The one man I can face at 7:15 in the morning plays jazz-funk guitar.
He’s the bus driver on what I consider to be the “early” bus, but if you can’t sneak up on a guitar-funk album with a double-entendre or two, what’s the joy in living? (You wonder why I’m not that into American Idol-style rags-to-riches stories? Because hardworking aspiring musicians can be found right in your hometown. Appreciate ‘em.)
Meet Sneed Leed, the project of Charles Sneed. I was originally going to write about Not What It Appears, since I have the CD right here, and the only reason I hadn’t written about it three weeks ago was a severe lack of being in the mood to cook. Never hesitate, never delay: while I was dithering, Sneed Leed released a new album, My Hummingbird Hums So Loud (buy at iTunes), which I think now qualifies as the higher priority. The overall sound is guitar-oriented R&B/funk with psychedelic influences.
Culinary inspiration hit in the baking aisle of Target when I discovered Nestle morsels had hopped on the dark-chocolate bandwagon. I can’t stand semi-sweet chocolate chips, but dark chocolate… now there’s something to experiment with. My recipe is loosely based on the famous Washington Post salted oatmeal cookie recipe (though at this point, it’s more a tribute than a cover).
Both the album and the cookies are excellent distractions for a slow Sunday morning, not least because you can then have cookies for brunch. Find yourself a couple sticks of butter — no that is not a double-entendre! — and let’s get down with what’s up here.