College Basketball Starts Today!

Don’cha wish?

It actually did start today in 1893 when the first recorded college basketball game occurred in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. I assume Beaver Falls was ranked number one at the time.

Also today, in baseball;

In 1974, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth’s 39-year-old record.

We have musical birthdays today.

–          Lyricist Yip Harburg was born today in 1896. Mr. Harburg gave us “Brother Can You Spare a Dime”, “April in Paris”, “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, and all the songs in “The Wizard of Oz”. Whew! Sing! “It wouldn’t be make-believe if you believed in me.”

–          Belgian songwriter/singer Jacques Brel was also born today in 1929. Mr. Brel’s clever and poignant songs were introduced to most English-speaking people in the cabaret-style presentation “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris”. Sing! “If the sea could recall, the waves would surely say I sang so many songs for Fanette that day.”

–          The songs of Mssrs. Harburg and Brel could not be better sung (in my not-so-humble opinion) by anyone on the planet than by Carmen McRae, born today in 1920. She is simply the best of the best for me.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

First, let me wish the happiest and warmest of Easter Sundays to you and your loved ones.

Our Easter dinner will be accompanied by two wines I’ve not tried before. I’m looking forward to them;

–          Castillo de Jumilla Bianco 2010 (Spain)

–          Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2010 (New Zealand)

Plus, I’ll throw in another celebratory libation for the holiday.

Today in 1820 the Venus de Milo was discovered on the Aegean island of Melos. No…not by me. Let’s celebrate that discovery with a;

Venus de Milo Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Cointreau

1 mug Hot Chocolate

Combine…duh!

Cheers!

Roger

4/8/12.

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