvy). The show will still be two-hours long and it will still be filled with great world beats and awful humor and corny segues. And as they say in show business...on with the show.
Inserting New & Improved Sub-Headline Here: It's a Labor of Love
Listen: I know you've been here before. You've got work to do, but it's vacation time (or as in many people's cases, "stay-cation" time). What to do? Well, as many people do, you sort of do both. So, for this week's World Music Show (8/24), I'm going to attempt just that--enjoy my "stay-cation" while at the same time fulfilling my personal obligation to keep you informed as to what to expect this week.
Man, talk about your headline grabbers, right? I mean, what kind of battle could I be talking about in regards to this week's World Music Show (8/17)? Will be a battle of sexes? A battle of the Network Stars (ok, I'm really dating myself there with that one)? Or will two World Music heavywieghts duke it out to win the right to be ear candy for you to carry through the rest of the weekend? Well, sort of.
One of the many goals I have for the rest of my life--and I guess the newer terminology is now called "bucket list," is to visit as many cáfes as I can. You know, the kind with small outdoor tables that over look parts of the city or the countryside in some faraway country. I have this image or goal in mind for a few reasons. One is for the different tastes of coffee and espresso. The other is for the culture, the people, the sounds, smells, etc. But another reason is for the music. In my mind, at least, I imagine these cáfes as meeting places of rich music.
I love the irony. When I picked the selections for this week's World Music Show (7/27), Richmond was in the midst of it's usual summer humidity hoe-down. You know, sweltering heat, possible chance of rain and thunderstorms every day. But as I write this week's World Music Blog, we're on the second day of really, incredible weather. We're talking no humidity, mid-to-upper 70-temperatures--the kind of weather that, say, if you were at a drive-in theater, you'd maybe need a sweatshirt! And it's the end of July.
I have a small confession to make. One of my secret desires is that I wish I could juggle. I'm not talking about juggling chainsaws, swords and small animals though. I mean, it'd be great to just be able to juggle, say, four oranges and one apple (and take a bite of said apple during the process), like a friend of mine did a long time ago. Sadly, that desire is more like a lament, as I'm a tad more dexterous on paper instead of with things flying through the air with the power of my hands.
In coming up with the headline for this week's World Music Show (6/29), I just had to eject a few really bad puns to accompany that headline in this lead. For instance, part of my brain wanted to write "I won't string you along this week," and "according to the studies on string theory...." But, thankfully, I decided to save you--and my small reputation by avoiding those puns. Instead, I'm going to focus on the music and the theme which runs throughout the show this week: strings.
You know what you don't hear much anymore at live shows? Mic checks. At least I don't seem to recall hearing any of these lately. Perhaps I'm going to the wrong shows. I'm thinking about this for a few reasons--1, is that my mind works in odd, mysterious ways. And 2, it sort of goes with the theme of this week's World Music Show (6/22), which is a continuation of the celebration of Summer via live music shows.