LET­TER FROM RACH

Rachael Ray Every Day - - Contents - So eat, drink, play, and rock on!

Let’s rock.

Sum­mer is the sea­son to party, play, and en­joy the great out­doors, and food and mu­sic am­plify the good times. Like in the movie Spinal Tap, on a dial that nor­mally goes up to 10, food and mu­sic turn our sum­mer fun fac­tor up to 11! Great bites and our fa­vorite songs fill­ing the air are the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tors that bring us to­gether to cel­e­brate how much we have in com­mon. Sum­mer cook­outs and con­certs make us wanna hug strangers. I lower my in­hi­bi­tions and dance like a Peanuts char­ac­ter when Schroeder’s on the pi­ano. Be­cause the days get longer, sum­mer is the bar­gain sea­son when we get more bang for our buck than in the cold, dark days of winter. And even though there’s still 24 hours by the clock, there seem to be more hours to do ev­ery­thing: eat, drink, go to con­certs, and just be lazy.

I’m mar­ried to a mu­si­cian. He’s a lawyer by ed­u­ca­tion, but my hus­band, John—make no mis­take—is hap­pi­est and most ful­filled hold­ing a gui­tar, be­hind a set of drums, or at a key­board. He was born to mu­sic as I was born to food. I breathed a huge sigh of re­lief af­ter I saw him play for the first time. En­joy­ing bad mu­sic is one thing this woman could not, will not, and can­not fake. John rocks. He is an amaz­ing mu­si­cian. His band, the Cringe, plays some dates each sum­mer. Be on the look­out.

And at the mag­a­zine, mu­sic is what’s on our minds right now. This is­sue is filled with playlists and cov­er­age of all va­ri­ety of sum­mer mu­sic events and fes­ti­vals, as well as what we do best: tasty, clever, fla­vor-filled food and recipes. Playlists are like recipes—a great way to say “I love you”—and they last longer than any meal and most other gifts. This is­sue is special be­cause it has so much con­tent about our col­lec­tive love of food and mu­sic. Songs will run through your head as you turn through the pages.

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