Music en Harmonizing on Harmonicas <p></p><p>It’s said the harmonica was invented by German instrument maker Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann in 1821. Nearly 100 years later, a man was born who would take his passion for the harmonica to another level… and keep it there for nearly another 100 years.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 13:01:32 +0000 Rebecca Sheir 21708 at Harmonizing on Harmonicas Drumming as a Way to Bring People Together <p>Rhythm is central to all kinds of music, and a Charlottesville musician thinks it can also play a role in building community. His motto - have drums, will travel.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 12:12:18 +0000 Sandy Hausman 21414 at Drumming as a Way to Bring People Together From Child Soldier to Peace Activist <p>A performance by former child soldier who became a musician as a way to tell his story, kicks off a Forum on Global Engagement at Virginia Tech. Internationally known hip-hop artist and social justice advocate, Emmanuel Jal will perform a rare, free concert in Blacksburg.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:22:17 +0000 Robbie Harris 18772 at From Child Soldier to Peace Activist From Africa to Appalachia <p></p><p>It’s well documented that the American banjo has its origins in instruments brought to the colonies by enslaved Africans.&nbsp;<br /><br />Virginia has a long history with the banjo, and it didn’t start with bluegrass--it started with enslaved Africans.&nbsp;</p><p>As early as 1781, Thomas Jefferson took note of the stringed gourd instruments his slaves played. Over the years, the banjo was transformed from an African instrument, to a predominantly white instrument with the familiar bluegrass twang.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:26:17 +0000 Allison Quantz 18098 at From Africa to Appalachia Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells & Silent Nights <p>It is that time of year—when you just might have a Holiday Jingle Ear Worm….maybe you picked it up in a department store, or from a humming co-worker.&nbsp; Maybe even from this radio station.&nbsp; 'Tis the season for Christmas tunes.</p><p>A writer from Appomatox is actually an expert on American Christmas music and with his just-released book, Ronald Lankford attempts to reconcile the sacred and the profane.&nbsp; He studies music ranging from hymns to warbling chipmunks.</p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:05:56 +0000 Connie Stevens 14950 at Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells & Silent Nights