Wonderful Tunes Provided By Friends. Wild Tangents Provided By Me.

“How Are Things In Glocca Morra” was composed by Burton Lane and the lyrics were written by E. Y. Harburg. It was first introduced in 1947 in the musical “Finnian’s Rainbow” but it has since become a jazz standard. Sonny Rollins recorded it on his Blue Note debut album “Sonny Rollins, Volume One.” It’s a beautiful song for a warm, sunny, beautiful St Patrick’s Day.

Irish people have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for over 1000 years but the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York in 1762. It’s such a big holiday in Chicago (my home town) that, in addition to the 50 billion parades, they dye the river green to celebrate the occasion.

Chicago River Dyed Green

Chicago River Dyed Green

I never wear green on St. Patrick’s Day on account of unpleasantness not worth dredging up here. I will, however, be making corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes for dinner because some traditions are just too darned delicious to ignore!


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