Wednesday, December 17, 2014

If Music Could Talk - PODCAST - Dec 14, 2014

Some funk, jazz, blues, and 60s rock... 

plus, music from Israel, Russia, and the Ukraine

...and a few "international" holiday songs too


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

If Music Could Talk - PODCAST - Nov 9, 2014 - mis-matched genres

Curiosity can mess up the flow of a set...  

However,  in this case, perhaps there was never much hope of a flow.

This show started off with three really crackly ghanaian 45s that skipped frequently...  

(*They've been re-ripped and replaced in the podcast with no skips and fewer pops and cracks   - maybe it was the needle or arm weight being unbalanced on the station turntable..  )  

But I'll be honest, this set is basically not flowing very well / at all

Here you will find a ton of music that I'm either currently "checking out" for curiosity's sake,  or music that I am totally into..     but there's very little soulful blending here.....     just ...      song a.   wow..      song b.    hmm... interesting       and so on...

Some of the records i played this Sunday came from a junk store record hunt in NoVa on Saturday...  

.... Others were chosen during an afternoon of digging through a few stacks of random vinyl on Sunday afternoon.     

I'll try to plan the set better ahead of time next week (but I'll probably include more random finds from this weekend).     If you like anything you here, please leave a comment here!  

  I am grateful to WRIR and our community of supporters and volunteers to be able to do this show every week...  it's always an interesting journey and I hope y'all enjoy it too... (even if you don't always like everything you hear)

Thanks for Listening!


Monday, October 20, 2014

If Music Could Talk - Oct 19, 2014 - Fall Fund drive

Lightly edited to remove excessive banter because I know you're already going to donate to WRIR during our fund drive.... right?!?!!    THANK YOU!!!! you're so kind!

  please donate at and keep our radio station going for another 6 months! 


Friday, May 30, 2014

This Sunday on "If Music Could Talk" - a musical conversation with artist Khalid Thompson

Tune in this Sunday at 7pm for "If Music Could Talk" on 97.3 FM, or online at for a special musical conversation with talented artist and renaissance man Khalid Thompson.

We'll be discussing his upcoming art show, FREQUEN-SEE (opening Friday June 13 at 7pm at C'est Le Vin in Shockoe Bottom), as well as his views on art and music!

Here's the link to his art show event page: ( please attend, share the link, and invite your friends! )

If you dig his work and want to get inside the mind of this talented artist this is your opportunity!

If Music Could Talk - PODCAST - May 25, 2014


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

"ECM - A Cultural Archaeology"

My mother, Monica Rumsey, who runs her own editing company (Scholarly Editing, Inc.),  just gave me her copy of an incredible book that she copyedited called ECM:  A Cultural Archaeology.  

 Anyone who loves Jazz  -- especially the late 70s experimental stuff that musicians like Keith Jarrett, L. Shankar, Stanley Clarke, Jan GarbarekSteve Tibbets, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and so many other legendary artists created on the ECM label (Edition of Contemporary Music) -- should definitely pick up a copy of this book.   (As far as fancy art books go.. for 50 dollars it's certainly worth the price in my opinion.)     

One of the Editors of this book is Okwui Enwezor, Nigerian-born American curator, art critic, writer, poet, educator who specializes in art history.  You can read about him in this article announcing that he will curate the 2015 Venice Biennale.   Over the years, I've become a fan of many of Okwui Enwezor's publications (my mother has worked on a number of his recent ones)  including Contemporary African Art since 1980 - also an absolutely incredible book - which he put together with Chika Okeke-Agulu.

Other authors of ECM: A cultural Archaeology are Markus Mueller (Editor), Diedrich Diederichsen(Contributor), Kodwo Eshun (Contributor), Renée Green (Contributor).     

Art Ensemble of Chicago - 1979

Pat Metheny Group

Paul Bley - 1970s

By the way,  one of my favorite records of all time, and the album that made me really start paying attention to ECM, was "Bye Bye Safe Journey" By Steve Tibbets.  

 Highly recommended... you can buy it here (or via emusic or itunes) ... but I personally suggest the vinyl!)  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Madhubala!! (and Happy Valentines Day too!)

Many people (especially classic Bollywood fans) claim that legendary Indian actress Madhubala was the most beautiful woman who ever lived....  here are a few photos I found online.....  a couple of them are from her famous photo shoot with LIFE magazine.....  She was born on Valentines day and died too young at the age of 36 in 1969...