Posts Tagged ‘George Gershwin’

It’s Ed Wood Day!

October 10, 2013

Some of my favorite things happened today.

George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” opened on Broadway today in 1935. “One of these mornin’s, you’re gonna rise up singin’. You’re gonna spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky.” I’ll celebrate that.

And if we’re going to the opera, we could wear a tux! The tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at the Autumn Ball in Tuxedo Park, New York today in 1886. I love to wear a tuxedo. If creation had taken just one more day, I believe we’d all be born in tuxes.

Two of my favorite songwriters were born today; Johnny Green (1908) and John Prine (1946). Mr. Green gave us “Body and Soul”, “I Cover the Waterfront” and “Easy Come, Easy Go”. Mr. Prine gave us “Muhlenberg County” and a gazillion (I counted) other songs that resonate perfectly with my generation and its geography.

Should an angel happen to drift to Earth and happen to decide to play the piano, I suspect the angel would play like Thelonius Monk. Mr. Monk was born today in 1917. We’ll ask Mr. Monk for our quote of the day; “I don’t know what other people are doing – I just know about me.”

Edward D. Wood, Jr. was born today in 1924. Screen director/writer/actor par execrable, Mr. Wood gave us such timeless classics as PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, GLEN OR GLENDA?, and DEVIL’S NIGHT ORGY. Inexplicably, none of these have yet been made into Broadway musicals. Go figure. He also launched the film careers of the Tor Johnson and the Amazing Keskin. Thanks, Mr. Wood…I think.

Drink 4cast 4 2day.

I’m returning to our trusty tuxedo for today’s libation.

Tuxedo Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Dry Vermouth

1 ½ oz. Royal James Gin

¼ tsp. Maraschino Liqueur

¼ tsp. Anisette

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour all the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.

Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with cherry.

Straighten your tie.

Cheers!

Roger

10/10/13.

Grab Yer Tux!

October 10, 2012

Some of my favorite things happened today.

George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” opened on Broadway today in 1935. “One of these mornin’s, you’re gonna rise up singin’. You’re gonna spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky.” I’ll celebrate that.

And if we’re going to the opera, we could wear a tux! The tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at the Autumn Ball in Tuxedo Park, New York today in 1886. I love to wear a tuxedo. If creation had taken just one more day, I believe we’d all be born in tuxes.

Two of my favorite songwriters were born today; Johnny Green (1908) and John Prine (1946). Mr. Green gave us “Body and Soul”, “I Cover the Waterfront” and “Easy Come, Easy Go”. Mr. Prine gave us “Muhlenberg County” and a gazillion (I counted) other songs that resonate perfectly with my generation and its geography.

Should an angel happen to drift to Earth and decide to play the piano, I suspect the angel would play like Thelonius Monk. Mr. Monk was born today in 1917.

Edward D. Wood, Jr. was born today in 1924. Screen director/writer/actor par execrable, Mr. Wood gave us such timeless classics as “Plan 9 From Outer Space”, Glen or Glenda?” & “Devil’s Night Orgy.” Thanks, Mr. Wood…I think.

Drink 4cast 4 2day.

I’m returning to our trusty tuxedo for today’s libation.

Tuxedo Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Dry Vermouth

1 ½ oz. Royal James Gin

¼ tsp. Maraschino Liqueur

¼ tsp. Anisette

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour all the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.

Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with cherry.

Straighten your tie.

Cheers!

Roger

10/10/12.

Put Up Your Dukes!

April 29, 2012

It’s a big day for rockin’ on Broadway!

–          Today in 1968 the musical “Hair” opened on Broadway. I suppose you could say it was the dawning of “the dawning of the age of Aquarius!” Or you could just sing it.

–          Also, today in 1992 the musical “Rent” opened on Broadway. Janie and I have been part of the “rush” at a performance of “Rent”. Yes we were probably the oldest people there but we felt pretty cool about it. Indulge the geezers.

There are a couple of interesting birthdays today.

–          Rafael Sabatini was born today in 1875. Mr. Sabatini gave us the historical adventure novels; THE SEA-HAWK, CAPTAIN BLOOD, and SCARAMOUCHE. The film featuring Errol Flynn made from THE SEA-HAWK is my favorite Errol Flynn flick.

–          Today in 1912 was the birthday of actor Richard Carlson. Mr. Carlson appeared in a remarkable number of films that are today described as “cult”. Those films include; “It Came From Outer Space”, “The Creature From the Black Lagoon”, “The Magnetic Monster”, and “Tormented” (of tiny interest to 1950’s jazz fans).

Drink 4cast 4 2day

–          Today in 2011 Prince William the Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton got hitched.

–          Duke Ellington was born today in 1899. Ellington and George Gershwin might be America’s two mightiest contributions to the planet’s music.

In honor to our dukes let’s have a;

Duke Cocktail

4 oz. Champagne

½ oz. Triple Sec

½ tsp. Maraschino Liqueur

2 tsp. Lemon Juice

1 tsp. Orange Juice

1 Egg

Shake all ingredients except champagne in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Strain into a flute and fill with chilled champagne.

Start singin’; “You ain’t been blue…no…no…no.”

Cheers!

Roger

4/29/2012.

Before Anthony Davis…

February 12, 2012

…there was Bill Russell.

The greatest basketball shot-blocker I ever saw was Bill Russell…until I saw Anthony Davis. Mr. Russell wrote the book on how to block shots – many many shots – and keep the ball in play. As great as he was though, I don’t believe he could have envisioned what young Anthony Davis is currently doing. Watching Mr. Davis rain agony on the shooters in the SEC, however, does remind me happily of how great Bill Russell was years before.

Today is Bill Russell’s day of birth in 1934.

A double “Bond” girl!

Actor Maud Adams was born today in 1945. Ms. Adams is the only actress I know of to play two different major love interests in two different James Bond films; “The Man With the Golden Gun” and “Octopussy”.

The most important birthday today?

That would be Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln in 1809.

One of my favorite pieces of music was born today.

George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” premiered today in 1924 in New York City. No, I was not there, but I know all the words.

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Today in 1733, Englishman James Oglethorpe founded Georgia, the thirteenth colony of the thirteen colonies and its first city at Savannah. Janie and I have fond memories of Savannah and of course, I loved “the book”. Thus we’ll make that city our libation inspiration for today.

Savannah Cocktail

1 dash Crème de Cacao White

1 oz. Royal James Gin

2 oz. Orange Juice

The whites of one egg

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

Notice that was “shaken…not stirred”.

Cheers!

Roger

2/12/12.