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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.

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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.


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.