Monday, July 10, 2006

Festivalia on the Island

Just back from a weekend sitting on the cold hard ground, alternately sheltering beneath waterproofs or burning under a too-hot sun, having my eardrums blasted by massive speakers, my sensibilities overwhelmed by fried foods, cold drinks and new music. Yes, it's festival time again. I was drawn to hear our local wonder Eugene Smith, poetical blues guy Paul Reddick and the always interesting Steve Earle, but a couple of new (to me) standouts this year included a ten-man Mexican reggae epiphany, Los Rastrillos, and Jon Voigt's musical brother Chip Taylor (songwriter of Wild Thing and Angel of the Morning) with fiddlin' singer Carrie Rodriguez. Favourite festival food was cheese and potato taquitos from Tita's - served with Oliva's salsa (smooth and dangerous: tomatillos, avocado, sour cream, jalapenos).


Eugene Smith


Chip 'n Carrie


Los Rastrillos

Prior to departure I had to say a sad farewell to my fluffy lodger Boris who has gone back to hang out with his fellow furbies at Animals for Life, dreaming no doubt of the pleasures he found in Anton's dog dish (and Anton well pleased to be rid of him). With his charming white socks and endless frisk I'm sure he'll be among the first to find a new home.


3 Comments:

Anonymous Kathleen said...

Boris rocks, Rhona. The story goes;Chip Taylor gave up a life long gambling habit, after making a promise to his mother on her death bed, when he said goodbye to casinos and the track,his muse returned and he got back into music. Sadly, I'm a sucker for Chip and Steve Earle, and their country and western stories. But given a choice, would rather live with Boris!

8:50 PM  
Blogger Rhona McAdam said...

Thanks Kathleen: Chip did mention a gambling addiction (hey, is that how he got his name??) but didn't tell the full story.
Steve Earle was there with wife number six or is it seven, Allison Moorer, who has a great voice but I really didn't like her cd (which Steve produced). They looked very happy although an odd pair: she looked a hundredfold more wholesome than she did last year, if that's possible, while Steve...
Yeah, I'd rather live with Boris too.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Brenda Schmidt said...

Boris is adorable!

1:21 PM  

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