Sometimes, whether it’s mid-week, mid-day or mid-life, you need a lift.
Music is one of my favourite lifters and recently, I have been delighted to discover Postmodern Jukebox. Their specialty is covers of modern songs in older styles – and man, do they have style!
I’ve included some of my favourites here, but there is whole rabbit hole full of others on youtube. Make yourself a cuppa and go try a few. There are links underneath the videos to buy recordings if you want them on your playlist.
I can’t tell you how much I love this. Actually I can. I’m learning it and intend to include it in my future cabaret act!
The Star Wars arrangement alone is worth the price of admission, but Sarah Reich is fantastic!
Sadly, I can’t do an Andres-sisters-style number by myself, otherwise this might be on the list to learn too!
There is something appropriate about ‘Thrift Shop’ being done in a vintage style!
And finally, All About That Bass with harmonies and actual bass!
Today on the radio, I heard that one of my all-time favourite music groups is being honoured in a hall of fame. The band’s name was Weddings, Parties, Anything and they’re an icon of the Melbourne music scene. They were never huge in the charts, but they are well known and loved among Australians of a certain generation and deserve to be better known.
They have a special place in my musical history as I discovered them though this song, just after I first moved to Melbourne. It references a heap of local landmarks and I remember being so excited when I recognised these new-to-me places in the lyrics of a song. This video is a very cute interpretation, too! (BTW, the clocks in question are on the facade of Flinders St train station – a traditional place to meet in Melbourne. Can’t tell you how excited I was the first time I arranged to meet someone there after hearing this song)
Under the Clocks
I’m still trying to produce a big word count this month, so dinners still need to be quick. But lest you think that I ONLY work from the freezer and tinned veges when in a hurry, I thought I’d throw in a mostly fresh example.
This dinner came about because my local supermarket had packs of zucchini, bags of tomatoes and packs of button mushrooms on special. I had bacon and onions at home and dinner was decided. This is a very slight variation on a dish invented by my dear mother-in-law, probably in much the same way!
I made a huge pan of this, because I had bacon I wanted to use up, but it’s an almost infinitely variable thing (as so much of my cooking is; not big on precision around here), so I’ll give you approximate ingredient amounts per person and you can adjust as necessary.
A little while ago, I read a blog post (and when I track it down, I will come back and update with link to it, promise!) saying that we need to use the words we love, or we will lose them: they will become lost to everyday understanding.
I thought this was an excellent point and in honour of the great words, I thought I would dedicate the first Friday of every month to my favourite words.
To get the ball rolling, I offer today:
According to my Collins English Dictionary (yes, an actual book, with pages and ink and all) this is an adjective and means
1. lacking vitality and purpose or
2. lazy or idle, especially in a dreamy way
In honour of the solemnity of this Friday for many people, I thought I’d share a quite extraordinary digital rendering of surely, one of the world’s most magnificent artworks, the Sistine Chapel, in Rome.
If you click on the picture below (which I took from the Wikipedia article on the Sistine Chapel) it will take you to an amazing, virtual tour of Michelangelo’s magnificent Sistine Chapel. With the buttons in the bottom left, you can zoom in or out, and by clicking and dragging with your mouse, you can change your angle of view. I have no idea how they did this, but it’s wonderful. A stunning Friday Favourite.
May your Friday be truly good.
PS: for those who read last week’s cocktail post and wanted the answer to the challenge question, I have put it at the bottom of the comment trail on that post.