Everybody knows that you are what you eat. But I believe that you are what you listen to as well, and what you read, and what you watch. There’s a line from the Dungeon Family song On & On & On about remembering “…the music that took you, put you in a pot and cooked you.” I’ve always loved this notion. I think he’s talking about the music that made you “lie in awe on your bedroom floor,” and I think he’s also talking about the music that you heard as a child, that shaped who you are.
I was trying to think of a food from my childhood that feels significant, that had special value, and made me who I am in some way. I thought of crepes, or as we called them, flat pancakes. They were a special-occasion breakfast for us, so simple, and so pleasing. And now I feed them to my sons. They both ate them on their first birthdays, and for many many breakfasts (and dinners) since. And it makes me happy when they eat them.
And the music I listened to was mostly baroque or early classical. I remember holding the tune of Mozart’s Haffner Serenade in my head as a kind of talisman to ward off anything that made me anxious. My sons listen to very different music, but I love that they love what they love!
So… what are you made of? What food or music is part of your childhood, and became part of who you are?
As a bonus question for people who like thinking of songs on a certain topic (who could that be?) can you think of songs about your musical heroes recalling songs they listened to as a child? Like Talib Kweli’s Holy Moly, for instance.
Crepe recipe (written by my mother on an index card and memorized by me!) after the jump.
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cups flour
1 t. vanilla
Butter for frying
Mix the eggs, milk and vanilla. Whisk in the flour and salt. You have to work hard to get out all the lumps, which was my job as a child.
In a large frying pan (or a crepe pan, if you have one!) melt the butter. Add enough batter to cover the bottom. When the top ceases to be shiny, flip the crepe over and cook for a second or two on the other side, till it puffs up a bit and has little brown spots.
Eat with lemon & powdered sugar, or fresh fruit, or the syrup of your choice.