Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Read.Eat.Listen: Feeding the Muse

It's been cold or raining or both this past week in California and I really have just wanted to read and eat and yes, listen. Fortunately, there's no loss of material. Mostly, though, I've been on another Bettye Lavette bender since hearing her rendition of "Dirty Old Town" on the radio and discovering she had a book out, too
Read:  At the same time she released the new album, "Thankful N' Thoughtful," Lavette also published her memoir "A Woman Like Me" this year. Sassy, ribald and rollicking, it covers her 50+ years living big ups and downs of music.
Eat: Smoothies have been replaced by warm rice bowls. Mine usually involves kimchi and avocado, tofu or eggs. Here's an especially inspired Vegan Macro Meal by The Lunchbox Bunch that adds tempeh and mushrooms to the proceedings.
Listen: Who doesn't want to project as much cool and emotion in a songs as Bettye Lavette when they grow up? Her latest collection  is full of her reinterpretations of tunes by the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Neil Young. She takes the song to an entirely new depth,  dripping wisdom and soul. Phew. 

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