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We have come to appreciate that the differences between our old lives in the United States and our new lives in France are defined by more than just the difference in language. The cultures are different on a fundamental level. Nothing illustrates that difference more than the pair of concerts that we attended this past weekend. They were more than concerts. They were community events. I'll start with the last one first. Eight musicians comprise Oct'Opus. Get it? Eight arms = eight musicians. Except, of course, you can see ten musicians on the stage. Picky, picky. Dec'Opus? Doesn't work. The concert took place in Quarante's Salle Polyvalente - community room. We'd been to various events there but never a concert. And this was more than a concert. It began with a mixed group of local musicians, teachers and students, playing three tunes for us on a variety of instruments - brass, woodwind, strings, and percussion...unexpected as I had looked up Oct'

THE BLEND #3 (Broadcast 29/3/2016) - PLAYLIST

The Blend #3 Broadcast 29/3/2016 Host: Ira Engineer: Wayne Allen For:   Embryonic Journey - Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow Carolina On My Mind - James Taylor - The Essential James Taylor Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - The Sky Is Crying Turn My Life Down - Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers // The Last Time I Saw Richard - Joni Mitchell - Blue Free Man in Paris - Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon - Graceland I Feel the Same - Bonnie Raitt - The Bonnie Raitt Collection // Life in the Fast Lane - Eagles - Hotel California Woman - James Gang - Greatest Hits' Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh - Look What I Did! // Chuck E.'s in Love - Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones Don't Do It - The Band - Best of The Band Goin' Down Slow - Bobby 'Blue' Bland - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection Trav'lin' Light - Billie Holiday - Billie's Blu


From France by way of New Orleans. You can buy your shrimp already cooked to save some time and effort. But if you are from New Orleans, you have very specific ideas about what to do with raw shrimp. You can even buy prepackaged remoulade at Carrefour. (You wouldn't do that, would you?) Here's Cathey's take on the entire process, guided by her favorite chefs. REMOULADE                   Makes 2 cups                                                                 Serves 10 1/2 cup celery 1/2 cup green onion 2 tbsp parsley 1 clove garlic 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tbsp paprika 2 tbsp capers, rinsed, drained, and chopped 2 tbsp horseradish 1 tbsp Dijon 1 tbsp ketchup 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp cider vinegar 1 tbsp hot sauce 1/2 tsp salt Pulse first 4 ingredients until finely chopped in food processor. Drain or dry with a paper towel. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until well combined. Chill several hours. SHRIMP BOIL 4

THE BLEND #2 (Broadcast 28/3/2016) - PLAYLIST

The Blend #2 Recorded 23/3/2016 Host: Ira Engineer: Wayne Allen For:   Beware, Brother, Beware Somebody Done Changed the Lock On MY Door BB King – Let the Good Times Roll / The Music of Louis Jordan // I Came Home This Morning Last Clean Shirt Rufus Thomas – Blues Thang // Don’t Call Us Take a Giant Step Taj Mahal – Like Never Before // Pair and a Spare Messin’ Around With the Blues Alberta Adams - Born with the Blues // The Right Tool for the Job Louisiana 1927 Marcia Ball – Let Me Play with Your Poodle // I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) Dr. Feelgood (Love is a Serious Business) Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way That I Love You // Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) Move Over Janice Joplin – Greatest Hits // I Will Not Be Denied I Ain’t Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time // Give Up the Funk –   Parliament Dazz – Brick The History of Funk,


The Blend #1 Recorded 17/3/2016 Host: Ira Engineer: Wayne Allen For: Deep Blues – Dr. John – Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack Tin Roof Blues – Pete Fountain – The Best of Dixieland Series Baby Scratch My Back – Slim Harpo – The Best of Excello Records Back Water Blues – Irma Thomas – Our New Orleans Benefit Album // Mojo Boogie – Sonny Landreth – South of I-10 Brownskin Woman – Beau Jacque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers – Classics Le Danse de Mardi Gras – Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys – Allons a Lafayette/Louisiana Cajun T’en As Eu – David Doucet - Allons a Lafayette/Louisiana Cajun // L’Ouragon – Beausoleil - Our New Orleans Benefit Album Canal Street Blues – Dr. Michael White - Our New Orleans Benefit Album Louisiana 1927 – Randy Newman and the Louisiana Philharmonic with members of the NY Philharmonic - Our New Orleans Benefit Album // St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi Snap Bean – L’il Bri