February, Taxes and the Death of Authenticity

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Is it interesting to learn of a songwriter’s back story in the creation of a particular song?  Is it disappointing when you do?

I came across a piece of paper in the rattan basket by my bed titled:

“February, Taxes and the Death of Authenticity”

In rereading, I remembered it was something I typed up at a former place of employment having returned from a three-day bereavement period after the unexpected passing of my father. You get three days to grieve and stuff according to state law. So physically, I’d punched the time clock, mentally the clock punched me. I did have the sense to fake it though…a flurry of rat-a-tap-tapping fingernail to keyboard.

“I will just write free of form and see what comes…”

And as I read through, the plot line was confirmed.  Did I really write this? I don’t remember. But it was me. And proof, the last line typed:

“Were I to be a scrapper, a street fighter, even a boy hustler for a day, perhaps I could learn how to speak, punch the words out, strike for want of taste of blood, dirt and sweat.”

The uncarved beginning to the Grimm Generation song, “Kennedy Curse”. There, clear as day. It’s a surprise to me that someone asked about the back story to that song. And I wouldn’t have even thought about it were it not for that inquiry.

I wouldn’t have retained the foggiest notion.

The last line on the white, classroom loose-leafed paper is this:

“I can’t hear. I am off balance. I feel my mortality. I am numb in my arms and hands…”

Interestingly enough, I am not disappointed.

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Reap what you Sow

80 degrees and no humidity, a few billowy clouds grace the brilliant blue sky.  It’s a perfect summer day in Hartford, and the destination is the Billings Forge Farmers Market.  The only thing better than taking in a local farmers market to load up on fresh produce and other sundries is getting the chance to entertain the crowd.  That’s what The Grimm Generation had the good fortune to do this week .  For along with area farmers, vendors and artists; local music is a part of the scene here too.  It’s a fine way to while away an afternoon and a prime destination for purchasing what’s in season.  Jason and I left with three grocery bags loaded with eggplant, pears, cantaloupe, coffee (ooh, coffee), onions, potatoes, zucchini, peppers and home made bread kindly donated by the market’s merchants.  When we returned home, I knew exactly what was for dinner.

Ratatouille (It’s not just a movie about rats)Ratatouille

  • 1 eggplant, cut into one inch pieces
  • 2 zucchini, cut into one inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup green beans, stems removed
  • 1 1/2 onions, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, cut into one inch pieces
  • 1 red pepper, cut into one inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14.5 oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • salt & pepper*
  • Parmesan cheese

*Make sure to remember to season each layer of vegetables that you saute.

  1. Let the eggplant and zucchini rest in a colander for 30 minutes to draw out excess moisture, blot dry.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute eggplant and zucchini in olive oil until golden, about 12 minutes.  Remove from pan.
  3. In same pan over medium heat, add green beans, onions, peppers and garlic and saute until softened but not brown.
  4. Return eggplant and zucchini to pan.
  5. Add can of tomatoes, bay leaf and thyme
  6. Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes
  7. Stir in basil and serve with sprinkled Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

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The Drinkers Companion Guide to Your F***ed Up Summer – Week 6 Recipes

Slow Language is a beautifully aching love song written and sung by Jason P. Krug.  In his honor, I created the Slow Language Cocktail which includes Sambuca, the alcoholic beverage of choice on the rare occasion Jason does imbibe.  The sweet anise flavored liqueur is a great compliment to the smoky and mellow components of Cafe Patron.  Drink more than one of these and I assure you, your language will become slow.

Slow Language

Slow Language

  • 2 ounces Cafe Patron Tequila
  • 1 ounce Black Sambuca
  1. Fill low ball glass with ice.
  2. Add Cafe Patron and Sambuca and stir.

Your friends will wonder what’s in this delightfully sweet, tart and tangy inebriant.  It’s up to you whether or not you want to keep it to yourself or share.

