I don’t go to the wall enough anymore, but that’s a topic for another time. This one’s for William Gay, who died yesterday. I’ve seen many people express shock his passing at the relatively young age of 68, but it should be noted that 68 in Southern author years is a pretty good run, besting a number of his contemporaries. Also, if you ever met Mr. Gay, you were saddened to learn of his passing, but you weren’t necessarily surprised by it. On his best days William rarely looked long for this world.
Slowly but surely I’m getting some of the recent photographs online. Right now I’m just keeping up with current demand while still hoping that I get the chance go back and get some of the back log I’ve had around since the summer. Recent galleries I’ve gotten posted:
It’s been a long time coming (more than 2 years since I became personally involved with the effort), but CultureCandy, the Baton Rouge-based arts organization finally has a new web site. There’s still some rough spots to smooth out and some polish to add, but it’s alive and kicking. Thanks to CovalentLogic for contributing the graphic design and a lot of the user interface design also. Along with a more pleasing aesthetic, the new look and feel also lays a better foundation for a whole slew of improvements I’ve been scheming on. Look for them to start coming around the first of summer.
Having spent too many evenings indoors on the computer to get that out the door, it’s time for a break. This weekend has me in NOLA for a college friend’s bachelor party, and what should be a grand reunion of a lot of old cohorts, kicking off with what I hope will be a pretty afternoon at the race track for the Louisiana Derby. And it’s only a few short weeks until Louisiana’s music festival season gets into gear. I can already taste my JazzFest soft-shell crab po-boy. Laissez les…
The city of New Orleans lost an important member of their musical community today with the death of Marva Wright. Her obituary isn’t going to get national (or even regional) headlines, so I wanted to make a point to honor the life of a helluva songstress. Hearing Marva sing was something that once you experienced, you likely never forgot. I know I didn’t. Her voice was HUGE. Growing up singing gospel at the church and at home she didn’t start singing professionally until she started working the Bourbon Street circuit the late 80’s. That’s where my family and I saw her for the first time, and throughout the years it remains a memory we regularly reminisce about. Alex Cook made reference to this song earlier today in commemorating her passing, so a hat tip to him for a worthy selection. Here’s to you, Marva, New Orleans own treasure. Enjoy your stroll in the great hereafter.
One of my favorite avenues to explore in mixology is the creation of ‘signature cocktails.’ Especially in Southeast Louisiana, where, for better or worse, alcohol is so woven into the fabric of everyday life, the idea of having a cocktail that represents your restaurant, business, favorite sports team, etc is a pretty common notion. With that in mind I’ve been working on a signature cocktail for my home here in Baton Rouge, somewhat of a mixological flag that I can hang on the front stoop that gives a visitor an idea of the kind of times I like to spend at my house. The drink was to be named the ‘Morning Glory,’ for the street that I live on, but that name was already taken by this drink, so I opted to call my creation, once it was finished, ‘My Morning Glory’ since, well, it’s mine. (more…)
As part of catching up on my digital chores I’ve updated GoodReads with the books I’ve finished over the last 6 months. You can check out my thoughts on them and everything else I’m reading here (and they hang out on the right hand column a little ways down). Anybody got any good book recommendations to pass along? My ‘to read’ stack is getting a little low.
Now If I can just get that damn Flickr updated.
…going on in and around my particular world these days:
- Gorjus over at PrettyFakes has, after much hustle and toil, got the fifth edition of the Sandusky Review almost ready for the real world.
- Southdowns, the neighborhood where I live in Baton Rouge is seeing an explosion of new, (and thankfully) local businesses owned by some really cool people who take their commitment to the area seriously. I’m a particular fan of the 1699 Salon, which, being so much more than a place to get a haircut, has quickly come a community hub for me and a few friends to get together, drink coffee or booze, depending on the time of day, and get in a good conversation while listening to a few tunes. I’ve been helping them out with some photography and just put live a little website for them. Might I humbly suggest you give them your business.
- I’m knee deep in the development of the new CultureCandy website. CovalentLogic did the graphic design and layout and I’m plugging in all the data. I think it will be a big improvement over the current site and hopefully contribute more fully to the arts community in and around Baton Rouge.
- Tomorrow I ride in my first ever parade, the St. Patrick’s Day one here in Baton Rouge, somehow having been allowed to be Irish for a day. I’ve been delegated to make 100 Jell-O shots to supply the float with. Gelatin drinks are actually a legitimate avenue of craft mixology, so I’m looking forward to my education on the matter. Pondering if I can whip up a Jameson, ginger & lemon Jell-O shot.
I have six months worth of pictures to put on Flickr. Hoping that I get the chance to tackle that sooner than later. If I can get caught up on digital housekeeping then AW updates stand to occur much more frequently.