" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

April 17, 2017

Easter SUNday at Bluesfest ... and a Plate of Shrimp

The sun setting over the Mojo tent SUNday at the Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017
... and a plate of shrimp, too
Well I finally got that plate of shrimp/prawns that I wrote about missing out on in my post about attending Bluesfest on Good Friday,
The (Not-Quite?) Departed
The paella food stall at the Bluesfest site with the shrimp/prawn on it
Plate of Shrimp/Prawns and the Raw Prawn/Trickster
I didn't go to Bluesfest on Saturday, even though I have a '5 Day Pass', because the lineup didn't appeal enough for me to drive down from Brisbane and back and spend a shipload on food to watch acts that didn't really interest I took Saturn-day off and chilled out at home;-)
'The Round Mountain Girls' playing the Crossroads tent Easter SUNday
My Easter Sunday started off by finally catching
'The Round Mountain Girls' play a gig at Bluesfest.
Jesus and "the good thief" hanging on the cross
'The Round Mountain Girls' on Easter Sunday, 2017
The RMG do a great cover of Wolfmother's 'The Joker & the Thief' and they played it in the Crossroads tent on Easter Sunday, too.
Hanging with Jesus
Jake Shimabukuro playing the Mojo tent Easter Sunday
After catching the RMG play I bought a plate of shrimp and calamari paella for lunch then went and caught Jake Shimabukuro (or should the be Shrimpbukuro?-) play the Mojo tent.
Jake Shimabukuro on the big screen at Bluesfest 2017
Jake Shimabukuro has to be on of the best, if not the best ukulele player in the world, even though he like to play George Harrison's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' quite often on his ukulele, which he did Easter Sunday, as well.
One of my favourite Jake Shimabukuro covers is 'Eleanor Rigby'.
Ahhh...look at all the lonely people, where do they all come from?-) 
I didn't expect to find these two though;-)
All the lonely people together watching Jake play the Mojo tent Easter Sunday
After watching Jake it was off the Jambalaya tent to watch Rhiannon Giddens play and I got to see her play her whole set, unlike Good Friday.
Rhiannon Giddens playing Bluesfest on Easter Sunday
The above photo of Rhiannon Giddens enlarged to show her halo(?)
Is it just a trick of the light, or does Rhiannon Giddens have a halo around her head in that above photo?
Rhiannon Giddens playing the Jambalaya tent on Easter Sunday
Jambalaya with chicken, Andouille sausage, rice, shrimp, celery, and spices.
And on the "plate of shrimp" synchronicity thing,
"Jambalaya (/ˌdʒæmbəˈlaɪ.ə, ˌdʒʌm-/ jam-bə-ly-ə, jum-bə-ly-ə) is a dish of Louisiana origin of Spanish and French 
(especially Provençal) influence. 
It consists of meat and vegetables mixed with rice.
Traditionally, the meat always includes sausage of some sort, often a smoked sausage such as andouille, along with some other meat or seafood, frequently pork, chicken, crawfish, or shrimp.
The vegetables are usually a soffritto-like mixture known as the "holy trinity(The name is an allusion to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity: Louisiana [especially the region of Acadiana] is a strongly Roman Catholic region) in Creole and Cajun cooking, consisting of onion, celery, and green bell pepper, though other vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, chilies, and garlic are also used."
Jambalaya and Gumbo on sale at the Bluesfest food tent
"Jambalaya is similar to (but distinct from) other rice-and-meat dishes known in Louisiana cuisine.
Gumbo uses similar sausages, meats, seafood, vegetables and seasonings, however gumbo includes filé powder and okra, which are not common in jambalaya.
Gumbo is also usually served over white rice, which is prepared separate from the rest of the dish, unlike jambalaya, where the rice is prepared with the other ingredients.
Étouffée is a stew which always includes shellfish such as shrimp or crayfish, but does not have the sausage common to jambalaya and gumbo."

