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Music and Cocktails: Fire and Rain

Music and Cocktails: Fire and Rain

For most of us who grew up in the 70s, James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” was one of those songs that became like a puzzle to figure out. The lyrics were ambiguous, and we had no real way to uncover their meaning other than to think about them, and talk about them, and draw our own conclusions. Taylor’s mention of “Susanne” in the first stanza led many of us to believe that she must have been a love interest of his. The later reference to “sweet dreams and flying machines” prompted the thought that

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Music and Cocktails: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

Music and Cocktails: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

You already know where I’m going with today’s post; in fact, you’re already singing along, right?? “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” was the lead track on the album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme in 1966, but it was not released as a single until 1968 after it had appeared on the soundtrack for the movie The Graduate. I didn’t become aware of this song until it was included as part of the Greatest Hits album, which I listened to on repeat during the summer of 1973. I was fascinated by the two interwoven

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Movie Bars: Wait Outside C-3PO

Movie Bars: Wait Outside C-3PO

Occasionally we’ve all found ourselves in the unfortunate position of being at a bar, or a party, or the dreaded wedding reception where we don’t know a soul. It’s the most awkward feeling in the world, right? We try to act cool, and casual, as if we totally belong in this completely foreign environment, but inside all we want to do is run out the door as fast as our feet can take us there. This happened to me not all that long ago, and the scene from the original Star Wars that takes place in the

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Music and Cocktails: Speak to Me

Music and Cocktails: Speak to Me

To say that I spend time thinking about relationships between people is a true statement, wouldn’t you agree? So many of my posts are written about the subject of love, whether it’s romantic (that’s my favorite), or platonic, or what we feel for our children or our parents. Human interaction fascinates me, especially because the relationship that exists between any two people is something that has presence, weight, and importance, yet it has no real substance. It’s impossible to measure, evaluate, or analyze in

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Movie Bars: Grace Under Pressure

Movie Bars: Grace Under Pressure

One of the best parts of doing these Movie Bar posts is that I get the opportunity to watch some of my favorite films again and see them in a totally new light. The subject of this week’s post, Midnight in Paris, is certainly no exception. Released to much critical acclaim in 2011, the movie was written and directed by Woody Allen, and actually won the Oscar that year for Best Original Screenplay. I watched it the first time around with my daughter Wendy in anticipation of our unforgettable trip to Paris in

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