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Hey Good Lookin'

This famous Hank William’s hit from the 50’s was adapted from another tune of the same name originally written by legendary composer Cole Porter in 1942. As the story goes, William’s friend/musician Jimmy Dickens was in need of a hit so Hank Williams took it upon himself to write him a tune. Apparently he wrote the 1951 version in only.......

Tequila

In honour of the purchase I made at the duty free shop on my way back from Mexico, I have chosen “Tequila” as my song of the week. My Mom and Dad enjoy the odd drink of this cactus based elixir most often made from the Blue Agave plant so naturally I picked up a bottle for them. The distilled beverage is named for the area surrounding the city of Tequila where many of these indigenous plants grow. 

The song “Tequila” is a happy, upbeat instrumental with a Cuban mambo beat and only one lyric. The word........

Besame Mucho

Winter gets pretty long in Toronto so I have escaped to warm weather on Isla Mujeres which literally translated means the Island of Women. History states that when a Spanish slave trader from Cuba  named Francisco Hernandez Cordova came to the island in 1517 looking for silver, gold and slaves he found temples, ruins, a few gold artifacts and statues of women; the Mayan goddess Ixchel and her daughter's and daughter in laws Ixchebeliax, Ixhunie and Ixhunieta. The island was supposedly a sanctuary for Ixchel who was goddess of the moon, fertility, medicine and happiness. At the ruins of what was believed to be her temple is where the sun casts its first light on Mexico as it rises each day. 

In 1940, there was a young Mexican female songwriter named Consuelo Velasquez who wrote one of the most popular recorded love songs of all times......

Oh My Darling Clementine

I spent the last few days in Ottawa visiting my folks. I do a fare bit of cooking for them when I’m there and while I was at it in the kitchen there was a clementine on the counter that I decided to have. Not in the mood for my usual sit down, eat it one section at a time approach I decided to take the knife I was cutting vegetables with and slice it down the middle as if I were cutting a grapefruit. I took one half of the fruit and pushed gently on the outside end to push the fruit away from the skin. The little sections separated themselves from the peel with ease and I was able to remove the fruit in one or two quick bites. Like eating a section of an orange but with the undeniable sweetness of a clementine. 

This weeks song of the week has been chosen in honour of my temporary cooking companion.

 

Music, Music, Music

There are certain happy songs that instantly bring a smile to the faces of my participants. “Music, Music, Music”, a number one hit from 1950 performed by Theresa Brewer is unquestionably one of them. It’s an incredible upbeat tune written in 1949 by Stephen Weiss and Bernie Baum. Apparently, when it first came out, some radio stations were reluctant to play it because.......