Posts Tagged ‘Arlo Guthrie’

You Can Get Anything You Want at…

December 13, 2013

Alice’s Restaurant!

It’s a big day for music today in a variety of ways. Arlo Guthrie released “Alice’s Restaurant” today in 1969. Go ahead and sing; “Walk right in. It’s around the back – just a half-a-mile from the railroad track.”

More Music!

Today in 1988, three men ended their 29-hour all-466-station subway ride in New York City and to quote that great philosopher Groucho Marx; “I don’t for the life of me know why.”

What does this have to do with music? Well, it reminded me of another folk song from the hootenanny days. It was by one of those interchangeable guy groups; Limeliters, Chad Mitchell Trio, Brothers Four, AcoustiKats, whoever. It tells the woeful story of a man named Charlie who is trapped on the Boston subway system when they raise the fare while he’s riding and he lacks sufficient funds to get off the train. It’s called “The Man Who Never Returned”. Sing it if you know it and are not ashamed to show your age; “… His fate is still unlearned. He may ride forever ‘neath the streets of Boston.”

The things that stay with you…

Here are a couple of non-musical things we can celebrate today.

–          The ice cream cone was patented today by Italo Marcioni in 1903.

–          Today in 1983, Martha Layne Collins was inaugurated as Kentucky’s first female governor. I think of Gov. Collins every time I drive to Bowling Green on the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway.

–          A quick high-fashion note; the clip-on tie was designed today in 1928 – the guy had nuthin’ better to do.

–          Today in 1843, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens was published. It has done well.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Again, more music!

I’m told today is Violin Day. I don’t know why and I don’t care. But it gives me the chance to use this cocktail recipe.

GOLDEN FIDDLE COCKTAIL

1 ½ oz. Grey’s Peak Vodka

1 oz. Peach puree

1 dash Apricot bitters

Club soda as needed

Garnish with a wedge of fresh peach

Shake the vodka, puree, and bitters together and pour over ice into a Collins glass. Top with club soda and garnish.

Raise a toast to poor ol’ Charlie.

Roger

12/13/13.

If You Go Out in the Woods Today…

July 10, 2013

…you’re in for a big surprise!

According to Hallmark, today is Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day. So…”if you go out in the woods today, you better not go alone!”

You think it’s hot this afternoon?

Today in 1913 the temperature hit 134 degrees in Death Valley, California, the highest temperature ever recorded in the United States.

It’s a big day in music

–          Songwriters Cheryl Wheeler (1951) and Arlo Guthrie (1947) were both born today. I believe Nanci Griffith once referred to Mr. Guthrie as “the source of most things wise”.

–          Lexington’s favorite jazz banjo is played by Bela Fleck. Mr. Fleck was born today in 1958.

–          Today in 1964, the Beatles released “A Hard Day’s Night”. Sing! “But when I get home to you I find the things that you do make me feel all right.”

Quote of the day

I’m torn here.

Today is the birthday of French writer Marcel Proust. He was a frolicsome kind of guy who said;

“As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.”

Frolicsome.

To lighten things up a little bit, I’m going back to Arlo Guthrie;

“I don’t want a pickle. I just want to ride on my motorcycle.”

Sheer poetry.

The pride of Cynthiana

Actor Lawrence Pressman was born today in 1939.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Just thinkin’ about that ultra-hot day in Death Valley makes a pina colada sound good. Lucky for us today is also National Pina Colada Day. I’m game.

Pina Colada

½ cup Ron Diaz Light Rum

½ cup Coconut Cream

¼ cup Coconut Milk

¼ cup Pineapple Chunks

Fill blender halfway with ice cubes.

Add ingredients and puree.

Garnish with a slice of pineapple and maraschino cherry.

“It’s lovely out in the woods today, but safer to stay at home!”

Cheers!

Roger

7/10/2013.

If You Go Out in the Woods Today…

July 10, 2012

…you’re in for a big surprise!

According to Hallmark, today is Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day. So…”if you go out in the woods today, you better not go alone!”

And we thought it hot last week

Today in 1913 the temperature hit 134 degrees in Death Valley, California, the highest temperature ever recorded in the United States.

It’s a big day in music

–          Songwriters Cheryl Wheeler (1951) and Arlo Guthrie (1947) were both born today. I believe Nanci Griffith referred to Mr. Guthrie as “the source of most things wise”.

–          Lexington’s favorite jazz banjo is played by Bela Fleck. Mr. Fleck was born today in 1958.

–          Today in 1964, the Beatles released “A Hard Day’s Night”. Sing! “But when I get home to you I find the things that you do make me feel all right.”

The pride of Cynthiana

Actor Lawrence Pressman was born today in 1939.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Just thinkin’ about that ultra-hot day in Death Valley makes a pina colada sound good. Lucky for us today is also National Pina Colada Day. I’m game.

Pina Colada

½ cup Ron Diaz Light Rum

½ cup Coconut Cream

¼ cup Coconut Milk

¼ cup Pineapple Chunks

Fill blender halfway with ice cubes.

Add ingredients and puree.

Garnish with a slice of pineapple and maraschino cherry.

“It’s lovely out in the woods today, but safer to stay at home!”

Cheers!

Roger

7/10/2012.

National Sleepyhead Day

July 27, 2011

What a treat for me!

Yesterday evening, this ol’ hippie had the distinct pleasure of giving Arlo Guthrie and his family a tour of the Liquor Barn. He seemed to agree that just like Alice’s Restaurant, you can get anything you want at the Barn (‘ceptin’ Alice).

In addition to that, what should we celebrate?

–         In 1940, Bugs Bunny made his first appearance in “A Wild Hare”. No, I was not there.

–         On this day 1054, MacBeth was defeated at Dunsinane. Nor was I there, but I’m told his wife was pretty upset.

Today’s the birthday of jazz singer Karrin Allyson (1963) and Kentucky’s own Don Galloway (1937).

It’s also National Sleepyhead Day in Finland. I kid you not.

Thus, our “Cocktail 4 2Day” is;

Sleepyhead Cocktail

2 slices orange

6-8 mint leaves

1 ½ oz. Brandy

½ oz. ginger syrup

½ oz. fresh lemon juice

Ginger ale

Ice

In the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle orange slices and mint. Top with ice and add brandy, syrup and lemon juice. Shake well. Pour into an ice-filled collins glass, top with ginger ale. Garnish with orange slice.

Commence snoring.

Cheers,

Roger

7/27/11.