"Cultures are very powerful forces. We get used to being certain ways. The music you grow up with becomes deeply a part of who you are and your identity. It takes a desire to learn and communicate with others in order to adjust to the sounds of another culture's music."
-Michael Tenzer, Ethnomusicologist as heard on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook 'The Roots of World Music' February 22, 2010
Before setting out on a trip, I like to learn something about the place I'll be visiting. I especially enjoy listening to music from the country I'll visit. In the past I had to search high and low to find good world music. Nowadays, this task is easier than ever with music from nearly ever part of the globe available for purchase on CD, from iTunes, or on YouTube.