Friday, March 12, 2010

The Summer of the Rock Show

Wow.... Where to begin. I suppose that Pearl Jam's Summer U.S. Tour announcement has to go to the top of the stack. It's been since 2003 since they've come to Kansas City. Honestly, I had kind of given up on the thought of them playing there again, for some reason. Calling this a Must-See Show should go without saying.

But then, perusing a couple of sites this evening, I stumbled across this one, and I've gotta tell moved.

Seeing these two bands on the same bill, bands that have had such an influence on me, musically, it seems almost too good to be true. I've never had the opportunity to see either band, but it MUST happen this summer. Chicago, perhaps?

August rolls around with a show that only I will appreciate, the American Carnage Tour, featuring Megadeth, Slayer, and Testament. They've got an August show in Kansas City. If Dave can stay off the needle long enough, this actually might happen. Certainly this show isn't everyone's cup o' tea, but you can't expect me to get rid of my metal roots, now, can you?

Wrap up the Summer with the love-him-or-hate-him grooves of Dave Matthews Band, playing the Quest Center in Omaha. Not fitting the "Rock Show" theme? Fair enough. Sorry, but I'll never pass up the opportunity to watch Carter Beauford do what he does behind the drum kit. If it wasn't for his incredible playing, DMB wouldn't be the success that they've been over the past 17 years, if they'd be a success at all.

It's funny....with all of these upcoming shows, it feels different now that fatherhood is here. I feel like if I don't experience these shows now, then will it ever happen again? I mean, let's face it, a few of these bands don't have a lot left in the tank as the years click off. Maiden, especially, even though they still sound as good and as tight as they did in '85, you never know when they decide to pull the plug. Same goes for Mustaine & Megadeth, although he may keep going because it's keeping him alive.

Regardless, it's shaping up to be a great summer of music. No matter what your musical tastes, there's nothing like a live show, whether it's a 50-seat club or a 25,000-seat ampitheatre. Get out & go. Your soul deserves it.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Why We Should Cook. Really Cook

For the few of you who still drop by this little page (one that could always be better), you've probably noticed that there seems to be a bit more focus towards one of my true

There, I said it. I cook.

I cook for myself, for my family, for a crowd, for stress relief, for exploring new tastes, for the joy of creating a perfect product that is the sum of its unique individual parts.

I cook because I love food, the feelings that the act of cooking gives me, the pleasure that eating food made from hands that you can see.

Noted food author & blogger Michael Ruhlman gives one of the most succinct descriptions of why he cooks, why I cook, and why you should think more about cooking, yourselves, in a TED Talk he recently gave in his hometown of Cleveland. It's not rocket science, and it doesn't have to be every day, every meal. He speaks to the history of cooking in our society, and to its role in human existence as we know it today. He also speaks to how society today looks at what their perceptions of what food actually is, and the dangerous answers we're giving.

I encourage you to check out his amazing blog/website, and a few of the other food-themed pages I've linked to over on the side here. Now go pick up a pan. Fry an egg. Roast a chicken. Make a casserole....without opening a can of Cream of God-Know's-What Soup. Just start cooking, and reap the benefits.

"I'm asking you to consider that cooking is far more important than any of us
ever realized. Don't view cooking as a luxury, or a hobby, or something
you'd do only if you had more time. Think of it as an imperative.
Don't underestimate how important the routine act of cooking can be."
--Michael Ruhlman

NOTE: The blog will probably continue with this food focus for a while, with some other ridiculous odds & ends peppered in, usually only humorous or interesting to me. Just endure it.