Well, the panettone did NOT turn out the way I’d hoped. After 8 hours of rising and waiting, it just didn’t live up to its potential. It’s not bad, but it sure didn’t rise the way I’d hoped. It smells divine, and I followed the recipe to the letter but I expected it to be…. well, prettier! Maybe it’s the pretty box they ship them in from Italy? Or maybe it’s just that with all the labor involved it would have been nice to have more than two loaves! So here is the fruit of my labor….
Oh well, these things happen! Tonight I’m making canolli with my friend Aimee. These I KNOW I can do! Okay, have I just jinxed myself by saying that?
Holy crap! It’s another wedding post. I promise I’m going to get my mind off of wedding stuff and on to Christmas and what I’m going to be cooking and baking (cannoli and panettone!) as soon as I finish up a few wedding details.
In an effort to save a little cash, we plan on going DIY for the reception music. I’m armed with a laptop full of iTunes fun so who the heck needs a stinkin’ DJ? Right? Uh….um…. right! Long story made a bit shorter, this is harder than I thought. Mainly because I like a whole lot of different music. From Luther Vandross (can’t have a romantic reception without a little Luther) to The Clash, to George Strait, basically I’m all over the map.
As I’ve been pulling music from my library of tunes, which entails me putting it on “shuffle” and when something comes up that I like I write it down on a list, I’m noticing that it’s pretty old school. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however our various nieces and nephews (who are considerably younger) might enjoy listening to something that came out after they were born.
I love to throw a good party, so this is important. And this is where you come in. Give me your suggestions for reception music. Fast stuff, slow stuff. 70’s through today. What are your favorites? And if you want to give me a little bit of history on why it’s a personal favorite, even better!
Think of this as your good deed for Christmas. You’ll have my everlasting devotion, although you may wonder if that is that a good thing.
I’ll leave you with a little bit of Luther Vandross, just to get you started…
Or maybe you’re more of a Clash person. If so, here’s a trip down memory lane.
Okay, so I’m thinking of jumping out of my soft little blanket of security and hitting the old cabaret circuit again. Well, at least dipping my toe in the pond.
The great thing is, I’ve got nothing to lose. It’s not like when I was in my 20’s and I wanted to set the world on fire with my talent. Now I just want to find a nice little club, sing some songs, tell a couple of off color stories, and then go home to the Dude and my critters. It’s feels good. After meeting up with a dear friend yesterday (who also happened to be my drummer about a million years ago) it made me want to go out and create. I miss singing. It is one of the few gifts that God gave me, and I need to stop ignoring it.
So watch this space for further details. And perhaps you can give me suggestions on what you’d like to hear. As long as it isn’t Lady Gaga’s Poker Face!