Monday Motorway Music™, September 8 – Technical Crisis Looming

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It is not that the motorway electronic signs this morning gleefully pronounced that there was a queue 1,000 – 1,500 m ahead. At a point where we were already down to 39 km/h…

Not even that the photo that I had plans for using for this post seems to play bit-hide-and-seek and is readily available just about nowhere.

Much, much worse – the iPod cable integration in the car is failing. Horrors!! One thing is that the left channel drops out now and then – also affects the radio – but now a bump or a fresh left hand turn (not right, funnily enough – political conclusions should not be drawn, please! ;) ) can actually stop music and send the Parrot thingumyjig into an uncontrollable start,crash,restart viscious cycle.

Must phone the garage, methinks!

Anyway, music was had today:

Touching Me, Touching You – Alphabeat
Who’s That Girl (Live, Peacetour) – Eurythmics
In The Midnight Hour – Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music
Dead Ringer for Love – Meat Loaf (& Cher)
Moonlight Shadow – Mike Oldfield & Maggie Riley
Hotblooded – Roxette
Peppermin Twist – The Sweet

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Monday Motorway Music™, September 1 – Officially Autumn, Apparently

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I managed to claim two weeks ago that vacation was over, as verified by traffic. And judging by the calendar, in Denmark at least, today marks the beginning of autumn.

Both are actually true. But … *snigger* … my vacationing wasn’t quite over and done with – and neither was my summer. Last week we spent hiking in the mountains of Cinque Terre in Italy. 5 days there of lovely hiking – altogether some 50 km and 7,000 height meters under the belt.

Billede 28-08-14 20.33.50And a bit or two of Italian eating… The quality of the food in Italy is always nice – but to me it is especially the importance that food has in the mind that is uplifting. It is not just “stuff your head on the way to something else” but actually seen as important. As is, still – according to people we spoke to – actually sitting down together and eating. Resonates with me, surely.

And as our son got his driver license two weeks ago and had “a ton” of things to take with him to school today for a film/media project they’re doing, I was left without a car this morning. Got a lift with a local friend who works in the same neighbourhood, which at least saved me from braving public transport first morning back.

But altogether this also means that there is no fresh Motorway Music™ list for today or last Monday – no music on the trails last week, no music on the road today.

As a small compensation of sorts – the morning paper and breakfast table routine today were done to the sound of Angie Stone’s Stone Hits compilation album.

Photos by me
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Monday Motorway Music™, August 18 – Vacation’s Really Over

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…as seen by the fact that traffic is back. With a vengeance.

I managed to go round the motorway site where, apparently, a couple of cars had to be loaded on flatbeds under police supervision – not that I know if it made the trip faster but at least it felt more like driving than sitting.

Still, it was worse the other way – I’m generally going against the traffic. But what would have made my head explode if I had been sitting in the queue over on the other side – and I saw 6.5 km of queue (just measured it on Google Maps)  – is that the queue that way was mainly due to idiots (sorry, but that’s the Gospel on this) who slows down to see what has happened in the opposite direction.

I’ve said it before (sharp eyes will notice reuse of the opening photo, even) – but, really, get a life. Drive on, don’t bog everything down to gawk. Geez!

Moves Like Jagger – Marron 5
Turn It On Again – Genesis
Costa del Sol (live) – CV Jørgensen
Rock DJ – Robbie Williams
Don’t Get Me Wrong – Pretenders
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
Rette Mich – Nena

Photo by me
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Cobblestone Cooking Music vol VII – A Lazy Sunday

Doing pulled beef – or, some would say, I’m not… It’s a pre-cooked thing that needs half an hour in the oven, a bit of pulling and a spicy sauce mix-up. But sometimes, Sundays are like that – this one’s rainy and there’s a bit about a couple of late nights leading up to it. And some laid back conversations and a fair amout of wine. So … lazy.

With some quiet and lazy music to go with it.

  • Diana Krall, How Deep Is The Ocean
  • Swan Lee, You Cannot Hide

At least, the sides involved a bit of cooking. Corn on the cob and crispy sliced roasted potatoes.

  • Phil Collins, If Leaving Me Is Easy
  • Notre Dame de Pigalle, Madeleine Peyroux

Scrub a handful of potatoes, slice them evenly – I tend to go for a little thinner – and drop them on a pre-heated pan with a couple of dollops of a good, neutral oil. Turn and mix them often, unstick them from each other, try to get them fried on both sides all of them. Along the way salt them and give them a couple of pinches of thyme.

