Today we listened to music in honor of the Republican National Convention. Music began with various tunes from Afghanistan including music of the Pashai (Le Chante du Monde), songs from the Shams Ensemble (Harmonia Mundi), Tribal music (Traditional Crossroads). This was followed by music from Iraq, including rythmic Muqams (Unesco), Rashid al-Qundarji (Al Sur), Amir El Saffir (own label), Rahim Alhaj (Smithsonian). This was followed by music from Iran, including music from Boushehr (Mahoor), Dutar music from Khorassan (Ocora), music from the Bakhtiari (Cassette), and music from Mazandaran (Mahoor).
We also heard songs from Dick Gaughan (Appleseed), Andy Irvine (Appleseed), and the Clash (Epic)
It was a gunfightin’, head-thumpin’, hard-drinkin’,
heart-breakin’, tractor-trailer-slingin’, Red-bashin’,
bad-choice-makin’, ripped-from-today’s-headlines-takin’ edition of
Good’n‘Country, as Radio Rumpus Room’s Ron and Jean sat in for the
Minnesota State Fair visitin’ Ken Hippler.