Monday, July 21, 2014

Coffee and tea and the java and me

Once upon a time, when Aaron was in 1st grade, he wanted to take a tadpole to school for Show and Tell. The tadpole escaped when Aaron tried to fill a container in a creek but pointed it the wrong way. After what I suspect were many tears, he instead took a Manhattan Transfer album.

This is the album. I'm able to show you the front and back because we actually own two copies. On vinyl.

Fast forward to college (Wittenberg University, Springfield OH). Aaron and I met in the Witt Choir when he was a freshman and I was a sophomore. One year for the choir's annual variety show, we got a quartet together and performed "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square by The Manhattan Transfer on Grooveshark

Every spring break, while other friends traveled to Florida, we went on choir tour. Initially I was jealous of those spring breakers having fun in the sun but really, I wouldn't trade those choir tours for anything. And one of my favorite memories is listening to the Manhattan Transfer and watching Aaron immerse himself in the music, particularly the song "Java Jive."

Java Jive by The Manhattan Transfer on Grooveshark

Fast forward again to last Saturday night. The Manhattan Transfer performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at Picnic with the Pops. We had a table with six friends and feasted on our potluck offerings, which included Manhattans, of course.

Jon (far right in the above photo) told us he would bring dessert and only said that it would be "interactive."


Amazingly, the weather held and it didn't rain, and as expected, the music was fabulous.

When we got home, Aaron and I immediately listened to some Manhattan Transfer, including the album pictured above and including this song, which they didn't play but I just love it.

Operator by The Manhattan Transfer on Grooveshark

The whole evening was such a treat and brought back some wonderful memories for us!


  1. Looks like a great night! I love that you guys have history with them.

  2. Love! We sang Nightengale in choir! So did Brie! Such a amazing song!!! <3 <3 Glad you had a wonderful weekend

  3. The "interactive" dessert looks so good, I'm glad you had an amazing night.


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