Posts Tagged ‘Charles Dickens’

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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.

Still Basking in the Glow of Bowling Green!

December 3, 2012

Congratulations to our new friends in Bowling Green! The football team put a serious exclamation point on an undefeated season yesterday.

There’s no business like it!

It’s a big day for show business.

–          Today in 1863, circus man Charles Ringling was born (he was not an only child – Ringling Bros. – get it?). I love the circus and I fear no clowns, not even “Killer Klowns From Outer Space”!

–          Artist Georges Seurat was born today in 1859. Mr. Seurat is the “George” of Sunday in the Park With George. (sing) “Don’t worry that your vision isn’t new. Let others make that decision…they usually do.”

–          Star of The Belle of Amherst and Member of the Wedding, Julie Harris was born today in 1925.

–          Ultimate diva, Maria Callas likewise in 1923.

–          The words in a theatre program; “by Comden and Green”, is a pretty good indication that you’re about to have a charming night in the theatre. Adolphe Green was born today in 1914. (sing again) “Unless there’s love, the world’s an empty place and every town’s a lonely town.” (sniff).

–          Today in 1867, at Tremont Temple in Boston, Charles Dickens gave his first public reading in the United States.

–          Today in 1877, Camille Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila premiered in Weimar. I would have paid scalpers’ prices.

There are other things to celebrate.

–          Ford unveiled the Model A today in 1927.

–          New York City’s LaGuardia Airport opened today in 1939.

–          It’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ birthday. Mr. Rodgers was born in 1983.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Today in 1908, Child Emperor Pu Yi ascended the Chinese throne at the age of two. Obviously there were no child labor laws in China at that time. We’ll toast the event anyway with an;

Emperor Punch Cocktail

1 cup Water

½ cup plus 3 tbsp Sugar

1 bottle Dry White Wine

¾ cup Ron Diaz Dark Rum

1 Lemon Juice

Heat the water and sugar together, stirring all the time.

Add the wine and rum and heat through again, but do not boil.

Ignite the punch with a match and burn off the alcohol. (good grief!)

Add the lemon juice to the punch and stir.

Serve in an Irish Coffee Cup.

A couple of those and you might not make the age of three. Be careful out there folks!

Cheers!

Roger

12/2/12.

Loo-ee-zee-anna!

April 30, 2012

It’s Consumer Protection Day!

…in Thailand. It really is. I don’t make much of this up…much.

A jazz birthday to celebrate;

Percy Heath was born today in 1923. Mr. Heath played bass for the Modern Jazz Quartet. That alone would qualify him for any hall-of-fame worthy of the name.

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…”

Today in 1859 Charles Dickens’ novel, A TALE OF TWO CITIES was published. I was first in line to get my copy signed (I made that part up). “It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done…”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Today in 1803 the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory for fifteen million dollars. This acquisition more than doubled the size of the young country and probably quadrupled the quality of the music.

Nine years later, today in 1812, the Territory of Orleans became the 18th state in the Union under the name Louisiana.

I have enjoyed my visits to New Orleans and I love the criminous novels of James Lee Burke. Thus I’m celebrating the state’s birthday with a;

Louisiana Well Water Cocktail

½ oz. Mandarin Vodka

½ oz. Mango Rum

½ oz. Peach Schnapps

½ oz. Southern Comfort

1 splash Triple Sec

1 splash Grenadine

1 splash Orange Juice

1 splash Pineapple Juice

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Start singin’ Randy Newman songs.

Cheers!

Roger

4/30/2012.

There’s No Business Like…

December 2, 2011

Show Business!

It’s a big day for show business.

–          Today in 1863, circus man Charles Ringling was born (he was not an only child). I love the circus and I fear no clowns, not even “Killer Klowns From Outer Space”!

–          Artist Georges Seurat was born today in 1859. Mr. Seurat is the “George” of “Sunday in the Park With George”. (sing) “Don’t worry that your vision isn’t new. Let others make that decision…they usually do.”

–          Star of “The Belle of Amherst” and “Member of the Wedding”, Julie Harris was born today in 1925.

–          Ultimate diva, Maria Callas likewise in 1923.

–          The words in a theatre program; “by Comden and Green”, is a pretty good indication that you’re about to have a charming night in the theatre. Adolphe Green was born today in 1914. (sing again) “Unless there’s love, the world’s an empty place and every town’s a lonely town.” (sniff).

–          Today in 1867, at Tremont Temple in Boston, Charles Dickens gave his first public reading in the United States.

There are other things to celebrate.

–          Ford unveiled the Model A today in 1927. It was black.

–          New York City’s LaGuardia Airport opened today in 1939.

–          Today is quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ birthday. Mr. Rodgers was born in 1983. What a great year he’s having!

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Today in 1908, Child Emperor Pu Yi ascended the Chinese throne at the age of two. Obviously there were no child labor laws in China at that time. We’ll toast the event with an;

Emperor Punch Cocktail

1 cup Water

½ cup plus 3 tbsp Sugar

1 bottle Dry White Wine

¾ cup Ron Diaz Dark Rum

1 Lemon Juice

Heat the water and sugar together, stirring all the time.

Add the wine and rum and heat through again, but do not boil.

Ignite the punch with a match and burn off the alcohol. (good grief!)

Add the lemon juice to the punch and stir.

Serve in an Irish Coffee Cup.

A couple of those and you might not make the age of three. Be careful out there folks!

Cheers!

Roger

12/2/11.

Why Celebrate Today? 12/17/2008

December 17, 2008

Why Celebrate Today? Btms^ for December 17th

 Only 8 days till Christmas, and 14 days till New Year’s Eve!

On December 17,

In 1843  — Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was published.

How about some Evan Williams Bourbon Egg Nog to conjure up all the Spirits?

In 1903, The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, first took flight.

Do you think they’d prefer a toast with Skyy Vodka or something in those little  50 ml. “airplane” bottles?

In 1915, Joan Woodbury (actor in the movie; “Whiskey Galore” – aka “Tight Little Island”) was born.

I know…who cares! But with a title like “Whiskey Galore” and the fact we have over 200 Bourbons and whiskeys, we had to go there!

In 1933, the 1st professional football game was played. (Chicago Bears vs New York Giants).

A game that big, with ‘da Bears and ‘da Giants, would definitely call for rolling out a Keg of Beer, which would mean a call to Liquor Barn, your ultimate Keg Source!

  Btms^