It’s that indecision time of the year. What do you get for who? Or is that whom? Of course, the perfect gift for everyone on your list is a WUMB membership, but what if you’ve already done that? Well, I have a suggestion. Read More…
Late September and mid-to-late October met in a convergence of long pursued goals for me. I moved to an area I’d coveted for years. Then the Red Sox made it to and through the post-season.
During this process, I cracked open a box marked “books” and was greeted with W.P. Kinsella’s The Thrill of the Grass. This is a collection of short stories set in professional Baseball, some in the Major Leagues and many in the Minor Leagues. Some of the stories even center around Baseball. But mostly, the characters bounce off the subject like a ground ball on a pock-marked infield before rolling into another area of life.
Thinking about this led to one more confluence of excitement: the Red Sox’ world series run to re-discovering The Thrill of the Grass to what was then the upcoming visit of Greg Brown to WUMB (Friday November 1st). Greg’s song Laughing River would have fit right in with The Thrill of the Grass. Getting to play Major League Baseball is such a classic dream. Like with all dreams, the work it takes to get there can run up against the ultimate question, “is it worth it?” As in the character of Laughing River who, after 20 years in the Minor Leagues and never making it to “The Show” (a nickname for the Major Leagues) decides he’s better off trading in his old bat for a fishing pole. Goodbye to paying dues, it’s time to enjoy doing nothing…just fishing, gardening, visiting friends, playing with the kids. Oh, if only we could reap a decent salary doing that, eh? Read More…
November is that month that, at least here in the US, we give thanks, so this month I want to say thank you. Thank you for listening and thank you for donating. As I’ve said many times, we can’t do it without you, and it would be really silly to try.
I also want to thank all the musicians who make the music we share with you on WUMB. It’s not easy making a living it this part of the music business and most of these folks make great sacrifices to share their songs with us. Think what it’s like to drive 400 miles (each way) to a gig that pays just enough to cover the gas, where, if you sell enough CD you’ll be able to go home with some cash in your pocket. Their passion is inspiring.
I want to thank all of the people who run the venues where we go to see the performers heard on WUMB. I especially want to single out the member organizations of the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association. I personally want to thank all of the volunteers that make the BACHA venues go. They work hard to bring the music into our communities.
Speaking of volunteers, I want to thank all of the folks who answer phones during our member drives. Not only are they doing something valuable for the station, but it’s nice for us on the staff to get a chance to see, and chat, with them.
As usual, during our recent member drive, our work study students were the backbone of the effort and I want to publically thank Esteban, Annie, Kayla, and Mercedes.
Thanks again, for being a part of the WUMB family. I hope whatever holiday, or holidays, you celebrate this winter are all that you want them to be.
WUMB Weekday Announcer/Acoustic Sunrise
It’s been an exciting first month for me at WUMB, curating and hosting Local Folk on Saturdays from 12-2pm. I was fortunate enough to be involved in the New England Americana Festival as a performer, organizer, and running sound and MCing at the WUMB stage on Winthrop Park. Events like this where 65+ folk, roots, blues, and Americana bands were seen all throughout Harvard Square, remind me of the incredible range of musical talent that our city and our region has to offer. It also reminds me of why programs like Local Folk are important in helping to spotlight just some of these amazing artists, because if there’s one thing I took from this festival is that there is a hunger for locally produced music. To be able to help deliver that to listeners who I know will love these artists as much as I do is incredibly meaningful.
It seems to me that we are only beginning to harness the true power of the internet, that being the ability to make massive volumes of content easily available to one and all. A new Folk Music related resources has recently come online and I’d like to highlight that as well as a couple of other projects that may be of interest. Read More…
Really, how many Danielle Steele novels can you read in one summer? If you’re looking for some light, but educational, late summer reading, I have some suggestions. And cheap ones, because, I’ll admit it, I haunt the book racks in the Dollar Stores, Under 5s and Job Lot stores of all varieties. You probably know that books, once they leave the shelves of your local book store, hit the remainder table. Their next stop, before becoming recycling, or door stops, or something, is the Dollar Store. There, for a buck or so, you can find some enjoyable reading now that you’ve consumed that stack of paperbacks that you’ve been toting from beach to beach. Here are a few of my favorite “cheapo” finds. Read More…
Did you know that Bobby Bland – one of the great Memphis soul/blues singers of B.B. King’s generation who passed away at the end of June at the age of 83 – recently discovered that fellow Memphis bluesman James Cotton is his half brother? Cotton is still making great music with the release of his new record “Cotton Mouth Man”, which you can hear throughout the week on WUMB.