You may be wondering why I haven't written in over a month, why I haven't been Tweeting as incessantly as normal or why you haven't seen what I've been eating for dinner on Facebook. The reason is I've been going through a series of transitions that still aren't completed, but should be soon. New job, new schedule, less free time (in a good way, but an adjustment), almost a new home and hopefully once I am in a new rhythm after all the new changes have settled in, a new outlook on life.
The new job is surprisingly not related to food (nor was the old one) but I think I made a good decision and think I will find a lot of satisfaction while I am at work and it most days it won't feel much like work at all - in the best way. The new home will hopefully be warm, welcoming and see delicious dinners, jump-starting breakfasts and gracefully prepared take-to-work lunches - this is all to be seen at this point. Change is hard, and I'd be lying to you if I said the past few weeks have been a breeze. But is it the challenges that teach us about ourselves, that strengthen us for the future and that make us who we are.
My point with this post is to check in, to show you I'm still here and that I've been thinking of you, my readers (however few there may be), and that I still love food and food writing just as much as ever. I've just had a lot on my plate (pun intended). One of the things I've always thought of doing here on the blog is a periodical favorites list. There are a number of blogs that do these, but I am 100% a gusher so having a bit of an outlet for the things I'm obsessed on a regular basis would be helpful for me and would hopefully introduce you to things you had yet to hear about but may also love. The list below is not all food related and it wouldn't be if I start doing this once in a while- which is another thing I like since I do try to keep The CL as food-centric as possible, but I love so, so, many things.
So how about we test the waters and I'll do a list of just five things I can't get enough of right now and you let me know what you think. Okay? Good, here we go:
1. The TRI Studios "Move Me Brightly" concert.
The 70th Birthday Tribute Concert to Jerry Garcia took place a few days after his would-have-been 70th birthday at Bobby Weir's awesome studio/venue in San Rafael, California. There is this awesome mix of musicians and fantastic energy to the whole performance. Luckily I found out about the live stream in the nick of time and happened to be home to sit around and watch it. The quality was great and the concert went on for about 5 hours - true to genuine Dead show form. I love love love it! The favorites of this favorite: the two songs Cass McCombs performs (he's on the verge of becoming a next Current Obsession). You can watch most of the show through this Yahoo link. Check out Mr. McCombs on "Dupree's Diamond Blues" at around 16:50 and then a truly awesome version of "Terrapin Station" at 53:20. "Terrapin" had some added weight that night because of the wonderful rendition but also because "move me brightly" is a line from the song. Enjoy!