Author : Tee
Super group “Boyz II Men” was formed in 1988 at the Philadelphia school of the performing arts. The founding members of the group consisted of Nathan Morris and Marc Nelson. The two encountered stumbling blocks to keep the group together because of former members graduating. They finally found stability when they found members Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, and the distinct bass vocal styling of Michael McCrary. Originally referring to themselves as “Unique Attraction”, the group performed songs from the group “New Edition” at school talent shows in which the guys were given the group name “Boyz II Men”. I suppose they were given that name since they were so young and performing selections with very mature content. They received their big break after sneaking behind stage at a Bel Biv Devoe concert and wowed member Michael Bivins in which they performed a rendition of “Can you stand the Rain” in which Michael Bivins offered the guys a deal on the spot. For some reason Marc Nelson would have no parts of the deal due to personality conflicts. Thus, the ever so popular quintet became a quartet. Marc Nelson later teamed up with other random vocalist and formed the group “Az Yet”. “Az Yet” didn’t have near the success that Boyz II Men was having. I’m sure Marc later regretted his actions being that the group “Az yet” couldn’t touch Boyz II Men with a ten foot pole vocally or success wise.
Boyz II Men as a quartet went on to record many chart topping albums, headline many world tours and make huge bank from their recordings. These guys, at one time were one of the most popular guy groups in the world. Mimicked and imitated by many. Many male groups, patterned themselves after Boyz II Men, recognizing that they held the key to harmonies and song structures that rendered success to 95% of their efforts.
When many think of Boyz II Men, they automatically think of “It’s so hard to say goodbye” their hit song dedicated to their road manager who was tragically shot and killed. When I think of Boyz II Men I recollect many fond memories of their 1993 Christmas Album “Christmas Interpretations”. That album is over 20 years old but it has served a special purpose in my family and many others every year since its release. The album “Christmas Interpretations” is played usually from the beginning of December until New Year’s Day and sometimes through the year when I need to just listen to a feel good song. My family anthem is “Let it Snow”. This song is often time on loop while we are erecting the Christmas tree, trimming the Christmas tree, throughout the month just to get you in the spirit, while in the car to keep us in the Christmas spirit and the whole CD is on loop as Christmas Dinner is being prepared and while we unwrap presents on Christmas morning. My cousins and I are often requested to perform “Let it Snow” as entertainment after Christmas dinner. The album “Christmas Interpretations” has become a CD of full of soulful carols to my own and from what I hear, many other families.
Today members of Boyz II Men have branched off individually and released their own projects, have reconvened to perform and tour making appearances collectively as a group minus their bass vocalist Michael McCrary. They are currently touring in Las Vegas at the Mirage, performing songs from their huge repertoire. To find out more about tour dates appearances and everything Boyz II Men visit their webpage at http://www.boyziimen.com
For the vittles for BOYZ II MEN, I decided to take a spin on Apple Pie since their music has always been as good for the soul as a warm slice of apple pie. I took a different spin making filo cups filled with delicious buttery apple filling. A great dessert for the holiday season and a little something different from your traditional Apple Pie.
Ingredients For Filling
8 cups chopped peeled apples ( I used Gala)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Ingredients for Filo Dough
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (16 oz.) pkg. frozen filo dough, thawed
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Powdered sugar for decorating at the end
1) Bring all filling ingredients to a boil in large skillet over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; gently boil for 25 minutes.
2) Crush apples with potato masher until chunky applesauce forms.
3) Allow filling to completely cool.
4) Layer 4 sheets filo dough and cut layered dough into 6-inch squares. Then butter each layer and place one on top of the other to form a star out of the dough. This will give the cups more dimension.
5) Heat oven to 350ºF. Spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in small cup.
6) Press each square into a muffin cup; fill each with 1/3 cup apple mixture. Top each cup with two layers of crinkled dough.
7) Brush tops with butter; lightly sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Repeat with remaining filo, filling, butter and cinnamon sugar. Bake 35 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.