It’s been cold or raining or both for most of December in California and I really have just wanted to read and eat and yes, listen.
Fortunately, there’s no loss of material. Mostly, though, I’ve been on another Bettye Lavette bender since hearing her rendition of “Dirty Old Town” on the radio and discovering she had a book out, too
Read: At the same time she released the new album, “Thankful N’ Thoughtful,” Lavette also published her memoir “A Woman Like Me” this year. Sassy, ribald and rollicking, it covers her 50+ years living big ups and downs of music.
Eat: Smoothies have been replaced by warm rice bowls. Mine usually involves kimchi and avocado, tofu or eggs.
Listen: Who doesn’t want to project as much cool and emotion in a song as Bettye Lavette when they grow up? Her latest collection is full of her reinterpretations of tunes by the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Neil Young. She takes the song to an entirely new depth, dripping wisdom and soul. Phew.