Archive | June, 2017

Weekly Vinyl – Bavarian Yodelling

30 Jun

Bavarian Yodeling Songs and Polkas
Artist: Bavarian Yodellers?
(1975)

This is a rather new addition to my collection. I found it at the Salvation Army store and had to buy it.
The groans and eye rolls that I received at home when I showed my newest purchased were quite expected. When I cranked it on the turntable … well it cleared the room.
This is such a fun album.
It is jaunty.

It has accordion.
It has yodelling.

The yodelling is very much in keeping with the yodelling song from The Sound of Music. Some of the songs are slower in tempo. They are love songs I assume and some feature yodelling duets.
True love I gather.
The liner notes are about live in Bavaria and gives no clue as to who is on the album, what the songs are about, nor who performs them.
These are but a few questions this album raises. The main one is why did they misspell Yodelling with one l?

Weekly Wine – Blanco Gato Negro

28 Jun

Gato Negro Sauvignon Blanc
2016
Chile
750ml
12% ABV
$7.95 (LCBO)

OK.
This is wine ok.
It is not remarkable, because the first sip did not sparkle or fill me with wonder.
But it was a hot day and the wine was well chilled.
So it went down nicely.
But well chilled passable white wine on a war evening is always good.
And this wine is just that – passable.
Not bad – not great.
I would buy this wine again if I was stuck for a choice but the Gato Negro brand gives me the willies.
I’ve seen it on sale in Poland, I’ve seen it in Ukraine, I’ve seen it in the US. I’ve seen it in Canada. I’ve seen it in Norway and Sweden. In Germany. Even in France.
Is this the Budweiser of wine?
How can one winery in Chili sell wine everywhere I go?
It is fantastic – that they have this reach – with wine that is OK.
It is ok when grilling out in the back.
It is ok for a picnic.
It is ok – unremarkable – but ok.

Scraps and widgets

26 Jun

I’ve written many scraps and am selling stuff on Kijiji and Craigslist.
Compiling the scraps to have prose is going slowly.
Like the sales of the stuff I don’t want anymore.

Nordic street

25 Jun

I loved walking around in stolkholm.
Every street was intersting.
This one was one of many.

Weekly Vinyl – Barry White

23 Jun

The Best of Barry White
Barry White
(1977)

Wow!!!
K-Tel presents the best of Barry White.
You get all the hits.
20.
Count them … Twenty of Barry’s greatest hits. You can listen to them in the privacy of your recreation room with friends and loved ones.
What could be better?
Perhaps only an album titled the Very Best of Barry White.
But I don’t have that one. I just have this one.
I’ll settle for these 20 and slow groove to the funky beat, the heavy orchestration, and the golden bass-baritone voice that just drips with passion and love.
This is the 70s in a nutshell.
And it is a K-Tel record. I think this is my only one. K-Tel was a company that did hard sell commercials touting compilation albums. I have no idea what they are up to now.
But this album is so 1970s it hurts. Barry White was brilliant. 40 years ago I probably dismissed him as I was into prog-rock, punk and all that. But now I can listen to this syrypy smooth music and groove.

Weekly Wine – Spinelli

21 Jun

Spinelli Quartana Chardonnay Terre di Chieti
2016
Italy
750ml
12% ABV
$7.90 (LCBO)

I was expecting this wine to be a little sweet. A little fruity. A little lively.
I was also ready to be disappointed.
However…

I did not get fruity, lively or sweet when I first sipped this.
I was met with a sharp acidic taste that was masking some sort of weak fruit flavour. The wine wasn’t bad. It is sharp and crisp. A little sour but not too bad – good for the hot weather in fact.
I have to admit that these first sips were when the wine was stone cold. Colder than it should ever be. It’s not like there were chunks of ice floating in the wine but it was quite cold. That is why I could not taste the pear or the peach.
As the wine gets to a more reasonable temperature it does become better. The fruits come out and the acidity is diminished. There is a balance here.
A nice wine actually.

Cleaning

19 Jun

Most writers are a little messy. They have lots of material around them to draw “inspiration” and to distract them from the work at hand.
When writer’s block hits – some writer’s start to clean and purge.
I’m in my garage now doing just that.

Toronto Air

18 Jun

I’m not sure if this was coming in or going out of Toronto.
Still.
The picture came out OK.

Weekly Vinyl – Singing Nun

16 Jun

The Singing Nun
Soeur Sourire
(1963)

When I think of singing nuns I think of Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music and that insipid song Dominique (-anique -anique). That’s the song that leads off the album.
The rest of the album is rather quiet and staid. Gentle French fol tunes waft from the speakers and through the air. It is quite a nice album after all.
The production of this album’s packaging is fantastic. It has a brilliantly illustrated 12 page book that tells the story of Soeur Sourire as she goes from Brussels to a convent with her guitar called Adele.
Where to start with these titbits.
I always thought that song Dominique-anique-anique was a French song. It’s Belgian. Like French Fries and TinTin. Who knew?
And her guitar called Adele … does Adele know that?
I searched the story of Soeur Sourire and it is actually quite a tragic tale. But that is for a different time.
This album is nice. It is in great shape and I’m glad I have it in my collection.

Weekly Wine – Bad Grigio

14 Jun

Fantini Farnese Pinot Grigio
2015
Italy
750ml
12% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

I have written that most Pinot Grigio wines in this price category are OK at worst.
A very few are great but most are very average.
I have thought, and probably written, that it is hard to make a bad Pinot Grigio.

And then I bought this bottle,
Truth be told I had been sampling better wines and exotic liquors from less trodden parts of Europe earlier in the evening.
But.
This wine is sour. At first and subsequent taste.
This wine is not very pleasant.
This wine could be a whole lot better.
Once the first shock of taste had passed and I settled into this wine  – my opinion had not changed.
This is the first Pinot Grigio that I do not like.
What does this bottle win? . . .  A badge of dishonour although the label sports two medals from Vienna and Lyon attesting to its quality.
Perhaps I got a bad bottle – but that has never happened to me at the LCBO – si I have to go with what I have.
Bad Pinot Grigio.