Posts Tagged ‘Thelonius Monk’

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.

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat!

May 8, 2013

Writer Peter Benchley was born today in 1940. Mr. Benchley struck a nerve and struck it rich with his novel JAWS. I remember reading the opening chapter and I don’t believe I’ve taken a bath since. Rest easy, I have showered. I suppose I’ll be in real hygienic distress if I watch “Psycho” again.

You gotta be careful namin’ things!

Today in 1541, Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River and misnamed it Rio de Espiritu Santo. Thankfully, the name was later amended by nearby songwriters to something sensible with cadence.

Speaking of songs…

–          Mary Lou Williams was born today in 1910. Jazz pianist and arranger, Ms. Williams played and wrote with Duke Ellington, Andy Kirk, Art Blakey, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey. She mentored many of the emerging Bebop artists of the 40’s and 50’s including Thelonius Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. Ms. Williams was an American treasure.

–          Rock crooner Ricky Nelson was also born today in 1940. I challenge anyone to listen to Mr. Nelson and not sing along.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Jaws Cocktail

½ oz. Durango Tequila

½ oz. Triple Sec

½ oz. Denaka Vodka

1 dash Cranberry Juice

1 dash Lime Juice

8 oz. Red Bull

Combine all ingredients except Red Bull into a shaker with ice.

Shake and pour into an ice-filled highball glass and fill with Red Bull.

I can hear that creepy music right now.

Cheers!

Roger

5/8/2013.

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.

“We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat!”

May 8, 2012

Writer Peter Benchley was born today in 1940. Mr. Benchley struck a nerve and struck it rich with his novel JAWS. I remember reading the opening chapter and I don’t believe I’ve taken a bath since. Rest easy, I have showered. I suppose I’ll be in real hygienic distress if I watch “Psycho” again.

Think of the songs that would have been messed up!

Today in 1541, Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River and named it Rio de Espiritu Santo. Thankfully, the name was later amended by nearby songwriters to something sensible with cadence.

Speaking of songs…

–          Mary Lou Williams was born today in 1910. Jazz pianist and arranger, Ms. Williams played and wrote with Duke Ellington, Andy Kirk, Art Blakey, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey. She mentored many of the emerging Bebop artists of the 40’s and 50’s including Thelonius Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. Ms. Williams was an American treasure.

–          Rock crooner Ricky Nelson was also born today in 1940. I challenge anyone to listen to Mr. Nelson and not sing along.

A quick shout out to Rosetta!

I had the pleasant experience of getting a sneak preview of Lexington’s newest downtown restaurant. Rosetta will open today for lunch – dinner in the near future. The rooms are lovely and the appetizers last night were delicious. It’s a vibrant location as well, at the corner of Short and Lime. Janie and I will certainly be visiting again. Good luck to the whole Rosetta team!

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Jaws Cocktail

½ oz. Durango Tequila

½ oz. Triple Sec

½ oz. Denaka Vodka

1 dash Cranberry Juice

1 dash Lime Juice

8 oz. Red Bull

Combine all ingredients except Red Bull into a shaker with ice.

Shake and pour into an ice-filled highball glass and fill with Red Bull.

I can hear that creepy shark music right now.

Cheers!

Roger

5/8/2012.

Ed Woods + Verdi = Good Vibrations!

October 10, 2011

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. I’m convinced if creation had taken just one more day, 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.

Other things happened today.

–         The Naval School (later renamed the United States Naval Academy) opened today in 1845.

–         The Beach Boys released “Good Vibrations” in 1966. Releasing good vibrations is always worth celebrating.

–         After being sold, dismantled and shipped to the United States, London Bridge reopened today (1971) in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Can you imagine the Fedex charge on that?

–         The Great One, Wayne Gretzke made his National Hockey League debut today in 1979.

–         Liz Taylor and Richard Burton remarried today in 1975 after a 16-month divorce. Easy come, easy go indeed.

And there are other birthdays of interest.

–         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…I think.

–         Opera composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813) shares this birthday with French painter Antoine Watteau (1684).

–         Legendary quarterback and several times retiree Brett Favre was born today in 1969.

–         Queen of the American stage Helen Hayes (1900) shares this birthday with British playwright Harold Pinter (1930).

It never stops –  there’s a little bit more.

–         It’s Arbor Day in Poland (I’m not touchin’ it).

–         It’s Independence Day in Fiji.

–         It’s World Mental Health Day (we may need it after all this celebration).

Finally…there’s our Drink 4cast 4 2day.

I’m returning to our trusty tuxedo for today’s libation. I always want to be well-dressed for World Mental Health Day.

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

10/10/11.