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July 2018 Archives

It’s 1968 Again On One Year At A Time!

For July we take a listen to 1968. The turmoil that hit the streets is reflected in the popular music of the year – but it wasn’t the only thing going on. Read More…

Myth and Mystery from Folk Tales

You might call July “Myth Month” at the Folk Tales corral. July 14, we dig into Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads Blues,” and the eerie myth that he sold his soul to the Devil. On the 21st, the most famous folksinger you’ve never heard of, Derroll Adams, a minor player in the folk revival––so why did Donovan write songs about him? And on the 28th, the remarkable saga of the festival that started it all, decades before Newport––the National Folk Festival, a story full of twists, mysteries and surprising cameos by Zora Neale Hurston, W.C. Handy, and J. Edgar Hoover. Wait, what? Read More…

More Thoughts on Music as a Force For Healing and Why I Love The Boston Music Community

I suppose you would expect that I would tell you about something from one of my recent shows. But it’s something that happened on Albert O’s show just after me in the closing days of June. It’s something that encapsulates why I am glad to have commercial-free WUMB around. Albert’s show began with one of the many powerful songs from Mary Gauthier’s latest album Rifles and Rosary Beads, the track “I Got Your Six” (written by Mary Gauthier with Iraq War veterans Meghan Counihan and Britney Pfad ). It was followed by Tom Petty’s “Don’t Fade On Me.” Read More…

“In the Sun”

“Well, alright, that’s ok … I’ll just keep it to myself in the sun.”

There are so many good summer songs but this She & Him song will always be my song of the summer. The video reminds me of my time in Southern California, which is really a forever summer kind of place. Read More…

The “Big Bang” of Western Swing

So much of the music we know and love dates back to the 1920’s.  Why?  That was the dawn of radio and recorded music!  Not that there wasn’t great music before that but it really went national at that time.  (Aside: I think that YouTube has had a similar impact on music in the 2000’s, but that’s a theme for another DJ.)  So there were all these great musicians making all this great new music, jazz!  Swing!  Read More…

Why I Love Hosting Celtic Twilight

Just like you, I’m a fan of Celtic music. I first fell in love with Celtic music back in the 60’s, listening to LPs of the Clancy Brothers and of course, to Irish AM radio shows. Read More…

Music Unites Us All….

At the risk of oversimplifying (and perhaps stating the obvious), it seems to me that we here in the States have let ourselves become somewhat unaware of the world around us, particularly when it comes to music. The extraordinary breadth and richness of the variety of musical traditions and creative energy coming from everywhere is a never ending source of amazement and pleasure for those who care to listen. Read More…

50 Years Later and We All Still Live In A Yellow Submarine!

Do believe that it was 50 years ago this month that we first saw the Beatles film, Yellow Submarine? It’s crazy, but it’s true! The colorful and epic battle between good and evil can be seen once again this month at selected theaters in New England with a new remastered print of the film. I will be hosting several screenings with the only surviving animator from the movie, Ron Campbell, in Natick, Mass. At a screening in Arlington, I will also host and moderate a panel discussing the film and how its message still holds true today. Read More…

Happy Summer & July All, From Albert O!!

You probably remember a few weeks back we broadcast a full four hours (!) of back-to-back versions of songs written in the 60’s & 70’s on H61 Revisited, and the response/input was so overwhelming (thank you!!), that we’ll probably air a couple more, I’m thinking this September and early next year, so…if out of the blue, an example crops up randomly, don’t hesitate to e-mail that suggestion at albert.o@wumb.orgRead More…

WUMB Blues Music Camp 2018

I’m excited to share that WUMB has a new music camp to offer! WUMB Blues Music Camp will be held September 28-30, 2018 at Geneva Point on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH. This is familiar territory to anyone who has attended recent Summer Acoustic Music Week camps, set right at the start beautiful leaf-peeping season in New Hampshire. Read More…