I wasn’t here for a week as one can’t recover overnight after hearing the election results. Shock and horror.
Anyway, when I still lived in Poland, I didn’t have the slightest idea what northern soul was. But I was absolutely mesmerized by the dance routine in Moloko’s video. When I moved to the UK I found out the whole background to the song.
I found out the meaning of polishing brogues, Bruce Lee’s poster on the wall, the club, dance routine, everything. I watched a few documentaries about Northern Soul, and even though I was never a part of it, it makes me full with nostalgia and a longing to go back in time and witness it.
What I find fascinating is that in the poorest area of England young people were obsessed with music made by lesser known black artists from America, although I can understand why the lyrics spoke to them – they were written by people from poorer areas as well. In a way, Detroit resembles some of the northern working class industrial towns.
Funnily enough my British boyfriend is unmoved by the whole movement. He understands my obsession though. And for my birthday he bought me a ‘Northern Soul’ DVD.
The film was directed, written and partly funded by Elaine Constantine, who herself was part of the 70s Northern Soul scene. You can see her in a BBC documentary ‘Northern Soul: Keeping the Faith’. It’s obvious from the way she talks how passionate she feels about that period.
Because of that, her film keeps an amazing energy; it pulls you in. I think she really gave her project authenticity and probably made many people feel like going back in time. It may sound weird but it made me feel like that, although I was born in a different time and place. But that’s the power of art and music…
And to sum it up, how about a gluten free chocolate chip cookie?
Buckwheat and peanut chocolate chip cookies:
5 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 heaped tbsp peanut butter
1/3 cup xylitol or honey
200g buckwheat flour
1/2 baking powder
pinch of salt
handful of dark chocolate chips
1. Mix butter and peanut butter with xylitol (or honey). Add egg and mix well.
2. Place flour, baking powder, chocolate chips and salt in a bowl, mix well. Add egg and butter mixture to the flour and stir well.
3. Cover the dough with the cling film, chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. In the meantime preheat the oven and line two baking trays with parching paper. Form cookies and bake for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven when they just start turning lightly golden, cool.