Jim’s Picks: Yogi Says Fight Through the Cold

The wicked head cold is sliding into its third week.

The nice thing is I’ve got company in the misery. Many I’ve been around and spoken to (humm?) have suffered the same affliction. Everyone says the same thing.

Runny nose and sneezing? Check. Head like a lead balloon? Check. Lingering cough? Check. Lasts about three weeks? Check.

What I’ve become over the past two weeks is an expert on hot tea. My pick is Yogi organic.

Love the ginger variety. From the company’s Website, it says, “herbalists throughout the world have known of the healing, soothing and invigorating qualities of ginger, considered the ‘universal medicine.’”

During this cold, I’ve also drifted into the Breathe Deep and been satisfied with the results. Add a little honey or agave syrup and you’re loving it even more.

Ahh, but what’s tea without a little somethin’ sweet to tag along?

I suggest Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies.

Warning: These things are off the charts addictive.

The box says “no artificial colors or flavors and no preservatives.” I don’t question anything beyond that. I figure I’m eating health food. They make me sing “O Canada!”

They do weigh in at 110 calories a cookie, so if you go too crazy with them you’ll be roughly the size of Saskatchewan in a few short weeks.

On to music.

The head cold didn’t prevent me from witnessing the recent Bonnie Raitt concert at the Cascade Theatre and — wow — what a show. I know I’m a little late on this, but the show continues to resonate in my mind in such a positive, amazing way.

Maybe Bonnie’s the one who made a deal with the devil at the crossroads. I swear the woman doesn’t age (she looked so killer in her rockstar jeans). Her voice just soars with soul and (obviously, duh) she’s a major badass slide blues guitarist with incredible tone and taste.

What a pro she is.

The next blues event of that caliber looks to be Buddy Guy on April 21 at the Cascade.

Looking for other great concerts? The Oaksong Society has a bunch more Americana and blues shows coming up, including Grammy winner Roland White on March 4, Canadian acoustic blues player Joel Fafard on March 19, and Karen Savoca with Pete Heitzman on March 25. All of those shows are at Bernie’s Guitar (3086 Bechelli Lane) in Redding.

For a list of the Oaksong shows in April and beyond, click here.

The Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant has also been on a roll with some nice touring acts stopping through. New York-based songwriter Laura Meyer was marvelous on Feb. 17. Check out what a talented lyricist and performer she is. The talented duo Jeff Campbell and Megan Slankard performed there Saturday night.

The Northstar Session

Next up is the L.A. pop/rock band the Northstar Session on Friday (March 4). The group recently performed its tune “You Come Up Like a Rose” on the NBC show “Parenthood” last fall. Click here for more info on the band.

OK, back to the tea, cookies and Kleenex.

Jim Dyar is a news, arts and entertainment journalist for A News Cafe and the former arts and entertainment editor for the Record Searchlight’s D.A.T.E. section. Jim is also a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding. E-mail him at jimd.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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5 Responses

  1. Hang in there, Jim — that nasty cold DOES expire, eventually. We shared it here, and managed to sandwich it between gigs. It's an ugly one, though. Hope you're feeling better soon.

  2. I love the Yogi's Egyptian Licorice. I could get a Costco membership just to ensure I have a crate of it always on hand. Yummy stuff.

    Keep up the hot teas, Jim — wishing you a return to good health soon!!

  3. Avatar Paul Frye says:

    Hey Jim,

    certainly with you on the Bonnie Raitt thing, she and her band just kicked the beeJesus out of Redding. In addition to her guitar playing, which I thought was actually "nasty' at times, it's been a while since I've heard a hotter keyboard player than whoever that Dude was who sorta' played "lead" all night, regardless of who was on guitar or bass.

    I, also, have the aforementioned cold that you are battling. I'm off to get some tea and cookies as soon as I play guitar with 4 y.o. g'son, Dominic. He hits me uo daily to play and sing with him. Is he too young for a real guitar? He bangs a way on a stringless fairground plastic guitar or sits in the middle of my bed and plays along with my solid bodied strat knockoff. He seems awfully young for a real guitar but man, is he ever motivated!

    Hope that you' re feeling better soon. I am hauling the g'kid to Bernie's to see what he has to say and what he has to offer in the way of a small guitar.

    Get better, Peace and Love,

    Paul Frye

  4. Avatar Banjo Bil says:

    We too, saw Bonnie Raitt, she IS hot, and was so impressed with her "down home" and sincerity. No DIVA there!!!

    As for the flu and cold… hmmm

    I stayed up til 3am, after the Arpies last night, working on our next production, and it seems the NASTY cold n flu bug caught me off guard.

    Woke up with a pain like I was stabbed with an ice pick in my chest, cough wreaking havoc like hot lava from Mt. Tehama burning a hole in my chest and searing my lungs like a Hot Polish sausage on a fire grill on a 119 degree day at the county fair… I was working the night watch…

    …oh, no, THAT's Joe Friday's monologue! ! !

    Anyway I REALLY CAN CO-MISERATE, (hack, hack) @#$#%&(^^^#$%^#$E$$(&%^ damn cold and influenza…

    INFLUENZA??? I didn't know she could FLY!

    Get well then let's jam!

    B.C.

  5. Avatar Paul Trout says:

    Jim, Chicken soup-works every time, not from a can, Chef Paul