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About Kevin L Nichols

Kevin currently resides in South Minneapolis Nokomis nieghborhood, after living in Northeast Minneapolis for 18 years. For the last 4 years he has and is a federal employee. For many years Kevin was the executive chef at the historic Gale Mansion located in Minneapolis Minnesota, USA.

Long Work Week followed by two days off

The nice thing about a rotating schedule is sometimes you get a three day weekend, and the bad thing is it gets followed by a 6 day week.  Otherwise the other 4 weeks 2 days off and 5 work days.  That 6 day stretch is a grind, especially during our busy season.  Right now with the weather so easy and the commute so fast it’s really the best it can be.

Rain rain take a break.

So I am experimenting with beef kidney and tofu today while we prepare for a vegetarian memorial gathering of souls for an outdoor social distanced Memorial Day visitation in our back yard. The beef Kidney is for my own fun, and right about now it is braising in broth and smells, interesting. Our guests are vegetarians so first I am prepping for a chopped Italian Salad, and then a farro roast pepper feta cheese salade.  It’s a bit tricky to do a proper covid social situation and we learned the basics.

We continue to explore slow roast dry rubbed ribs.

So I’m working on a Podcast that is proving to be quite the challenge.  I’ll keep you posted.

I watched part 1 of a film called No Direction Home, a documentary of career of Bob Dylan including Bob as well others supplying storytelling, all sorts of film of live performance and offstage, Still shots.  Have to admit I’m fascinated with this interesting out of control ego maniac.  I’ve known a few in my time and some times the bright burning candle is snuffed out early, but Bob just keeps giving it up like it is with little filters and seems to be fine.

Listening to; The End of The World by Reid Anderson, Dave King and Craig Taborn, Circling by Donny McCaslin and Rachel Eckroth, Teek by Kaki King, Dreamsville by Quincy Jones (his take on this Mancini Gem),  3 for L by Jeff Parker, Stare by Prince, La Mer Claude Debussey by Orchestra of De Lyon, Evening Snow by Oatmello,  Querido Alguien by Lila Downs, Murder Most Foul by Bob Dylan, The Hanging Man by Swans, Life of Joan by Steve Tibbets, I Dance Like This by David Byrne (Live), Malika (remix) McCoy Tyner, Cerisiers Roses Et Pommiers Blancs by Manu Dibango and Cuarteto Patria, The Clover Saloon by Connie Converse, The Kids Aint Alright by Enemy Radio, Modern Trolls by Mogwai, Deep Water by Brad Mehldau,

Picture at Lake Hiawatha includes Remo bomb.

Long Weekend

So we have been taking lovely walks around Hiawatha Lake and even squeezed in the quickest picnic (was a bit chilly). Put a couple of trees on our property, other annuals and perennials.

Today we will prepare a beef heart.  I have never cooked one and figured it was high time, plus it was easily one of the cheapest options.  Happy to say that while it’s texture is a bit chewy, and taste a slight game, it’s not so bad at all and again the price is great.  Going to make it a regular, especially great on salads.

Our streaming has included After Life series and Extras series.  I finished watching The Death of Stalin.  So many films and series to watch, more than I ever knew existed.  Tonight we watched I Am Not Your Negro, a 2017 release based on an unfinished novel by James Baldwin.  We also watched Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen.

Listening to;  State of Mind by ELO,  Dinorah Dinorah by George Benson,  Mal de Mer by Pixies,  Rivers Wanted by Mogwai,  Wesley’s Theory Kendrick Lamar,  The Hum by Bedouine,  X’s Face by Prince, The Prophet is a Fool by Brad Mehldau, Future Love by Ride and reimagined by Petr Aleksander.

Photo of Lake Hiawatha.

Long Weekend

So we have been taking lovely walks around Hiawatha Lake and even snuck in the quickest picnic (was a bit chilly). Put a couple of trees on our property, other annuals and perennials.  It would be nice if things would produce themselves but ones must continue to forge.

Today we will prepare a beef heart.  I have never cooked one and figured it was high time, plus it was easily one of the cheapest options.  Happy to say that while it’s texture is a bit chewy, and taste a slight game, it’s not so bad at all and again the price is great.  Going to make it a regular.

Our streaming has included After Life series and Extras series.  I finished watching The Death of Stalin.  So many films and series to watch, more than I ever knew existed.  Tonight we watched I Am Not Your Negro, a 2017 release based on an unfinished novel by James Baldwin.

Listening to;  State of Mind by ELO,  Dinorah Dinorah by George Benson,  Mal de Mer by Pixies,  Rivers Wanted by Mogwai,  Wesley’s Theory Kendrick Lamar,  The Hum by Bedouine,  X’s Face by Prince, The Prophet is a Fool by Brad Mehldau, Future Love by Ride (reimagined by Petr Aleksander).

