Music: Too many to list! I'm eclectric. I love the composers of the first half of the 20th century: Bartok, Ives, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Messiaen, Satie...and I go out of my way to hear the titans of jazz before they're all gone (some of these have since departed, of course): Rollins, Mingus, Davis, Hines, Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Betty Carter, Chico Hamilton, Lonnie Smith, Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, love Monk and Coltrane, of course..my rock and roll heart always goes to the guitar, and Pat Metheny, George Benson, and Robben Ford have the best chops of folks alive today. I'm an avid fan of the Hot Club of San Francisco, and what Pazzo does with his guitar stylings...but my live music shows of the recent past have included Sleater-Kinney, Soundgarden, Gilberto Gil, Sibelius Symphony No. 2, The Posies, Jeff Beck, Keith Jarrett, the Seattle Symphony (Ives No. 4!), Blue Oyster Cult, U2, Milton Nascimento, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, LeRoy Bell, Star Anna, Nick Lowe, Dorado Schmitt, Trombone Shorty, Boris, Wagons, and Mattisyahu (um, need someone to come with me...). I'm tellin' the truth about my age, here, ya see, so you know that living in the Bay Area in the 60's, I got a serious taste of some beautiful music, and roots do go to the Dead, Airplane, Quicksilver, Santana, Hot Tuna, Joy of Cooking, Cold Blood, The Youngbloods, Sons of Champlin, Tower of Power, New Riders, Joan Baez, Country Joe, Steve Miller, Janis, Moby Grape, and all the great acts that came through the Fillmore and Winterland. Saw all of the above except the Grape and Janis.
More to come on movies and food...but I like anyting Paul Thomas Anderson does, I'm a shameful sucker for the superhero stuff (the apes were great in Planet of the Apes, the humans ok), and I do like the hot dogs sold across the street from Neumo's, but Toronto, for whatever reason, has the best street hot dogs. I like to take advantage of the various 'restaurant weeks' around town, and cultivate some favorites (um, need someone to come with me...). My cooking has great potential!