Monday, June 4, 2012

Road Trip! The Constitution State

The family went on an actual road trip this weekend (to The Sweetest Place On Earth) so I'm late getting to our next two states.  Got some coffee?  Good, let's get moving. 

Connecticut is our next stop and for our first act we're setting the wayback machine.  Sophie Tucker was born in Tulchyn, Ukraine but her family emigrated when she was an infant and wound up in Hartford, CT where her family opened a restaurant.  Tucker first appeared with the Ziegfeld Follies in 1909 and performed almost up to her death from lung cancer in 1966.  Mama Cass Elliot and Bette Midler among others have called her an influence and she's probably most famous for "Some of These Days" from 1911.

On pretty much the other end of the musical spectrum from Sophie is Thurston Moore, the guitar player, singer and songwriter from Sonic Youth.  While he grew up in Bethel, CT he was born in Florida in 1958 and I bring that up because if ever someone had a painting in the attic it's Thurston.  "Incinerate" is from SY's 2006 album Rather Ripped.

I think we'll leave it there for now.  Tomorrow we're headed to Rhode Island, home of the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University and you know what that means:  college bands.  I'll get the keg. 

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