My shrimp and calamari  paella I ate on Easter Sunday 
"Jambalaya has its origins in several rice-based dishes well attested in the Mediterranean cuisines of Spain and France, especially in the Spanish dish paella (native to Valencia) and the French dish known as jambalaia (native to Provence).".
Seafood paella

"Paella is a Valencian word which derives from the Old French word paelle for pan, which in turn comes from the Latin word patella for pan.
The word paella is also related to paila used in many Latin American countries. 
Paila in the Spanish language of Latin America refers to a variety of cookware resembling metal and clay pans, which are also used for both cooking and serving."
Another Pan cooking up some music?
I wonder if a cooking pan can be linked back to the word Pan?-)
Pan/The Devil/Baphomet?
Apollo, Hermes (Mercury) and Pan
"Apollo is a god connected with many things; there is no one thing he is the god of.
He is connected with music, prophecy, archery, medicine, and through the process of assimilation, he sometimes takes over the role of the sun-god from Helios."
On the clay pan pictured above, "Apollo is seated with his instrument, the lyre.
The crow seen on the left is from a specific story, in which the crow started out white but was made black forever because it delivered bad news to Apollo."
The Apollo program, also known as Project Apollo
A Waning moon over Bluesfest Easter MOONday
"Apollo is featured in two very similar stories, in which his musical skill with the lyre is challenged by a rival. 
In the first story, the challenger was the god Pan, known for his talent with the syrinx, or pan-pipes.
The judge of the contest was the god of Mt. Tmolus, and one spectator was king Midas.
Mt. Tmolus gave Apollo the victory crown, but Midas objected, proclaiming that Pan should have won; Apollo then punished Midas by giving him the ears of an ass." 
Gold records are the Midas' touch perhaps?-)
So, you can probably see that there are some very deep rabbit holes appearing here when it comes to the mish-mash of myth and religions of the world and modern pop-culture.
"The Oxford English Dictionary indicates that 'jambalaya' comes from the Provençal word 'jambalaia', meaning a mish mash, or mixup, and also meaning a pilau (pilaf) of rice."
Traditional preparation of paella...and the pan
"Moors in Muslim Spain began rice cultivation around the 10th century.
Consequently, Valencians often made casseroles of rice, fish, and spices for family gatherings and religious feasts, thus establishing the custom of eating rice in Spain. 
This led to rice becoming a staple by the 15th century.
Afterwards, it became customary for cooks to combine rice with vegetables, beans, and dry cod, providing an acceptable meal for Lent.
Along Spain's eastern coast, rice was predominantly eaten with fish.
Spanish food historian Lourdes March notes that the dish "symbolizes the union and heritage of two important cultures, the Roman, which gives us the utensil and the Arab which brought us the basic food of humanity for centuries.
In the church where a wedding has beenLives in a dream"
Valencian paella
"According to tradition in Valencia, paella is cooked over an open fire, fueled by orange and pine branches along with pine cones.
Pan/pine branches and pine cones?!
This produces an aromatic smoke which infuses the paella. 
Also, dinner guests traditionally eat directly out of the paellera."
Watching 'Playing For Change' at the Mojo tent Easter Sunday
After seeing Rhiannon Giddens play the Jambalaya tent I hit the Mojo tent as the sun was setting to watch 'Playing For Change' do their thing.
Jethro Tull (band)
I was going to see the last of Jethro Tull's set at Crossroads, but I couldn't get near the tent for all of the people hanging around, and since I had seen Jethro Tull play a concert in Brisbane in 2014, I didn't feel the need to see them again at Bluesfest.
Jethro Tull ... Just the Ticket for Me
Playing For Change
Buddy Guy playing the Crossroads tent Easter Sunday, 2017
After watching and listening to 'Playing For Change' I went over to the Crossroads tent and saw one of mine and Bluesfest's favourite musicians, Buddy Guy.
It almost wouldn't be a Bluesfest without Buddy.
I think Buddy has played at more Byron Bay Bluefests than I have ever been to and he is one Guy I always try and make time to see play.
Buddy Guy playing the Crossroads tent Easter Sunday, 2017
After I watched Buddy play I slipped out of the tent early to grab some pizza for dinner, as I had planned to wait around until Madness hit the stage, but there was no bands I felt like seeing for you might say I was at a crossroads as to stay, or beat the car-park jam at the end of the night getting out of there and home to Brisbane.
Since I was driving back for the Easter Monday at Bluesfest and I was already worn out and in need of rest I called it a day and went home to get some rest and do a few things around the house.
The world is already mad enough with a real life Donnie Darko in the White (Mad?-) House.
That's all folks?!  But hopefully not;-)

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