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Ian Stewart

Articles by Ian Stewart

Asks for the Floor

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?

Two World Class Tributes

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. 

Juke Boxes of the World Unite!

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.

All Over the Map

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 Global Flashback

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?" 

From Cuba to The Clash

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."

Think Globally, Hear Locally

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.

Not So Bizzaro World Music

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.

Ode to the Marleys (and Other Sounds)

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Gather Round! Gather Round! On this week's World Music Show (1/19), we'll dedicate hour one to exploring and honoring (at least a little bit) all the musical treats the family Marley has given us. From the revered senior Marley, down to a few of his sons (if we had more time and more CDs of the entire family, then we could dedicate a two-hour show to this immense outpouring of music). However, this won't be a "greatest hits" collection culled from simply one or two CDs. No Sir or Ma'am.

Special Beat Service

On this week's World Music Show (1/12), the two-hour time allotment that is given this foray into tunes of the world will encompass a service of special beats that are designed to skip across various styles in said genre. And all that gobbledegook back there basically means is that during this week's show, you'll hear a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, world musically speaking that is.

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