Glitter, Dammit

A very different kind of carol for Christmas: Put some glitter on it, dammit.

Honest, intense, funny, a little dark, and most of all — sparkly.

A Recipe in Song for Worldbuilders

In support of the Worldbuilders campaign for Heifer International, Marian presents the perfect recipe for a winter feast that feeds a household of one or two: Cornish game hens and roasted roots.

So make a donation to the Worldbuilders campaign, and cook along (or sing along) with Marian! What’s that? You want a written recipe? It’s right here.

Midwinter Feasting: a Recipe for Staying Home

Roast Cornish Game Hens à la Marian

A turkey’s a lot of pressure in the kitchen, and it won’t fit in my fridge or freezer — so a few years ago, I started making Cornish game hens on holidays instead! Larger than quail and smaller than chickens, game hens are usually found in the frozen section of a US grocery store for about $5 each (this whole meal can price out at under $15 if you have the oil, butter, and seasonings). Game hens taste AMAZING, and they’re harder to mess up than a larger bird.

(Besides, nothing makes you feel like royalty so much as ripping off an entire bird thigh with your bare hands and tearing into it.)

It’s easy to make this recipe gluten-free, dairy-free, onion-free, or whatever your diners demand. And you can use any stuffing and seasonings and root vegetables you like; this guide includes the ones I chose (and includes dairy and onions).

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cornish game hens (thawed)
  • 1/2 Sweet onion (or more)
  • 2 cups Mini Potatoes
  • 1 cup Yams, sweet potatoes, carrots, and/or parsnips (chopped into chunks)
  • 6 cloves Garlic (or more)
  • 1 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Seasonings (listed below)

Stuffing:

  • 1.5 cups Wild rice (cooked)
  • .25 cups Onion (minced, can be taken from onion listed above)
  • .25 cups Dried cranberries or cherries
  • .5 cups Pecans, almonds, or cashews (chopped or slivered)
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Lemon wedges (seeds removed) or a splash of lemon juice
  • 2 pats Cold butter
  • Seasonings (listed below)

Recommended Seasonings:

  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Curry powder
  • Cumin
  • Lemon zest
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Paprika

Process:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Set out two large bowls, one for root veggies, one for stuffing, and a Dutch oven or cast iron casserole dish (or a deep roasting pan). Cook wild rice.
  2. Wash and chop the potatoes, yams, and carrots (or other roots) into large hearty chunks and combine in a bowl. Peel garlic and add all but 1 large clove to the roots.
  3. Chop two thick round slices from the center of your onion and set aside — these will become onion platters for your game hens to nest upon, helping to keep them level. The remaining onion can be minced for stuffing and added in large chunks to the root veggies.
  4. Coat the vegetables thoroughly in olive oil and seasoning mix, plus a little squeeze of lemon juice and/or lemon zest. Transfer them to the roasting dish — it’s fine if they pile up on top of one another. (If you prefer a fried-skin crispness to your veggies, put them around the edges rather than under the birds; if you like your veggies soaked through with bird juice and effectively pre-gravied, you’ll want to put the birds on top.)
  5. Press or mince your remaining garlic clove. In the oiled bowl that used to hold the veggies, prepare the oil you’ll use to rub down the birds. Include a few tablespoons of olive oil, the brown sugar, the pressed garlic, and the spices from among your seasonings (probably not the herbs), leaning heavily on the salt, pepper, curry, and paprika. Set aside.
  6. In your stuffing bowl, stir together all stuffing ingredients, holding back the lemon wedges and butter. Season well with all the listed seasonings, with an emphasis on the herbs, salt, and (more moderately) curry.
  7. Prepare your workspace and sink to have raw meat present, including all over your hands — so set your utensils and lengths of twine out in advance, clear the sink of dishes, cover certain surfaces in saran if you want. Then unwrap and thoroughly rinse the game hens, checking the skin for feather pips or other blemishes.
  8. Transfer birds to the bowl with oil and spices. Rub the skin of each bird thoroughly with the oil and sugar and spice mixture.
  9. With a spoon, stuff both birds full and insert a lemon wedge and butter pat foward the top (the breast side). Tie the drumsticks together, crossed, with twine to hold the stuffing in.
  10. Seat each bird in the roasting pan, breast side up on top of your onion rings. Add any leftover stuffing to the pan, it’s great, and pour any leftover oil and sugar mixture over the breasts of the birds. Clean all your meat-contacted surfaces.
  11. Bake uncovered for 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the thickest part of the thigh shows it is cooked through. If you want to be sure of extra moisture, you can add a little white wine or beer to the bottom of the pan (although I never do, and they still come out terrific). Baste the birds with juices from the bottom of the pan 1-3 times during baking, however much you enjoy doing it.
  12. Plate up and enjoy! I recommend serving with sour cream and green onions or chives.
  13. Save the oils from the bottom of the pan for a very small gravy, or for cooking another dish another day (I made a rice-and-veggie sautée in it with my remaining wild rice, and OMG). The carcasses will be very small, but they can still be used to make a portion of stock.

