Archive for June, 2009

The House that Jack Built

June 7, 2009

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This interesting 1967 NFB film is a nice twist on Jack and the Beanstalk.  It’s amazing that 40+ years later people are still concerned about urban sprawl, and suburban life.  Jack yearns to be different and to find a life that isn’t the same as everyone else.  Even in wealth, Jack is merely unique but not different. His dreams, goals, and aspirations remain the same as those around him.  Perhaps we are all Jack, striving to be ourselves, while settling to be like everyone else.

Going, Going, Gone

June 4, 2009

The City of Detroit has decided to tear down what remains of Tiger Stadium at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.  This sentence may not mean anything to you, but it is profoundly important to me.  The Skydome turns 20 this week, and it was there, during the first season of play under the dome, that I fell in love with the team from the automotive city.  The first 17 years of my fandom consisted mostly of awful teams struggling to be competitive.  Regardless, I was hooked and to this day the Tigers are one of only two sports teams I care enough about to actually support (the Tiger Cats are the other).   I attended multiple games at Tiger Stadium on two separate occasions.  Both occurred during the final season before moving to Comerica Park.  I was fortunate enough to walk on the field after one of those games, and have some fantastic pictures of the field, dugouts and scoreboard. Tiger Stadium was certainly dated and run down, but it was also historical, and even a bit magical.  It represented so much of baseball’s history in the motor city.  Most of the Tiger greats played on that field (whether it was called Navin or Tiger). Although Comerica Park is very nice, and the team has been successful since moving there, it could never replace Tiger Stadium for character and memories.

It’s too bad that the current economic situation, and the recent fortunes of the City of Detroit have made saving the stadium unfeasible.  I’m sure downtown Detroit doesn’t need another vacant lot, but they can’t afford to maintain what’s left any longer.  Someday there will be no one left who remembers the highlights and lowlights of that stadium.  In my brief encounter, I found it to be the most incredible baseball park I have ever attended.  Sure it was worn down and dirty, but it also had an intimacy and charm that I’ve never experienced.  The 20 year old Skydome could never compare.  Today I say goodbye to a brief acquantince, and I am grateful I had the chance to be there before the end.

B-A-N-A-N-A

June 2, 2009

Banana CookiesI haven’t posted a recipe in a long time, and this one is an all-time favourite.  If you’ve got some aging bananas, forget the banana bread, give these cookies a whirl.  You will never go back!

Banana Chocolate Chip Softies

1 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/3 cup butter or margarine

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 ripe medium banana mashed

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.  Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in banana, egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture. Beat at low speed until well blended. Stir in chips and walnuts with mixing spoon (dough will be soft).  Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart. Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let stand on cookie sheets for 2 minutes.  Remove to wire racks, cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature. Note: these cookies do not freeze well.

Down To The River

June 1, 2009

The Colour I Remember Most

With the release of the new album mere weeks away, I wanted to give you a sneak preview of what the cover may look like. This isn’t 1005 in stone, but it is likely going to be the cover.  I took inspiration from my travels in Western Canada and my love of the Group of Seven.  The poem I grabbed the album title from is about Lawren Harris (I should know I wrote it).  This picture was created with pencil and crayola marker.  Let me know your thoughts on this piece of work.  In the coming weeks I will be previewing songs and the rest of the album art.