Moody Blue

The Moody Blue LP is made of blue vinyl
I finished reading a chapter in The Hobbit to Ruby. Before I could ask, "What do you want to do now?" she said, "Let's go play a record."

"Sure.  You pick something."

She flipped through the shelf.

"Oh, I didn't know we had more Elvis!"

She handed me my father's well-worn copy of Moody Blue... an LP I've heard at least a thousand times since it came out in the late 70s. This record always fascinated me because it was pressed with blue vinyl.

"Cooool," Ruby breathed when I put the glowing disk in front of a lamp.

We lounged on the sofa through side A.  When I flipped the record over, I grabbed Ruby to dance.

I cranked up the volume. "Now this is 70s!" I said as "Way Down" played.  We danced and laughed and tried in vain to hit that low note at the end of the chorus.  "Way oh, way oh down... way down"

Blasting the lid off  the 70s KITSCH-O-METER is the following performance from "Top of Pops" 1977!

For this record, I suggest a Blue Riband.  The orange liquors balance the gin without becoming overly sweet... and believe you me, you don't want sweet when listening to this celebration of campy country that most certainly contributed to Elvis' ridicule as he plummeted over the pop culture cliff, fat, schlocky, and still proudly squeezing into that Evel Knievel-like eagle jumpsuit.

two martini glasses with Blue Riband cocktails
Recipe for a Blue Riband

2 oz. London dry gin
1 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Blue Curacao

Shake ingredients with crushed ice.  Strain. Drop a Maraschino cherry into the bottom.


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