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Wash, Rinse, Repeat

What’s the phrase for washing your hair? Rinse, wash, repeat? I don’t know. My hair is on a permanent vacation. But the gist of this opening is that on this week’s World Music Show (12/1), we’re going to have a little bit of a repeat.

Full of Feelings

A week or so ago I was listening to the great radio program World Cafe. And the amazing host Talia Schlanger was interviewing one my idols (I have a few!)--Elvis Costello. And in that talk, she asked him about a quote he had said earlier about you can always get a sense of an album by listening to the fourth track (I’m paraphrasing of course).

Street Music Rules

When I lived in Santa Barbara there was this musician named Mason B. Mason who played pretty much everyday on State Street. Everyone knew him and most locals would stop to listen and throw a few bucks into his open guitar case. Mason B. Mason never made it big, but he had a big impact on everyone who walked by. It’s in this vein that many of the songs on this week’s World Music Show (11/17) are all about--that immediate connection.

Not All Somber Notes

When pulling together the tracks for this week’s World Music Show (11/3) I usually try to stay away from national news and things. Sometimes some of my themes will touch base on a particular trend or event (like an election).

But with this past week’s killing of 11 senior citizens at the Temple of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, I thought I’d show some solidarity and respect by playing some songs off a powerful CD called “Yiddish Glory: the lost songs of WWII.”

Not a Ghost Town

When pulling tracks together for this week’s World Music Show (10/27) I usually go and grab The Specials “Ghost Town.” I do this because it’s an easy, fun little tie in to Halloween. Sure, from the outside, it’s an obvious pick.

Update on the Bikeways and Trails Plan for Chesterfield

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors got its first update on the Bikeways and Trails Plan at yesterday’s work session. It’s the first update the Board received in three years since the plan was adopted and passed in the county.

The plan encompasses 362 miles of what would become a basic connectivity system throughout the county.

“Essentially everything but cars--the bike/ped network.”

The Mailbag is Open!

On this week’s World Music Show (10/20) I’m opening up the proverbial mailbag in order to highlight some of the new music I’ve been getting. And after reviewing the depth of stuff that’s come in, I can say that you’re in for a treat.

Some of the highlights include:\