For some reason record company executives are under the impression that grown folks don’t buy music. When a new release is coming out I mark my calendar. So when I noticed that November 30th was the release date for several artist that make what I call “real music”, I decided to make it an event. I dubbed it, a Listening Party-good conversation, good food and yes-good music. On our CD player was El DeBarge, Ron Isley, and Chrisette Michele. We didn’t get through all of them, El DeBarge was requested twice, and then there was a request for Quincey Jones’ latest, Q Soul Bossa Nostra (released 11/9).
We relived some musical moments, discussed everything from our favorite musical divas to the most recent Soul Train Awards. The evening was reminiscent of the days when you’d sit up with your friends on a Saturday night chatting about the latest songs, your favorite artist and the latest fashions. The hits weren’t only on the CD player. One of the standouts was on the menu. We started the night with a southwestern cheesecake (think spicy, not sweet), served with salsa and chips. It turns out that the Riesling, Chateau Ste Michelle recommended by fellow blogger Wine With Toni, was popular as well.
I’m looking forward to more good music coming out soon. I see quite a few more listening parties in my future. If you decide to host one of your own, a great parting gift for guest is a music single from one of the artist featured that night. You can usually download a single for $1.29 on iTunes or Amazon, at that price providing a single for each guest is affordable.
Fruit medley with dip
Chateau ste Michelle (Riesling), Vouvray, Berlinger Merlot
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