Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Different strokes

I was listening to a Getz/Gilberto CD yesterday while I was making lemon curd

lemon curd 1

(and by the way – why is it that half a pound of butter, five lemons and five eggs and an unhealthy amount of sugar will only make four jars of lemon curd?)

lemon curd 2

when Dave came in the kitchen, and questioned my choice of music (poor benighted guitarist that he is.) I believe the word “wallpaper” featured somewhere in our conversation and it wasn’t me who uttered it.

I explained that the sax playing is not only mellow and very skilled, but it makes me feel happy. Just like the backing on the Billie Holiday CD I listen to all the time in the car. The sax, trumpet, trombone and piano of the jazz backing lifts me. Yes, I can listen to Leonard Cohen and Natalie Merchant along with the rest of the misery gutses, but right now, I want uplifting music, music that feeds me.

Did you see that film Quartet, with Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly and a rather yummy version of Tom Courtenay? It was set in a home for retired musicians. There was a lot of classical music and singing, but what made my spirits soar was the muted trumpet backing of the number “Are you having any fun?”

I may think a lot, but I am still a deeply shallow person.

And while I am at it, I can’t stand opera, or that middle-class dark, dark 70% cocoa mass chocolate. Give me Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, or please don’t bother.

And now I am off to play Corcovado on my sax.


Christine said...

Sue, I didn't know you felt that way about dark chocolate. Can we still be friends . . .?

Sue Hepworth said...

Yes. I am certainly not a chocolatist.