Hello and Happy Random Thursday! I have three items for consideration this week because they're rather longish. Each of the three makes me very happy, which is why I didn't whittle them down and add in another two I don't have as much enthusiam for. They would have known, and turned against me, you see. Note: The song is set to play automatically, so just shut if off if you don't want to hear. But it's a good song, possibly full of subliminal messages telling you how sexy and incredible you are, and you don't want to miss that, do you?
1. Shrimp and grits: Just what the heck is it? Besides delicious, obviously. Many people have expressed an interest in this dish since I posted about my shrimp and grits induced coma. The basic ingredient is also the most mysterious: if you do not live in the South and have never had grits, the very word "grit" may conjure unpleasant imagery for you. Understandable, but unfounded. Grits are like rice, except they come from corn. They are fairly tasteless until you do something to them. Cheese grits are one of my favorites. The coma-inducing dish I had included: cheese grits, spiced shrimp, cajun sausage, some kind of roux gravy, green onions, diced tomatoes, and mystery spices. It is humble Southern cuisine, found in the most surprising places. Mine came from Ezell's Catfish Cabin.
Warning: Grits are something of a specialty item and should not be taken seriously if cooked by a novice. Nothing is worse than bad grits.
2. I rarely listen to whole albums these days. Granted, I have this writerly quirk that drives me to anchor a particular song to a scene, emotion, or character I'm writing. Then nothing will do but to play that particular song over and over and over whenever that character/emotion/scene demands. Yes, the neighbors hate me for this. Yes, my husband deserves some kind of award for putting up with it. It's not just that, though. I've made this point before: medium influences media. I'm convinced it has something to do with the way albums are produced these days, which is mostly for a digital, buy-the-song-you-want market. Not that this is a bad thing. Far from it. It's just different. At any rate, whatever the reason, I rarely find the kind of cohesive album that flows, one song into another, as whole albums should. Moondoggies' newest release Tidelands is one of these rare finds. I was doubly happy to unearth not just one of my favorite songs from this album, but to discover it had been illustrated by an artist in their community and turned into a music video that actually tells a charming little story. Great art and great music and great storytelling and the neighbors get a reprieve from mono-song hell. Viva Tidelands!
3. Link to Clarie Farrell's Thirst :
Have a great Random Thursday (and Friday and weekend, or until whenever I get to post next!)