“Of course it’s also a lot easier to slap a health claim on a box of sugary cereal than on a potato
or carrot, with the perverse result that the most healthful foods in the supermarket sit there
quietly in the produce section, silent as stroke victims, while a few aisles over, the Cocoa Puffs
and Lucky Charms are screaming about their newfound whole-grain goodness.”
What a day! Woke up this morning to have a look at my Joanna Newsom concert tickets to see what time the concert is, and behold, it was yesterday! D’Oh. I had bought tickets for the 26th and its the 27th!!!! IDIOT! I called Ticketek. Tickets are sold out, but there was a kiosk in Martin Place that sold tickets for the Sydney Festival concert. So I took the car and drove down, only to find that even the extra tickets were out. I called moshtix, office closed. I went to Fish Records only to be told once more that the tickets are sold out.
But luckily idiocy is sometimes paired with stubbornness. Elaine and I went down to try to beg someone to give us tickets. The kiosk was closed so we went to The Famous Spiegeltent to see if there is anyone at the box office. Got there at 4:30 but they were due to open at 6:30. Two people were waiting for Joanna Newsom tickets too. So we waited and waited and finally, at 6:00, the box office opened, and guess what? EXTRA TICKETS ARE ON SALE!!! woohooo!! Quickly bought two tickets and stood in the queue to get in.
As we were waiting, Joanna passed by to enter the tent. What a beautiful young girl. She had an ethereal lightness that could only by described by Tolkien. She soon went into The Famous Spiegeltent. As we were waiting the sound check started. I was so happy when i heard the tune of “Sprout and the Bean” streaming out.
We were 4th in line in a queue of 350!!! So we had any seat to choose from. Obviously we went to the front row, 4th seat right of center. Joanna would be sitting right in front of us! Man was that lucky! I would have paid twice for the ticket to be sitting there. Her harp was waiting on stage, so we sneakily took a photo of it . It was a beautiful wooden harp, light in colour and engraved with simple designs.
Now to move on to the real topic. Joanna Newsom LIVE. She walked onto the stage with a glass of red wine, smiling and wearing a cute and relaxed red dress. She seemed to be very shy and quiet. She didnt talk too much during her performance, except for mentioning that she had had too much champagne when she was on a boat they day before watching the Australia Day festivities. The room thundered with clapping. It seemed that the room was full of fans, but every single one of them seemed to be different from the next. People of all ages and looks were getting ready to be amazed! And they were amazed!
The songs were in this order if i remember correctly:
So hey, she sang every single song i badly wanted to hear. She might have read my blog
My God what a night!!! Her voice live was even more touching and encompassing than in her albums. I wish I had recorded that concert! The way she grabbed that harp that resonated so close to her body made it sound like the music was coming out of her. I can’t get over it! I think this was the best concert Elaine and I have been to! (Followed closely by Roger Waters)
When she walked out, the tent kept on clapping and stomping their feet for around 5 minutes, hoping for her to come back for an encore. Nothing would have stopped them, except the stupid announcer saying that that was all they had for us… I’m not sure why she didnt come back out for an encore. It was either that she was too tired, or because the second act was behind time and she could not have fit in another song. In any case, I am still aching for an encore.
Next time she comes, I’m going to every single concert she is performing.
I don’t have enough time to critique “Ys”, the new album by Joanna Newsom. I don’t even know if i am even able to. It is very humbling to see such a beautiful young talent making her way along life. I have recently found myself constantly listening with Track 1 – Emily. (lyrics here: http://www.alwaysontherun.net/joanna.htm#Emily
Joanna’s words are simply heart warming. Her songs envelope you in a world far from here, invoking a natural organic existence and a layer of visible love. Her music is beautiful and her voice which at is at first odd, becomes more endearing every time you hear it. But really to me, it’s her lyrics that top it off.
The first Joanna song I heard was The Book of Right On. Such a great song. The lyrics are very light and the flow of the words is so creative, rich with beautiful alliteration and internal rhyme.
Do you want to sit at my table?
My fighting fame is fabled
And fortune finds me fit and able
Very cool! It goes on like this:
And even when you run through my mind
Something else is infront; you’re behind
And I don’t have to remind you to stick with your kind
Saturday Elaine and I went to watch a movie at Hoyts and they had this Melbourne add playing to “Sprout and the Bean”. I remember watching this Metallica documentary talking about when Metallica went mainstream, the kids who were listening to Metallica in the underground were gutted when their little sisters were running around shouting “Sad but True!!!!!”. Well, I couldnt help but feel the same when i heard Joanna. I don’t think though it is because it went mainstream, but more because was not really appropriate for the ad, and because they had edited out the gutsy chorus which is the best part!!! Argh!
Anyway, I’m very excited because Elaine and I are going to see her on the 27th of January. I’m hoping she would sing all of Ys plus a minimum
-The book of right on
-The Sprout and the Bean
It’s going to be good!
INGREDIENTS* 800g of pink snapper fillet (or blue eye cod)* 4 dessertspoons white truffle oil* 1kg puff pastrySoubaise sauce* 1.2kg sliced onions* 1 tspn olive oil* 400ml fish stock (homemade is best)* 800ml cream* 300g diced onion
WHAT TO DO Soubise sauce: Sweat onions with olive oil and a little salt. Cook until the onions take on a very light brown colour, cool, then add fish stock and reduce by half. Add cream, and recude by half or until a thick cream consistency is reached. Remove from heat. To cook: In a separate pan, sweat the diced onion in a little olive oil. Meanwhile, blend the onion cream mixture, then add the cooked diced onion and adjust the seasoning. To assemble, roll pastry 1/2cm thick and cut into four ovals which are 3cm wider than the pie dishes. In each pie dish, spoon about two tablespoons of soubise sauce. Lay 200g of snapper on the sauce, cover with another tablespoon of sauce and a dessertspoon of truffle oil, then lay puff pastry lid and press down the sides. Make cool shapes and designs on the top of the pie with the left over pastry. Glaze with egg wash. Cook pies for 25 minutes at 260C. Rest for a few minutes before serving. Serve with mashed potatoes and smoked tomatoes. Serves 8.
This recipe was lost to me for a while. It used to come on top of google for lemon curd, but now it has been replaced by less pure recipes. Bastards! I tasted this for the first time from Simon Johnson’s in Pyrmont, from HRH duchy original organic line of excellent stuff! The internet provided an excellent recipe for it…. aghhhh… Lemon Curd. So goooood…
Luckily, though the recipe was lost, I was able to find it again, and here it will stay forever in my blog.
Mrs Munslow’s Lemon curd ©
The Munslow family of Hallow, Worcestershire.
My mum’s lemon curd (makes 1 pound)