You can tell the exams are here - the weather is too good. So no harm in a bit of light relief. In the same issue of Food and Wine as featured Conrad (see post from 18th May) is a highly unscientific but probably well researched piece on what drinks go best with different pieces of music. So what is it that has you reaching for the neat vodka, by the neck, for the Sex Pistols and a saccharine alcopop for Lady GaGa. Is it mood, place, taste, culture? At one time or another we've all been driven mad by piped mall musaz and there is a whole school of psychology based round backround music, tempo and volume, and shopping habits. But this is the quality end of the spectrum they're talking: the hint of pencil shavings guff, the flavours of deep black cherry with the slightest nuance of clean earth stuff.
So it's single malt for Miles Davis Kind of Blue, a Bollinger Champagne to accompany Mozart violin concerto 3, a Grand Marnier, on the rocks of course, for Suzanne by Leonard Cohen and a Bloody Mary, what else, for Rehab by the inimitable Amy. Though i don't think that's what she has in hand in the photo above.