Observations on working on the James Brown book (now that I'm past what my initial deadline would've been, had it not been extended, thank God):
*I have now played Live at the Apollo approximately three squillion times, and I am still not tired of it. That's a good sign.
*The reference works that are most useful to me are not the ones I'd thought they'd be. Lisa's copy of Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 is invaluable, though.
*It's amazing how many enormous, gigantic, incredibly popular R&B hits of 40 or 50 years ago are now out of print.
*There is not only no site devoted to "Pigmeat" Markham, there is no online source that can tell me when he originated the "Here Comes the Judge" routine, or what exactly was on all those early Chess records he made.
*Listening to a one-minute chunk of something on Amazon is not entirely satisfying, but it's better than nothing.
Simple yet effective thing I made last night, from a Madhur Jaffrey suggestion: sauté two big thinly sliced-up and thoroughly cleaned leeks until they turn golden; add a bunch of kale sliced up into thin ribbons, and two cups of stock; bring to a boil, cover, turn the heat down low and simmer for 20 min. or so. Went very well with the leftover mung bean stew.
The band has a new name, as of this morning: we are the 801.