We have a lot of delights this week, many of them musical. At one point I thought I was going to have an all music delights post this week, but things seem to have evened out at the end of the week. I’m realizing that most of the non-musical things are about food. I guess I like to eat and listen to music. So let’s get to it.
- On Sunday I got to visit with friends who I haven’t seen in a long time, some of them in a very long time. Friends that used to live in Baltimore but moved out to Colorado over a decade ago were back in town visiting this weekend as part of a crazy cross-country trip they are currently taking. Some of our other friends invited a bunch of people over for a bbq to see them while they were here. That meant I also got to see other friends that I haven’t seen in awhile. Another friend got married and moved out to West Virginia where his wife is from last year. It was great to see him and finally meet his wife. There were also some other friends who do still live in Maryland but who I’m not sure that I’ve seen since the pandemic started. So it was a great afternoon of catching up with old friends.
- I also got to pick crabs at the party, which I enjoy doing exactly once a year. My Facebook memories inform me that it often happens on Labor Day weekend at these very friend’s house that I was at this weekend. Due to a screw up with our order we even got some larger crabs for cheaper.
- We made s’mores over their fire pit at the party as well. I had seen something on social media at some point earlier this year recommending using Ghirardelli chocolate squares in them, and I was like why have I never done this before? So I stopped on the way to the party and picked up a bag of milk chocolate caramel squares and a bag of dark chocolate sea salt caramel squares. It was indeed an excellent decision and something I highly recommend. Though it does make the s’mores much more expensive than if you’re just breaking up some Hershey bars to share.
- My husband and I went out to dinner on Thursday night. The restaurant we went to had a section of spiritless cocktails on their menu. As someone who can’t drink, I always appreciate when restaurants do this. I don’t know why more of them don’t because it’s really in their best interest. It got $6.50 out of me that they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise because I would have just drank a free glass of water instead. I don’t care for soda, so usually I just wind up drinking water at restaurants. I suppose I could ask the bar to make me something non-alcoholic even if it’s not on the menu, but I wouldn’t even know what to ask for, and it seems like a lot of work. I like being presented with a list of options and getting to choose something instead of just hoping the bartender can whip me something good.
- The same restaurant had Smith Island cake for dessert, which is the state dessert of Maryland. The distinguishing feature of a Smith Island cake is that it usually has somewhere between 9 and 12 thin layers of cake with some sort of icing sandwiched between them. The original version is sort of a dense vanilla cake with a very fudgy chocolate frosting, but they make them in all sort of flavors. I made one when they were debating making it the state dessert and there was a recipe published in the paper. Although they are delicious, they are a big, fat pain in the butt to make and I vowed never to make another one. My friend kept bugging me to bake one. Around that time she was house hunting and I often went with her to look at houses. She’s super picky and wouldn’t commit to anything, so I told her if she bought a house I would bake her a Smith Island cake for a housewarming. She never did buy a house back then, but when she eventually got married I did finally bake a second one to surprise her at her bridal shower. Despite it being the state dessert you don’t see Smith Island cakes on too many restaurant menus, so I’m always happy when I can enjoy one that someone else has baked for me.
- It was fried chicken biscuit day at blacksauce kitchen. It’s my favorite of their biscuit sandwiches, but they only have it a couple of times a year. I was happy to enjoy one this weekend.
- My friend sent me a link to some other t-shirt that she was looking at on the Snorg Tees website, so then I started looking through designs and stumbled across this Animals of the World one. I’m not going to buy it, but it cracked me up. Death floof! Formal chicken!
And now for your many musical delights for the week:
- In my post about seeing Mary Chapin Carpenter in concert the other week I mentioned that at the concert she had mentioned a series of videos she did during the first year of the pandemic. They are all still available, so I have been making my way through them. I started with One Night Lonely, which is the full concert she did with no audience at Wolf Trap. She sang the first song standing backwards on the stage so that you could see out into the empty venue. It didn’t make me happy, but it did give me a lot feels and make me nostalgic for some of the pandemic musical experiences that got me through those early days. I’d never actually want to relive that, so nostalgia for it feels odd. The human brain is weird y’all. I’ve also been watching the Songs from Home series she did on Youtube and came across the song “Don’t Need Much to Be Happy”, which I had not been familiar with before. It seems like the theme song of this blog post series.
- I’m doing a rewatch of One Tree Hill while listening to the Drama Queens podcast. One of the reasons I loved that show so much is the use of music and how integral it was to the show. In the episode that I was watching last week they used the song “World Spins Madly On” by the Weepies, which is a song I haven’t thought about it in years. I really love it though and it fit perfectly in the episode.
- For some reason I’ve heard the song “Sunny Came Home” by Shawn Colvin multiple times recently. It was a song and an album I adored when it came out, but then the song got way overplayed and I grew tired of it and could no longer hear what I loved about it to begin with. Apparently 30+ years is finally long enough to bring me back around on it somewhat as I really did enjoy hearing it again.
- In other songs that I haven’t heard in a really long time, I heard the song “True Companion” by Marc Cohn. Most people if they know any of his songs know “Walking in Memphis”, but I was also partial to this song. My mom had this album on cassette tape when I was a kid. When we went on road trips we would take turns choosing what cassette to listen to, and I remember this being one of my favorite choices.
- I’m going to leave you with this hilariously awful version of “Summer Breeze”, a song really love normally. I don’t know much about the origin of this video other than it was recorded at some benefit concert thrown by Judd Apatow at Largo in L.A. I don’t know what it’s a benefit for, but it did feature this cover of “Summer Breeze” performed by Dave Grohl, Beck, Tenacious D, and John C. Reilly.