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A Passion Fearless of Limitation

3 Mar

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”

In a world sometimes clouded by fear and endless worry, there is still one bullet-proof method, in my opinion, to deal with it all. Expressive Art- whether it be music, painting, sculpture, photography, dance or writing.

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting a musician who has truly captured the soul behind expressive art. His raw lyrics, strong stance, calm beat, soothing voice, and genuine honesty have given me a hundred plus reasons to keep his music playing over and over again. His work has helped me find comfort in my experiences with love, trust, pain, fear and peace. And for that, I am thankful. He sings, he writes, he plays guitar… but most importantly, he does it with passion.

His name is Clarence Greenwood. His music is Citizen Cope.

Clarence Greenwood, Citizen Cope

If you’re not already, go and type his name into Google so you can enjoy a nice tune while you finish reading this post. Or if you’re lazy, just click here for one of my favorites; Sideways, Healing Hand, Let the Drummer Kick or Pablo Picasso.

I enjoy music from all styles, genres and cultures, but the way to my heart is to elicit emotion. Make me feel something, give me goosebumps, make me move. Using his own inspirations and experiences, Clarence began the “rebel street music” movement and has since delivered an unforgettable spiritual sound on and off stage.

So whether it’s a good day or bad, music with passion has the power to heal, to elevate, to love and to inspire. What music do you love?

**Huge thanks to 92.3 WTTS for hosting the studio show. Also, be sure to check out Citizen Cope’s latest album, The Rainwater LP- it hit stores yesterday! And hopefully the next time I meet Clarence is over a cup of coffee and a guitar lesson- I have many questions.

Ultimate Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip

24 Jun

Check out this great article from Jolene Ketzenberger, Indy Star food and wine columnist. Dip, scoop and smile your way through portable, potluck favorites features excellent recipes for summertime entertaining.

I was on Twitter and just happened to see her tweet: “What’s your best pitch-in dish (potluck, carry-in, covered dish), the one that always disappears on the buffet table? Any great recipes?” Naturally, I replied with my favorite, spicy buffalo chicken dip. Next thing I know, Jolene is having art director, Jenny French, call me to set up the photo shoot.

I was first introduced to this dip from my boyfriend, Evan Strange. His family had been making it for years and after I finally realized just how wonderful it was- I began making it too! We added our own personal touch with the onions and bleu cheese crumbles. Below is the recipe and the pictures from the front page of the Indy Star Extra section of the June 24th issue. For this and other great pitch-in recipes be sure to pick up a copy of today’s Indy Star!

Ultimate Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip

1 cup of ranch dressing
3/4 cup chopped red onion
2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese
2 10-ounce cans of chicken
3/4 cup of Frank’s hot sauce
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 container of bleu cheese crumbles
Tortilla chips or crackers for dipping

Directions: Sautee onions in butter until slight color change, and remove from heat. In a skillet, warm chicken. Add hot sauce, cream cheese and ranch dressing. Blend. Add half of the shredded cheese and sautéed onions. Mix until consistent throughout. Pour into baking dish. Sprinkle rest of cheddar cheese on top. Top with generous amount of blue cheese crumbles. Bake in oven at 350° for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers. Goes best with a nice cold beer! *Adapted from a recipe by Mary England and Susie Cromer Clements.

Picture from the front page of the Indy Star Extra section

Picture from the front page of the Indy Star Extra section

Ultimate Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ultimate Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip- picture by Rob Goebel