July 14th, 2006

Bluesfest Stuff

Morning, folks. :)

Got in to work this morning, and realised I'd meant to post to journal entry last night, but came in very late from the Ottawa Bluesfest. Last night's performances spotlighted some of the truly superb music, as I watched a magnificent show by John Lee Hooker Jr., followed by Jully Black, and then the legendary Etta James. Mind you, the heat (it was 29oC last night with relatively high humidity) got to me a bit last night; being diabetic has its *real* disadvantages in summer...but hey, it was Bluesfest! :)

The first performance by John Lee Hooker Jr. was simply marvellous. He started by warning the audience that those in the front rows might be spattered with grease, as "You see, we gonna be doing a whole lot of cooking up here tonight." He really lived up to his reputation as a sizzling showman, for sure, and has the looks, the moves, and the style of a born entertainer. And his music was just wonderful and bluesy.

He was followed on-stage by Jully Black, a Toronto R&B singer. She did her thing with a band consisting of two back-up singers and a keyboardist, instead of a horn-laden line-up. I hadn't heard a lot of her stuff before, but got to say that she's a strong vocalist and I very much enjoyed her set. One of her pieces was a track called "I Know", which I could swear I've heard on radio or some such. Mind Like A Sieve(MLAS (tm)) strikes again.

And then there was Etta James, the legendary singer who showed up with a a slimmed-down look, a rejuvenated stage show, and celebrated an incredible five decades as a recording artist. What can I say about her show? She performed raunchy versions of Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" and "Take Me to the River", and performed her signature songs like "Tell Mama" and "At Last". Simply a group of three great shows to watch. Even in the heat.

Needless to say, I got home very late last night. Am still somewhat tired, but quite bouncy. Won't be going to the final three days of Bluesfest, more's the pity, but got a few other things to do this weekend, so am looking forward to that (but no grocery shopping - did that on Wednesday!).

All in all, I gotta say that I enjoyed my experience(s) at Bluesfest this year, as the festival got back to its roots and all. Great music, met a few interesting people, had a good time. Oh, yeah, didn't drink any alcohol; too hot for it, even if I had wanted to or been able to. Besides, alcohol just muddies the blues, but everyone knows that, right? :)

Slow Morning? Take a Quiz...

Slow morning, folks, so I got a bit of time to take another quiz...

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Last Kiss:3 days ago
Last Good Cry:A week ago
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Last Book Read:_Iron Sunrise_ by Charles Stross
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Of Work and Play

Got in from work about twenty minutes ago, and am now sitting at the keyboard with a nice, steaming cup of hot tea.

Yes, work. I am employed again.

I haven't said all that much about it this week, but I have a job as a translator for the Federal Government here in Canada. That's all I can really say about what I do. Suffice it to say, this first week has been really interesting, and it seems that I'm going to be doing some fascinating, challenging work in this new job. At times, the week's work was boring, at times it was extremely challenging, but it's nice to be part of the workforce again, to be honest, and I'm looking forward to the weeks ahead as I settle into some sort of daily routine (if such a job can have routine to it, I don't know yet). Started bagging my own lunch for the day, since the food where I'm working is quite rich, and I *am* trying to continue dieting, even if it doesn't seem that way at times.

Got my Friday night rpg group coming over tonight, so have to clean up a bit of the house, get supper going on the stove, and take care of some preparation for the game tonight. I'm running the TÉKUMEL: EMPIRE OF THE PETAL THRONE roleplaying game based in the world of Tékumel created by M.A.R. Barker, and it's a challenging world to run a game in. Looking forward to this.