Love and happiness . . . this picture makes me feel good inside. It makes me think of a rundown little honky tonk in a tiny town . . . one of those towns with crooked streets and more taverns than there were bakeries, grocery stores, and churches combined. It was the place where my sister, Ranger, and I used to go dancing every Friday night. Friday night dancing . . . we wouldn’t have missed it for all the Joe in Latin America, Africa, and the Asia Pacific combined — the music was just that good.
At the end of every night, the band would be casing up their instruments and the music man, Dan the Band Man, used to plug “Love and Happiness” into the speakers to quell our demand for “More! More!” His intent, I am guessing, was meant to settle us foot stompers down from a rousing rendition of “Congo Square” or “Love Shack.”
Well, after a night of dancing in this establishment, I can tell you that a Saturday-morning-after-Friday-night-dancing cup of Joe was just what I needed. This place was a hoot and a half, and I am feeling a story coming on. Yep. I can just feel it.
For your Saturday fun and enjoyment, here is some music for you to enjoy. I am dedicating these two tunes to Dan the Band Man and to Orville Johnson, who can play the best cover of “Congo Square” I have ever danced to — wishing them happy music and good coffee.
Love this version of Al Green’s Love and Happiness!
. . . and I have to add Sonny Landreth into this mix . . . so awesome! All you have to do is listen to the first riffs of this song, and you know you are going to love it!
Life is a lively event. Listen to music, drink coffee, and get to it.
Boots the Badass Coffee Babe