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Ian Stewart

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A World Music Jam Session

I've just decided that this week's World Music Show (10/26) theme is all about the jams. Why? It's simple, really. When you have two hours of various, stellar musicians from around the globe smooshed together in one place, what better thing can happen? And even though all 25 tracks were done separately, I'm going to imagine that all these musicians are having a jam session in the studios of 88.9 WCVE. Who's with me? 

Now that you are, let's break it down by hour and by chunk of music or sets as they are apt to be called. 

The King of Bongo

Just who is the King of Bongo? I know it's a question that's been tormenting listeners throughout the ages. It's been gnawing on their sub conscious like an earwig--ok, that's going too far, right? Well, on this week's World Music Show (10/19) we'll put some good sounds into your ears, try to comprehend what French Salsa music sounds like, and check out a song from the End of the Word (sadly, it's not a reference to The Walking Dead). And, of course, we'll answer that 25-cent question about just who is the King of Bongo.

Why Go Out?

Ok, before anyone gets upset, this isn't a rallying cry to stop folks from going out to see and hear live music. On the contrary, the above headline is more of a thought--a note to self, that since this weekend is a bit rainy and there's a touch of Fall in the air, that it may be ok to just stay at home. You know, grab a blanket and start a fire in the fireplace. But, instead of revving up the DVD or streaming the latest flick, how about you turn on the radio?

Chunks O' Fun!

When you look at a radio show, on paper that is, it's format is one of chunks or segments. I prefer to call them the former. "Chunks" just seems so much more tangible, something you can sink your teeth or ears into (wait, that doesn't read well does it? But I'm going to stick with it). On this week's World Music Show (10/5), each chunk of music will be of a certian theme. From South African music, to desert guitar tracks to a mini-salute to the Marley family, this week's show will be slices of wonderment. With that, let the chunks fly!

Saturday Night Couch Music

So, let me be a little more general. Just becuase the headline for this week's World Music Show (9/28) is dubbing this "couch music," doesn't mean that you're required to listen to the show on the sofa, futon, et. al. It just means that finding yourself a cozy spot to enjoy all of this week's bounty, would be a good thing to do. Also, contrary to what the image may imply, this week's show is by no means a low-key type of show.

Red Hot + Rio-rific

Sure, it's ok to make up words--especially in headlines. That's where the fun is, at least when it comes to writing. When it comes to music, the fun part is the playing--and listening to it. Hence the beauty of this week's World Music Show (9/21). Actually, that's the beauty of every show. And if you can gleem from the headline this week's theme, then 50 points to you! Yes, this week's show will be heavy in Brazilian (and other Latin) music--especially in the first hour.

The Scientists of Sound

If you're a knowledgeable music listener who remembers various lyrics and good writing, then you may recognize this week's headline. Coined (or in this case borrowed) from a song by the Beastie Boys, this week's World Music Show (9/14) will take that line of thought and actually perform a musical experiment of sorts--at least in the first hour. 

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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.

The World is Moving

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

Home of the Mini-Tributes

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.

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