Something For A Monday

It was a delightful if busy weekend. Saturday, as I wrote here, we went to Minneapolis to see the touring version of So You Think You Can Dance. The performances were well-done, and our seats – raised at the rear of the arena – were quite good.

Also quite good was our pre-performance meal: We ate at Kieran’s Irish Pub, newly relocated to near the Target Center (and the new Target Field). During the years I worked in downtown Minneapolis, I occasionally walked past the pub at its Nicollet Avenue location and thought about investing the time and funds to eat there, but I never did. I’m glad I waited to share it with the Texas Gal. She dined on pecan-encrusted halibut, creamed spinach, and a soft drink while I enjoyed Irish sausages, peas and mashed potatoes with an amazingly good gravy on the side, and – what else? – a Guinness.

And having come through Halloween yesterday, I pondered November first this morning.  I recall that nineteen years ago today, a Friday, I awoke to more than eight inches of snow on the ground, the first salvo of a storm that would by the end of that weekend drop more than twenty-eight inches of snow on the Twin Cities and other areas in Minnesota.

Not wanting to commemorate the blizzard of 1991 until its 20th anniversary next year, I wondered what else happened over the years on November 1.  So I went to Wikipedia and discovered that the late Rich Grech, bassist for Family, Blind Faith, Traffic and Ginger Baker’s Air Force, was born November 1, 1946, in Bordeaux, France. Good enough.

Here’s a video for “Face in the Cloud” and “Emotions,” the final two tracks on Family’s 1969 album, Family Entertainment. Grech wrote “Face in the Cloud” and co-wrote “Emotions” with Roger Chapman and John “Charlie” Whitney. Grech died in 1990.

We’ll see you tomorrow with something fun.


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