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Working During Lockdown

I’m sharing a Quarantine guitar recital that my friend Tim Sparks shared via Dropbox. He is from North Carolina and now resides in Minnesota.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mjh5ykysh54q6fk/Quarantine%20Online%20Guitar%20Recital.mp4?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR3cbUXVQI3mu-LNDnAwbEmJtRbt-f2cNgjM-RgiL8YF5B26lsSu0VzSsN0

And Tim also shares this arrangement of Imagine via Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQstaasuOhw&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0RPv9UsH25p3Y9gry0v_VuWF_EugMU5OZkHkj4_K4KPopSNR-N6GoPdOM

Pamela and I watched A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, which was, just like we were told, not what you think it will be.   I will say it was better than what I thought it would be, and since I have a warm spot in my heart for Mr. Rogers, I thought it would be at least all right.

Listening to; Jon Hassell’s Open Secret (Milano), Fur Alina by Arvo Part, Escalay by Kronos Quartet, Daydreaming by Radiohead,  Misterioso by Thelonious Monk, Cheek to Cheek by Erik Friedlander, Don’t I know You From Somewhere by Nico Muhly and Teitur, Baden Powell’s Canto de Ossanha.

Photo taken at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.

Toxic Waste

Enjoyed Intolerable Cruelty on Amazon, and followed it up with a viewing of Burn After Reading, also on Amazon.

We have also started the series Waco on Netflix.  I decided to read up on the Ruby Ridge incident from Idaho in 1992 as it happened a bit before Waco and also involved the ATF.  Both incidents very sad and rife with bad policing technique.

I have been following (many) a podcast titled Somebody that again documents awful and bad policing which seems to be a thing I like to know about.  A woman investigates the murder of her son because the Chicago police through ineptitude or cynicism and probably both, won’t.  She documents her investigations with a series of sound recordings, sometimes secretly, and with the help of some advocates that she meets on the way.  Find that here, https://theintercept.com/podcasts/somebody/

Listening to; 4 de Octubre by Orquesta Akokan.  Wide and Far by Pat Metheny,  Shangri-La by EOB, Time by Childish Gambino feat. Ariana Grande,  Dovetail Nicely by Bad Plus, How Much A Dollar Cost by Kendrick Lamar.

Photo taken at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.

Spring Thriller

We watched a film on Netflix titled Quincy about the life of Quincy Jones that was very entertaining.  Also watched on same platform a show named Corona Virus that helped us understand a bit more this complex subject.  Tonight our plan is to watch Intolerable Cruelty on Amazon.

Listening to Molly Maher’s Chicken No Bone, Wasteland by Pretendians, Smoothie Norm Tallie Remix, Fair Chance by Thundercat, Around Every Corner by NIN.

Photo from Afton State Park.

 

It just tumbles around in the air

Painter and Artist Nicholas Harper has been allowing free download of one print each week during lockdown. I find this gesture to be very generous. Here is a link to his website.

https://www.roguebuddha.com/print?fbclid=IwAR2UzqUtwaOBwhdoI5Ff3CSN0uyUlHRMzViqtqd2vp69JOYzYeSbE0ToX-I

Last night I was looking to see if Netflix had All Is Lost in it’s library, a film starring Robert Redford and a sailboat.  It did not but it gave me a long list of films that somehow had some sort of tie to that film, as I browsed titles I saw Rolling Stones; Ole Ole Ole, a trip across Latin America.  I decided to peruse it with the visible fast forward while stopping in to catch scenes.  I got caught up in the drama of the idea of would the last show of the tour , in Havana, would it happen?  So I fast forwarded ahead until they indeed did arrive to the city.  One thing I will say about the film is that South American audiences party and adulate like something I’ve rarely expeirenced, and it is fun to see.

So then I continued to browse and I started a film called War Machine, I honestly thought we would watch a bit of it, get tired and find something else, but we endured the entire thing.  Based on the nonfiction book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings, it is a fictionalized version of the events in the book based on United States Army General Stanley McChrystal.  Michael Hastings also writes for Rolling Stone magazine, which probably is why it ended up in my browse list for the evening.

 

Listening To Whole Lot of Love, Prince Live Indigo Sessions.  Jeff Parker, How Fun it is to Year Whip and Executive Life, Blue Carousel by Martin Denny, Prince 1+1+1=3, Fran-Dance Miles Davis, Juice B Crypts by Battles, Search For Peace McCoy Tyner, Immediately Invisible by Portico Quartet, After The Storm by Robert Glasper, Bird of Prey by Pixies, Penny Taken to the Hospital by Hildur Guonadottir, Valgeir Sigurossan’s Camera, Cyrano De Berger’s Back by X.

Photo taken at dusk from Just outside cabin on Green Lake, Spicer Minnesota.