Led Zeppelin III

by groove on March 27, 2014

Led Zep 3This month, I have been involved in the 3rd month in a row of “Record A Day” Instragram posts – a daily photo of an album in my collection following the suggested theme of the day. For instance, there has been “album on classic black”, “green vinyl”, “acoustic album”, “album from high school” and many more themes. A few recent themes have conjured this post today: an album from my year of birth, an album showcasing my favourite artwork, a (partly) acoustic album, on classic black, bought used. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out the daily Instagram posts, make sure you follow me on Instragram @groovegardenrecords – it has replaced what had been my “vinyl of the day” posts that I had been loading on The Groove Garden’s Facebook page.

Led Zep 3 Back CoverLed Zeppelin III was released in October of 1970 and was a marked departure from the heavy sound fans had become accustomed to with the band’s previous singles from Led Zeppelin II such as Whole Lotta Love, Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Maid) and Ramble On. On the band’s debut, Led Zeppelin I, fans were introduced to the heavy riffing blues-based rock of Communication Breakdown and Good Times, Bad Times and grew to expect a more mature, but heavy rock sound from the group. The collection of work on Led Zeppelin III promised much of the same with the album opener, Immigrant Song, but that heaviness toned down considerably for the remainder of the two sides to a more acoustic, folk-laden sound. Initial critical response was negative or indifferent and wasn’t immediately embraced – drawing some crude comparisons to Crosby, Stills and Nash. The heavier songs on the album were dismissed as they were perceived to lack growth from the previous albums’ path to maturity. Fans, thankfully, thought differently (mainly across the pond) and the album eventually charted very high world-wide and sales were impressive around the world, although it failed certification in the UK.

Led Zep 3The folk and acoustic sound is credited to the surroundings within which the base writing was formed by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Following a relentless and grueling work and touring schedule of the previous year, the songwriting team decided to spend a summer relaxing at a remote, derelict 18th century cottage in Wales to work on the album. With no electricity or running water, the boys were forced to work on bits of the album with acoustic guitars only. As such, the main material of the album reflects the work created in the peaceful surroundings of Bron-Yr-Aur.  After creating much of the material that would form the album, the guys were then joined by John Paul Jones and John Bonham at Headley Grange, a run-down mansion in East Hampshire and the album was finished in Notting Hill and finally mixed in Memphis in August, 1970.

The complete story of the album can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Led_Zeppelin_III

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Stress Relieving Chocolate Chip Cookies

by groove on February 20, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve discovered I’m one of those people who likes to bake when feeling a bit stressed. The thought of having warm, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies within 45 minutes is pretty good motivation. I have to say it does help relieve the tension a bit. Having to focus on baking the cookies and not think about whatever it is that’s causing the stress is a good thing. Another great benefit is the muscle relaxing magnesium in the chocolate. That is if you choose to buy a good dark chocolate chip. One of my favourite brands is Enjoy Life.

Cookie Dough

Now once those delicious cookies come out of the oven and you take your first bite and you get that first taste of warm chocolate, it truly is a little piece of heaven. The key of course, is not eating the whole batch of cookies in one sitting. I do like to savour the cookies for as long as I can which is a difficult with the two cookie monsters I live with ;).

I would like to share the recipe that has served me well in helping with the stress relief. I’ve named these cookies after a Muddy Waters song entitled “Hurtin’ Soul” from his album “After the Rain”.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hurtin’ Soul Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dry Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips *

Wet Ingredients

1/2 cup grape seed oil (or canola oil)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup almond milk (or whatever milk you choose)
3 tsp ground flax seeds
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

*Now you’ll notice I’ve added the chocolate chips to the dry ingredients and in most cookie recipes the chips are added once the dough comes together. I’m not a fan of this method. Not only is it tough to stir the dough at this point but the biggest problem is not having the chips dispersed evenly throughout the dough. Do as you like :)

In a smaller bowl combine the wet ingredients and stir well. Now, add the wet to the dry and stir to combine. Ensure all the flour is mixed in.

Now comes the fun part, using an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, place heaping balls of cookie dough on your baking sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes.

Sit back and relax and let your worries fall away. Enjoy a large glass of red wine along with the cookie and it’s pure heaven.

* I have a gluten-free version of this cookie here.

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The year of new discoveries….and my new favourite record “store”

February 18, 2014
Pop Up Shop

So far, the year 2014 has been very active for The Groove Garden. We have spent a collective 6 hours (and counting….) in the pop-up record store in downtown Kelowna and have still only somewhat scratched the surface of what is hiding in those piles of records. The best part of this hunt has been […]

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Vinyl Finds From The Big Dig

February 3, 2014
Mike Oldfield

Over a number of weeks, I have been visiting the pawn shop in downtown Kelowna, spending the better part of a small fortune stockpiling records of all ages and genres. To give a bit of background, the pawn shop in Kelowna had purchased approximately 40,000 records and literally dumped all of the records into a […]

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The Big Dig

January 17, 2014
Roasted Butternut Squash

For weeks, the anticipation has been building. “A pop-up record store”, they said. “Over 40,000 records in one tiny room”, is what I heard. I stopped by the pawn shop on Ellis in Kelowna a couple of weeks before Grey Cup Sunday in November to find out more about this massive haul of vinyl they […]

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New Year, New Groove

January 7, 2014
Otis Redding

Well, 2013 is over and we are already a week into 2014. We had a significant year of change last year with Daneen taking on a completely new and exciting path (more info below) and The Groove Garden becoming more prominent on-line through social media. The future looks very bright for us as our two […]

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Part 2 of a (?) Part Series: Return To Forever, Return to Yamato and Return to Dead Bolt

October 7, 2013
Chick_Corea

The musical focus of this post is on a singular act and the timeline and circumstances for acquiring half of the band’s discography. The food focus is the asian restaurant Yamato – a spot we somehow keep returning to time and time again, even though there are several other choices to make. The wine focus […]

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Part 1 of a (?) Part Series: Giants of Jazz and BOTM Record Club

October 4, 2013
Sarah Vaughan

This summer was eventful for The Groove Garden; we travelled to Vancouver to see rock gods RUSH and shortly after travelled to Regina for a long-overdue visit with family and friends. Of course, Mr Groove took the opportunity to load up on records. The most successful “pick” was in the basement of a childhood friend’s […]

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High School Reunion, 80s Music and of course food

August 12, 2013
45s from the 80s

The year was 1988 – near the start of summer, a group of young people in the north end of Regina graduated from Thom Collegiate. Some knew exactly what they wanted to be and have become very successful in achieving their goal, others had some idea but took different paths (and have become very successful) […]

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The sweet sultry sound of Julie London

June 20, 2013
Julie London

In today’s post I decided to begin with my brand new smoothie creation. I developed it out of a need to brighten my day. No, I’m not depressed or anything like that but these past few days in West Kelowna we have not seen any sunshine – not one tiny bit of blue sky. After […]

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