2018: A Year In Food
In 2018, my gym coach assigned me to keep a food blog so he could track my meals. Through developing healthy eating habits to satisfy all of my nutritional needs and a rigorous exercise programme, I lost the 21 kg between January-August 2018 I'd gained on anti-depressants.
I wanted it to be somewhere more private rather than being shoved down people's throats (literally) through Instagram/WhatsApp. Hence I've posted my culinary creations here.
Being vegetarian and/or vegan always presents a challenge in terms of hitting the protein target so this was particularly the most interesting challenge for me.
I made a conscious decision to stop food blogging in 2019 (due to time restraints), but it's useful to have a year's diet documented as a reference and a source of inspiration!
Krystle Warren uses a very interesting juxtaposition of banjo, string quartet and trumpet, creating a New Orleans / West Country meets folk and blues vibe. The show has a very Bugsy Malone / Speak Easy sound with its decadent 50's style trumpet and comic, almost incidental mood. The compositions combine lilting jazz rhythms with wistful, storybook (non-musical folk, please excuse me) subdominant minor six to tonic major progressions, each song presenting short, sweet moments and situations that never linger longer than they need to - the timing is just right. The lyrics are swishy and poetic, combining lighthearted skat with pragmatic attitudes and old world charm.
Unlike a lot of contemporary music, the compositions of Krystle Warren are not overly reliant on grooving rhythm; it is the timbral combinations and lyrical explorations that are the key interest here. Krystle displays a great range of vocal styles and techniques, utilizing the voice to exploit and tease out all emotional intent. Her voice is rich and gritty, especially with the velvety low notes which are reminiscent of Nina Simone or Joan Armatrading. The backing vocals are used to great effect and enhancement, and provide a sweet counterpoint to her soulful excursions.
Rory spent the first few years of his life in an ice cave, carving out his palace of wonder. He's a bit of a love doll, but he who melts the ice shall have their reward.