Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

Food, Jazz, Hallelujah and more

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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.

Leonard Cohen

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.

 

Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

2 thoughts on “Food, Jazz, Hallelujah and more

  1. Hi Fay, could you let me know what the “Elements of Jazz” lecture exactly is, please? Something online, a class lecture or a book? Thanks!

  2. Thanks for your interest. I was on vacation in New Orleans (the Jazz town) and just returned. The course is from a company called great courses. http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/courses/course_detail.aspx?cid=728

    You can get it as a download to your electronic device or on cd. They frequently have sales and I know I got mine for much less than the price listed now on the website. Get on their mailing list. I just listened to the cd’s for the second time. Good combination of actually listening to the various jazz styles and the lectures. Excellent instructor.

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