December 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019 2:01 PM

Union 32

We went to the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum) to see a local group the end of November.

Paradise Valley Community College faculty members join to form Union32, performing jazz renditions of Rolling Stones classics.

The legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama is the birthplace of the Rolling Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Drawn there by the power of the R&B records that were flowing out of that studio, the band ultimately would craft a wide-ranging collection of tunes, from the country-inspired “Wild Horses” to the gut punch that is “Brown Sugar.” Union32’s look at this iconic album visits every tune, painting with broader brushes—more introspective and concerned with ambience than the original’s backroom brawling style.

Then in December, we went to see Dave Koz and Friends at the Mesa Arts Center - his 22nd Christmas Tour.  This year included Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester (who still can belt out a song), Michael Lington, and Chris Walker.  As always it was a wonderful show.   We don’t really have good pictures because we were WAAAAY up in the balcony, as this shot of his opening shows.   But we’ve been seeing his Christmas shows for the past 10 years, so it wasn’t exactly “new” for us, rather a comfortable Christmas tradition.   

Some other traditions we did this November-December, was going to the Sugar Bowl in Scottsdale with Toni and Dave.     

I had the Top Hat sundae with Hot Carmel Topping and Coffee Ice Cream, Toni had the Top Hat with half Hot Fudge and Halft Hot Carmel with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Dave W had the super duper banana split and Dave had a Tin Roof Sundae (after his ‘tea sandwiches’ because it was lunchtime). 

And for Christmas, we drove over to spend it with Megan and Kenneth - didn’t fly becaue we have a lot of ‘stuff’ to bring Megan, especially pictures from Grandma for her.    

Megan had a new place to take us for breakfast, Townhouse Brunch in Colleyville, nice decorum and an interesting breakfast menu.

Megan and Kenneth made Christmas dinner and I made Grandma’s Lemon Dressing for the fruit salad:

Hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday Season and looking forward to  the New Year.