There’s a line from an old movie that goes, “It’s easier to change your mind than you cafe.” After a couple years of intractability, neighbor and Millennial Fogey columnist DCG and I had our morning coffee today at a new cafe. It’s a longer walk, but the coffee is better and so is the music.
When a jazz rendition of the standard “My Honey’s Loving Arms” came on, hardly the most popular tune of all time, I lit up. I plunk the song out myself on the piano, and first heard it from Duke Ellington and his female vocalist Ivie Anderson, my favorite female jazz singer. The fogey countered with his favorite, Sarah Vaughan.
What does this have to do with the headline and image above? Allow me to do a little blogging improv and tie these multiple themes together.
The weather is unbelievably fine today here in New York, so it might as well be spring, which just so happens to be the title of another old song. And DCG was wearing a sunshine-appropriate pink buttondown (I was in navy and white, in preparation for a lunchtime tennis match). Now just last night I’d watched the 1997 movie “Contact,” which I’d somehow never seen despite an interest in astronomy and science fiction. There’s a supporting character who smokes a pipe and, in the scene above, wears a monogrammed pink buttondown. Now if Dr. Matt Taylor had worn one like that, instead of the one he did during the Rosetta Mission, he would have simply been called a twit instead of a sexist.
So there you go. Spring is here, the perfect time for pink shirts. And below is DCG’s favorite singer Sarah Vaughan doing Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “It Might As Well Be Spring.”
Spring, jazz, buttondowns, coffee, pipes, tennis, science fiction, good friends — these are a few of my favorite things. — CC