  • Mariah Carey, Without You
  • Sinne Eeg, Time To Go

The corn is easy – do boiling water in a big pot or pan, add a pinch of salt. Husk the corn, pull off the silky threads and drop them into the water to boil for 5 minutes – turn them over once or twice.

Finish the meat as per the instructions on the package. Serve. In this case with a Skovlyst IPA.

(And no, I did not actually listen to Kinks singing about “Lazing on a sunny afternoon”. For one thing, it wasn’t sunny at all…)


Whoa! Just a PS that is actually rather remarkable:

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:)

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Branching out, just a little bit

 

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Artificial sun. Aka streetlight.

“The sky was Bible black in Lyon
When I met the Magdalene
She was paralysed in a streetlight
She refused to give her name”
Bitter Suite, Marillion.


 

The photo above – along with the Marillion quote – is actually a crosspost from my Instagram account. And having realised that over there, I seem to have the same urge to link photos and words, I realised that at least in my head, combining or (maybe more precisely) linking these two outlets makes sense. So this morning, I re-named my Instagram account so that it is now CobblestonePhoto.

Some photos will just be there, some will pop up in life only here and some kind of random selection will exist as cross-postings. We’ll see how that all works out.

 

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Monday Motorway Music™, August 11 – Said I’d Be Back :)

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That was a lovely, varied, sun-shiny – and did I say lovely? – summer vacation!

A week in Barcelona. Now, that city has a lot to offer – in terms of food, sights, weather, ambience, you name it. We’d been before *mumble, mumble* years ago – the reunion most certainly was a good one.

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A middle week with some home relaxation and a few days in Sweden. And, as the raisin in the hotdog end as the proverbial saying goes, a week with the troop scouts on the Danish island of Bornholm. Terrific week – such a privilege to be a leader for those kids!

(the photo at the top is from the Hammershus castle ruin on Bornholm – the group wit the lamps is an evening visitor group that happened to come in just as our “event” there was done)

Basically, they not only rise to every occasion and accept and deliver on all the challenges we throw at them – they do so in good spirits, taking care of each other, getting into the fun and exciting stuff of course but don’t shy away from the more boring tasks, either.

(for those who’d like a wee peek and are not scared by Danish language, the blog and tweets are here)

Comes Love – Sinne Eeg
Don’t Let It bring You Down – Annie Lennox
Who’s That Girl (Peacetour) – Eurythmics
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
Jeg kommer – Veronica Maggio
Stjerne til støv – Sebastian

Photos by me
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Summer Hiatus: Out in the blue

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Summer vacation
Time to relax and see and
Return all too soon

In other words, don’t expect updates for the coming weeks. I’ll be back.

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Cobblestone Cooking Music vol VI – Italian On A Cold Danish Night

(editorial: originally written some time ago – as the title implies with its temperature reference – this post had sneaked off down the stairs to the drafts in the basement instead of through the clearly marked door “Publishing this way!” Darn posts – you have to keep an eye on them all the time…)

Just a little “quickie”- did a classic Italian caprese as a side today and thought it was a good enough prompt to think of warm Italian evenings and hoisting a glass of Italian red as a toast :)

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Tomatoes (in Denmark just now, they’re not as red and ripe as under an Italian summer sun, but that’s just Northern life) and mozzarella in reasonable slices, a dressing of olive oil and a good light vinegar/condimento of sorts along with salt and pepper poured over & then a sprinkle of fresh, torn basil from the pot in the windowsill.

Brought to you together with an Amy Winehouse mix (Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Back to Black), with such gems as

  • Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
  • Body And Soul (duet with Tony Bennett)
  • Fuck Me Pumps

Buon appetito!

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Tuesday Bicycle Music™, July 15 – Harder Than Usual (Plus A Thought on Enjoying)

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Last week’s Roskilde Festival is still a bit on my mind – for two reasons today.

The first is that I brought a cold home from the weekend on “the field where the music grows” as I somewhat lyrically named it in one of my Facebook updates. And gee, did I feel that when I biked this morning. In parts it felt as if I didn’t have the regular use of 1/3 of my lung capacity… Reality is very likely much better than that, of course. But on some of those climbs – man, I had no air for those and just had to settle with the rhythm and speed I could handle. If you look closely on that graph, speed kicks up a bit on the latter part on some of the climbs – I did try. But results were more hark, hork, cough than anything else.

