Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A strange least the priorities are straight...

"I'd rather be sitting here at home talking to you on the phone than sitting at a bar drinking beer alone."

"I doubt that. You love beer."

"Yes, but I love you even more than I love beer."

"Really. That's sweet."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Today's Cue: Showdown by ELO

I rediscoverd this song recently on my mp3 player. It came up as part of a playlist I downloaded. ELO was the first band of the modern rock era to widely incorporate orchestral instruments into it's music - and that is never more evident than on this single.

Showdown is dominated by strings. You can hear the electric bass and a lone keyboard, but the first 2/3 of the song is primarily strings. Big deal, you say. Probably a ballad.

Hardly. This song rocks. But the arrangement is so magnificent, it's easy to overlook that you don't hear an electric guitar until a solo after the first two verses and choruses. Jeff Lynne was a genius at creating elaborate, glorious orchestral rock. ELO had a bevy of hits in it's heyday, and this is one of the best.

Today's Brew: Buttface Amber Ale

This nice little brew comes from Big Horn Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado - a sister company to CB & Potts Restaurant.

Buttface Amber Ale is incredibly smooth drinking. Great malty flavor with very little hoppiness. The interesting thing about this one is that is has a rather creamy finish - uncharacteristic in most of the other ambers that I've tried.

I've had this beer from the tap at Potts and from the bottle - which is done in limited availability (I found a six-pack at Total Beverage in Northglenn, CO). If you pick up the bottled version - the brew sets up much nicer if you decant first and let it breathe for a minute. I would recommend a glass for this one.