Bon appetit, friends!

Swears!

Coming Soon - the new album Swears by Marian Call. Photo by Annie Bartholomew.

SWEARS!

a new garage rock EP from Marian Call and the Guttersnipes
an angry loud little record
because certain times demand we make noise
and certain feelings are too big to sing pretty

CD’s and new T-shirts available now on Bandcamp

Photo of Marian Call by Annie Bartholomew.
Photo of Marian Call by Annie Bartholomew.
Photos by Annie Bartholomew

Read all about the new record Swears! — and its all-ages-friendly little sibling, Cuss! — on Marian Call’s Patreon. Buy the record today on Bandcamp along with new T-shirts!

New Merch for the New Record

The new albums Swears! and Cuss! have landed, and with them new autographed CD’s, T-shirts, and sticker packs. Patterned shirts, aprons, masks, bags and more are also available with the Magpie Designs ‘Cuss’ print created for the record by album art designer Sophie Lager.

And to celebrate the new record, pick up nearly every other Marian Call CD for $5!

Limited quantities available (the kazoos have sold out!), order now at Bandcamp.com or at Magpie Designs on Society 6.

Album cover by Sophie Lager for Swears! / Cuss!

A Special Concert in Petaluma, CA for ME/CFS

Marian Call in concert in Petaluma, CA, Sat. Oct. 5th at 8pm. Click for tickets

I’m playing a concert this fall that means a great deal to me, and I hope you’ll join me up in glorious Petaluma, CA. This theater will be simply magical and it’s a truly worthy cause – it’s worth the drive north! (Facebook Event / Tickets)

I have friends and loved ones who have suffered from ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome). If you know someone who experiences chronic pain or fatigue too, I hope you will share the word about this event. If you’re far from Petaluma, you’re invited to DONATE to one of the respected research and advocacy organizations linked below.

The song “Anchorage” is a theme for this concert. If you’ve never read into the subtext of that song, it’s about experiencing fear and disease, reconciling with the body, and choosing mindfulness, awareness, and song in the face of pain.

ME/CFS afflicts nearly 2 million people in the United States; it can severely limit people’s abilities with chronic pain and exhaustion, yet funds for research are scarce and public awareness of the condition remains very low. As a part of this concert, brief talks will be given by speakers from three highly-regarded national ME/CFS organizations: Bateman Horne Center, Solve ME/CFS Initiative and Open Medicine Foundation.

Join me in Petaluma, or tell a friend in the Bay Area to be there. We’ll sing together through the night.

“Reel me in to the places we knew our own faces / over wine, over coffee and beer – / and anchor me, anchor me, anchor me, anchor me here.”

DONATE to the Solve ME/CFS Initiative: https://solvecfs.org/donate/

DONATE to the Open Medicine Foundation: https://www.omf.ngo/2019/10/02/marian-call/

DONATE to the Bateman Horne Center: http://batemanhornecenter.org/donate/

Spenard Jazz Fest in Anchorage

Marian Call in Concert at the Church of Love in Anchorage - Sunday June 2nd at 7pm - Tickets at SpenardJazzFest.org. $20 advance, $25 door, free for SJF Festival Passholders

Marian Call is a featured performer at this year’s Spenard Jazz Fest in Anchorage, AK. Tickets available now for all of her performances, including a full band feature show on June 2nd at the Church of Love! Facebook events here to share with friends.

