jeudi mélange

I am very excited that one of the books I reviewed in 2012 has been nominated for an Edgar for Best Paperback Original! The book is Whiplash River by Lou Berney, and you can find my review HERE.
Can I just say how much I appreciate Gotye? Ok, so I just did. I saw him in concert this past year and was mega-impressed with him, his drumming, his vocals, his videos, his band, Kimbra (who was touring with him), and just everything. I can’t wait for what’s next.
Following is a commission done by my art workshop teacher, Cynthia Chartièr:
Winning Spirits of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Cynthia Chartièr, 2012,
Mixed media/acrylic on canvas, 48 in x 60 in x 2.5 in
Recycled Photographs is a new, local Dallas area band that I cannot wait to see on Friday, February 8th, from 8:30 to 10 pm at the All Good Cafe in Deep Ellum. They also have a website and a Facebook page.
–Dallas/Ft. Worth up and coming band Recycled Photographs
New word: slough (pronounced “slew”). What is it? From Wikipedia:

Slough is a term in hydrology that refers to:

  • Slough, a stream distributary or anabranch, or in some cases, a regular stream.

More localized meanings of slough are:

  • a muddy marsh in the British Isles.
  • a swamp or shallow lake system with trees (Eastern and South Eastern United States).
  • a secondary channel of a river delta, without trees (Pacific coast of North America).
  • a pond, often alkaline, often a glacieal “pothole” (prairies of North America).
–Rhett Butler and Adam Rafferty

My favorite guitarist, Rhett Butler, will be playing with fellow fingerstyle guitarist, Adam Rafferty, at McDavid Studio at Bass Hall in Fort Worth on Friday, January 25th. If you haven’t heard Rhett yet, you are missing out. I have had the pleasure of hearing him play numerous times by himself and with his band and with some of his own guitar heroes including Billy McLaughlin and Pierre Bensusan, and twice with accordionmeister Joel Guzman. The Rhett Butler Group is working on new music, too!

Finally, I am so happy that just in the past few weeks daylight hours have already increased by almost half an hour! I am so ready for longer days and warmer weather. Happy Thursday!!