“There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
- Thorin's final words to Bilbo, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
It's been a nice year at The Squid. I don't have much tinkering in mind for Year 10, apart from digging deeper into the topics I'm already exploring. Perhaps in so doing, I can do my part to help inspire a merrier world.
I'll definitely be continuing with the cocktails, furthering my own education in mixology and sharing what I learn. I have a couple of non-fiction books about cocktails on my TBR shelves and some interesting looking recipe books on the wish list, including one for mocktails. Our daughter's delicious non-alcoholic mixed drinks were a central theme of our Europe trip this summer and it would be fun to make more of our own. I also need to be better at ordering cocktails when we're out. I tend to be a beer man at restaurants, cold draft brew being so wonderfully refreshing. But recently we were at Kitchen Table Bistro and I wanted a vodka martini instead with my oysters. I didn't even understand all of the questions the bartender asked me about my preferences. Thank goodness, my wife was on hand to translate. Guess I need to learn the lingo while seeking out the best Manhattan in northwest Vermont.
As A Window Above enters Season 2, I am looking to bring a little more diversity to the mix. I've gone pretty heavy with the classic rock and soul so far. I genuinely love both, of course, but there's a lot more interesting music out there and I'm eager to write about it.
Want to hear all of the songs I've featured in a convenient playlist? Enjoy:
Finally, a little musical treat to kick off the new year: