The Palace of Nostalgia
Jazz, blues and nostalgia, by Sjaak Roodenburg. Hmm, good!
A Palace that’s finger licking good with an array of food and drinks. This goes from the scorzonera and kholrabi of Drs P. (‘voedsel voor langzame, lelijke paarden’ food for slow ans ugly horses) to the delicious potato chips of comedian Slim Gaillard. Harry Reser, the banjo player who impressed his audiences by playing two instruments at the same time, brings frozen chocolate to the table, also the subject of Maria Dieke songs at the Skymasters. We also have an unknown song by the Gershwin brothers – ‘Let ‘em eat cake’ – in a fierce interpretation by Emil Coleman’s Riviera Orchestra during the crisis. Actor Robert Mitchum is hoping for rain to fall in California since that will be good for the grape harvest over there and he really needs good wine after some women trouble. We learn where that can lead to from Frans Halsema, who in ‘Moeder Alcohol’ (Mother Alcohol) tells how drinking affected the lives of Frits van Dongen and some guy named Gerry, who started drinking sherry and now has moved on to cognac. We forget these bitter taste by listening to in ‘Bubbles in my wine’ by Freddy Martin, who was sometimes called ‘Mr. Silvertone’ because of his ‘sweet music’. Mel Tormé gives us the recipe for a good romance, Frank Sinatra and the ‘Coffee Song’ and Ted Weems gives as a swinging cloud of milk in our koffie. And then there are Harry Connick Junior, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan and Annette Hanshaw.