Keep It (Like A Secret Recipe) Cocktail

Keep It (Like a Secret Recipe)

  • 1 1/2 ounce Dragon Berry Bacardi Rum
  • 1 ounce Fragoli Strawberry Liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce Southern Comfort
  • splash of sour mix
  • splash of cranberry
  1. Add all ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into martini glass.

Wonder why it was The Last Record Party?  These were being served.  The cupboards were cleaned out for this cocktail.  It sounds like an odd combination but makes for a really smooth and none too sugary beverage.  The shiny, black color is pure vinyl, baby.  “Shimmy and shake!  Stutter and break!  Leave it all on the dance floor!”

The Last Record Party Cocktail

The Last Record Party Cocktail

  • 1/4 ounce Stoli vodka
  • 1/4 ounce Bacardi rum
  • 1/4 ounce Tangueray gin
  • 1/4 ounce Sauza Tequila
  • 1/4 ounce Triple sec
  • 1/4 ounce Stoli Raspberry vodka
  • 1/4 ounce Southern Comfort bourbon
  • 1/4 ounce Amaretto liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce Blue Curacao
  • 1/4 ounce Southern Comfort Peach liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
  • Splash of brandy
  • Splash of sour mix
  • Splash of cola
  1. Add all ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into martini glass

Thanks for tuning in these last few weeks.  I’ve had a lot of fun coming up with all these cocktail creations.  Hope you have enjoyed making one or two.  Now, perhaps it’s time to give up drinking for six weeks.  Hey…isn’t that a song?

Remember Folks: Drink responsibly.  Listen responsibly.

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The Drinkers Companion Guide to your F***ed Up Summer – Week 1 Recipes

Hi all!  I put myself to the task of creating some Grimm inspired cocktails and with that made a trip to the local package store (that’s “liquor store” for you non-Nutmeggers) and started browsing the selection of nip bottles to purchase and experiment with.  My eye was immediately drawn to two jewel-like bottles standing out among the rest of the nondescript wee bottles lining the shelves.  One was light blue and the other, a very light green.  Hpnotiq and Ty Ku liqueurs, the sales clerk informed me.  Hpnotiq is a blend of premium French vodka, exotic fruit juices and a touch of cognac (ooh, la, la!).  The  Ty Ku line of  Asian sake and spirits, it turns out, touts itself as being the “wiser way to drink”, 100% all-natural and free of gluten, sulfites and tannins.  Best of all, naturally low in calories. Yay!

My first three drinks incorporate one or the other.  Here are the results:

Have you had a “bad couple of weeks”?  This clean and simple drink is exactly what you need to let it all “slide, slide, slide” away:

The Forward Ho

The Forward Ho (giggle)

  • 2 ounces Ty Ku Liqueur
  • 6 ounces sparkling water
  • Lime wedge
  1. Fill high ball glass with ice.
  2. Add liqueur and sparkling water.
  3. Stir and garnish with lime.

Next up is the signature shot of The Grimm Generation; layered and rich, with many dimensions of flavor:

The Blue Eyed & Black Hearted Shooter

Blue Eyed & Black Hearted Shooter

  • ½ ounce blue curacao
  • ½ ounce Hypnotic Liqueur
  • ½ ounce Jaegermeister
  1. Add the blue curacao and Hpnotic liqueur to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a shot glass.
  3. Pour the Jaegermeister over the back of a spoon atop the blue mixture to create a second layer.

It wasn’t the heat.  It was the humidity that inspired this next concoction.  I opened up the fridge and peered in.  The watermelon made my mouth water, it looked so refreshing.  I grabbed it and remembered that I had a nip bottle of Hpnotiq in my freezer.  Well…why wouldn’t I?  Sublime.

Well, Why Wouldn't You? Watermelon Delight

Well, Why Wouldn’t You? Watermelon Delight

  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  • 1-2 ounces Hypnotic Liqueur
  • 2 mint leaves, finely chopped
  1. Place watermelon in a dessert cup.
  2. Pour chilled liqueur over watermelon.
  3. Garnish with mint.

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