On the other hand, that let me settle for enjoying the forest even a bit more than I usually do. Took a long peek at Løgsø (a lake in the midst of the forest) as I drove past (easy -that’s downhill ;) ) and just smiled at the scenery.

Which sort of leads me to the second of my festival points.

2014-07-06 19.32.28There were a lot of people there, obviously. But what’s been rumbling about in my mind is that at every single concert we enjoyed, there was a constant, noticeable and at times downright annoying (Statler and Waldorf … I know) flux of people coming, leaving, returning, going somewhere else.

Even at the biggest names, no matter how wonderfully and intense the concerts seemed to be – always moving, moving moving.

And I’m thinking – has it really come to a point where many, many people simply cannot any longer enjoy being a part of what they are in the middle of? Is it really necessary to constantly wonder if it’s better over there, or if it would be even better to listen to this if I first fought my way out and bought a (insert favourite tipple here), or maybe, shudder, there’s this other concert at the stage over there so I may be missing out by not being there. And of course, being there, maybe the first one was better after all?

I hope not. But there’s a thought to leave you with on a Tuesday. I know that I enjoyed my concerts. And I – after all – did enjoy this morning’s ride through the forests.

Love Me Like A Man – Bonnie Raitt
This Must Be Love – Phil Collins
I Surrender – Saybia
Sleeping On The Sidewalk – Dire Straits
Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
Purple Rain – Prince
Lily Was Here – Candy Dulfer (w/Dave Stewart)
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
I’ve Got The Music In Me – Kiki Dee
No No Never – Matt Bianco
You’re Looking At Me – Diana Krall
Stay The Night – Chicago
Funkytown – Lipps, Inc.
Hotel California (unplugged) – The Eagles

Photo by me, graph by Runmeter
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Monday Motorway Music™, July 7 – Music And Sun As Long As Eye And Ear Can Tell

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Yep, spent the weekend at the Roskilde Festival :)

OK, some would say I didn’t – this year, we chose the luxury (some would say old-man…) version: bought a pay ‘n’ park ticket and drove home to sleep each night. After all, we were there primarily for the music and not to party and get drunk. Not to say we didn’t sample the beer…

Nevertheless, we got 11 concerts under the belt:

  • Lykke Li
  • Rolling Stones
  • Warpaint
  • Haim
  • Damon Albarn
  • Hymns from Nineveh
  • Jenny Wilson
  • Icona Pop
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Kasabian (retrospectively, only unlucky choice – shold have gone to Mø instead)
  • Stevie Wonder

2014-07-05 23.37.41In my ears, all three headline names delivered – Stones, Arctic and Stevie Wonder. Maybe, with the music analytical ear, there’d be things to point a finger at – but this was a festival. And the music did what it had to do in that setting and did it well!

The other main line I will draw out of this year is that of a strong female artist presence. No longer just pretty faces in front of a microphone – though some of them certainly also qualify on that count (and that is to be understood solely as an honest compliment, nothing more and nothing less). No, these young women grab the guitars, wrestle the keyboards, hammer the basses and the drums and create music and emotions and magical moments galore. Warpaint, Haim, Jenny Wilson with her sister on guitar, the Icona Pop girls. A welcome addition to the diversity and equality that music is and helps creating!

By the way – and if this comes across as mysogynic or even just bad-boys-taste, apologies* – over a handful of beers in Istanbul lately, my two American colleagues and I had a lively discussion with lots of laughs. One of them launched the question as a quest and I hereby bring it on to any guys – and girls! – who want to participate: Who is the hottest chick in rock? (mind you: not pop – rock!). I still stick to my first reaction: Joan Jett. Participations welcome!

A short drive to work this Monday – summer vacation’s on, traffic is off :)

I Wanna Be Yours – Arctic Monkeys (yes, put that on to remember Saturday night!)
Bring Me Some Water – Melissa Etheridge
Gold Dust Woman – Fleetwood Mac
If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher

Photo by me
* This should be taken as no more than “Oh Dear, guys’ talk” over beers. And yes, there is so much more to girls than looks. In fact, I find intelligence more sexy than most other traits. But there’s a time and a place for all sorts of discussions – just saying… :)
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