Just finished 18 hours of education from Great Courses on “Food: A Cultural Culinary History”. It literally started with what the cave man ate and moved up to very current times. There was much history around the history of food and I don’t know when I have enjoyed a set of CD’s more. I just had no concept of how world history, food, cultures, habits, cooking methods have evolved over time. Definitely want to hear this again.
Next I started “Elements of Jazz” (think history of jazz) and am almost done with that. It starts with plantation beginnings of cake walk, which I had never heard of, goes into ragtime, blues, swing, big bands, modern jazz and the ABC’s of Jazz Improvisation. The lectures are so interesting and he weaves how what was happening in the country has influenced and been influenced by jazz and then there is all the music he plays. This one is only about 6 hours and will be listening to it again soon.
Each of these have little books that summarize the information so it is easy to go back and refresh my memory.
Friday was the 3 hour lecture on Leonard Cohen and”Hallelujah!”: God, Sex and Pop Rock. We could have easily had another 2 hours of discussion. This link has over 16 million hits. What an interesting and complicated man. Truly one of a kind genius. Appears I am not the only one who doesn’t understand the lyrics, not only for this song but also some of his other songs. I have never been really good at understanding poetry so that’s part of my problem. The backup band for him is fabulous. Check out the music at 3:20. Is the song about a woman, God, both? We have been enjoying the DVD of his performance in London a few years ago.
Today we went to the Strawberry Festival in Slater, a tiny town 6 miles from us. The weather is PERFECT. There were about 60 craft and other vendors and lots of food trucks and of course strawberries from the nearby farm. They are delicious. Have a big supply on my kitchen counter.
Starting at 6 tonight Bob and I will be selling beer and wine at the Travelers Rest Trailblazer Park grand opening. The beer and wine selling is an all summer fund raiser for the Travelers Rest Artist Alliance. I think it will be fun. They will also be having food trucks, a Medicine Show and featuring the Malpass Brothers, country band/Johhny Cash like. Again, did I mention the weather couldn’t be more perfect.
Hope you are all enjoying your day.