It's been a busy Memorial Day weekend so far and it looks like it will stay that way for me. But I did have a chance to make a quick visit to Barnes and Noble yesterday to finally pick up my copy of Elizabeth George's latest Thomas Lynley book, Careless in Red, something I've looked forward to every year since I stumbled into the series way back in 1988. It's hard to believe that the series is 20 years old now. I also picked up a marked down copy of a book I'm completely unfamiliar with, Lisa Unger's Beautiful Lies after reading the first three pages of its first chapter. I'm still not sure exactly what it's all about but the writing is crisp and the basic plot description made me curious enough that I knew I would regret walking away from it.
The day was capped off for us by a Saturday night 40th wedding anniversary party for some friends of ours for which an amazing Cajun band was booked. It was a real treat to watch these guys do their magic and to see just how alive Cajun music still is. The band, Lost Bayou Ramblers, played many of the old traditional Cajun songs that I've heard all my life and they did it with great flare. Their driving beat had the dance floor pretty much filled all night long and the event turned into one very fine celebration of a marriage that is beginning its fifth decade.
Oh, and by the way, Lost Bayou Ramblers, was nominated for a Grammy this year and, although they didn't win the thing, it must have been the experience of a lifetime for them.
For those unfamiliar with Cajun music, this is typical of the sound and it's the kind of thing that had people dancing all night long...as usual when a Cajun band is in the building.
This picture was taken at the Grammy Awards show in February.