Mountainside Open Mic & Art Night

Hello friends – Marian here – I’m spending the whole winter in Juneau for the first time. It’s amazing to be in the place where I live for weeks on end! I’m writing and recording new music, doing some local theater, playing concerts online, and starting a new all ages Open Mic at the Rookery. I’d love to see you there!

Karaaaooooookeeeeee!

It takes a little love and harmony…

On April 21st, Marian presents a ridiculous live concert fundraiser event. It’s the ultimate request show: the Karaoke Jukebox Challenge. YOU choose the songs Marian sings, whether she knows them or not!  Update: the show is now finished and bids are closed, but you are still welcome to contribute to the spring fundraiser with a donation through ConcertWindow, Patreon, or Paypal.

Watch live online at https://www.concertwindow.com/mariancall on April 21st!

Fans have submitted 42 songs for your consideration, and Marian will sing the top 12-15 contenders. Bid on your favorites at https://paypal.me/mariancall by donating and mentioning the song title/s in the comments.

…………. Post-Show Update: these were the finalists for spring 2018!

  • “Crazy on You” by Heart
  • “Heroes” by David Bowie
  • “Come Sail Away” by Styx
  • “Summertime” by George Gershwin & DuBose Heyward
  • “Linger” by The Cranberries
  • “So Long, Marianne” by Leonard Cohen
  • “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  • “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night
  • “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General” by Gilbert & Sullivan
  • “The Bard’s Song” by Blind Guardian
  • “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas
  • “That’s Not My Name” by the Ting Tings
  • “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley
  • “Red Dwarf Theme” by Howard Goodall
  • “The Ballad of Serenity” by Sonny Rhodes
  • “You Don’t Own Me” by Leslie Gore

How does this show work? Fans  proposed songs for the Karaoke Jukebox Challenge. Bid on any listed song by donating at https://paypal.me/mariancall (any number of times, in any increment, and you can divide a single payment among multiple songs). On April 21st at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT the concert will begin, and the songs will be performed in order of their popularity – which can change during the show!

To bid and boost a song up the list, just visit Paypal.me/MarianCall, choose an amount that works for you, and include the song title in the comment field.

If you don’t want to use Paypal, you can tip directly at ConcertWindow.com and we will get in touch in the chat or email to clarify which songs you are bidding on. Questions? Read the fine print below.

The Fine Print

  1. Submit songs you want to hear at this Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/418peLidzJtUHjPz2. Once songs are approved they will appear on the master list above. You can bid on songs here anytime with donations through Paypal or ConcertWindow.
  2. Songs must be submitted by midnight on APRIL 19TH. Submit multiple songs if you want! But that will spread the votes thin, so think about what would actually be fun to see Marian perform.
  3. You may bid on as many songs as you like as often as you like by sending a tip to Paypal.me/MarianCall and specifying the song title/s in the comments, or by tipping at ConcertWindow. Feel free to rally friends and other fans to your song’s cause, on social media or in the concert chat.
  4. Marian will perform a short acoustic set on Concertwindow while the last few bids come in, then she will perform from the karaoke song list for about an hour (or more, as long as she can). She will sing songs in the order of popularity **which may change throughout the show as people bid.** Songs will be crossed out on the list after they are performed.
  5. This is a special live event — the archived concert will only be available to Donors’ Circle members.
  6. It’s an all ages show so Marian may spontaneously bleep or rewrite or mess up words.
  7. Marian does not know a lot of these songs, so you will be getting a lot of made up and improvised melodies.
  8. We reserve the right to not approve any particular fan-submitted song, sorry.
  9. If you plan to watch the show on a mobile device/tablet, note that it will be hard to participate in the bidding or the ConcertWindow chat during the show. **Bid ahead of time** on your favorite song(s) here and follow the discussion on Twitter at #LoveandHarmony.

On the Song “Standing Stones”

The long-awaited studio album Standing Stones has arrived, thanks to massive fan support from Kickstarter.  Find it on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Youtube, and wherever you enjoy music.

I wrote “Standing Stones” about the human need to scratch our symbols on the world.

When I was in school, I covered all my textbooks in brown paper bags and duct tape so I’d have a blank canvas for scribbling. Song lyrics in every corner, notes in every direction, doodles dividing and transecting every word.

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