I inadvertently began this journal on Nicole’s and my 28th wedding anniversary. Halfway to 100, at which point I expect to still be commentin’, I arrive at the 30th anniversary of our goin’ steady. We’d been very good friends for a couple weeks, I was licking my wounds from having been officiously dumped, and I hollered at her one day about going to show with me (the Coctails, Murphy’s, Sprangfield, MO). She’d really been fun and funny, which was helping me heal, and she had stellar taste in music and books, so I stopped by Record Center to say hi to ol’ Mark Vaugine and buy her a present in gratitude (a cassette of Rosetta Tharpe’s Decca label Gospel Train, Volume 1). We met at the show, that band was lively, she loved the gift, we were laughing our butts off–and I just stopped at one point and asked her, “Are we going out?” Her answer: “I guess so!” You know the rest. I hope we have 30 more in the tank!
The 1st Cloister Commentary Succor and Sustenance Awards (links in comments):
Best Anti-COVID-Blues Album: Carmen McRae, The Great American Songbook
Best Anti-COVID-Blues Movie: Duck Soup (“Hail, Hail, Freedonia” indeed….)
Best Anti-COVID-Blues Show: What We Do in The Shadows (I have a crush on Nadja–sorry, Nicole!)
Best Anti-COVID-Blues Book (three-way tie): Élmer Mendoza, The Acid Test; Fernanda Melchor, Hurricane Season; Martin Duberman, Stonewall
Best Anti-COVID-Blues Curbside Grub: Beet Box
Best Anti-COVID-Blues TV Journalist: Don Lemon (nailed it, dude)
Next edition in 50 days. Have a great weekend if weekends still have definition for you!
Streaming for Shut-Ins:
This isn’t exactly the recording I mentioned above, but it will well and truly suffice. I know Bob Bilyeu will agree!
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