I wanted to be sure to give everybody enough lead time to get ready to celebrate National Coffee Day on Sept. 29.
Here, for all of you coffee-philes and fanatics, is an all-you-need-to-know, highly caffeinated toast to that popular morning (and, often, day-long) fuel.
Moody music and steaming-hot cups of joe were omnipresent themes in the two-season, coffee-centric “Twin Peaks,” one of my all-time TV favorites. (It’s hard to believe that the ground-breaking David Lynch-Mark Frost series already is 20 years old. Frost, of course, has Minnesota ties, thanks to his actor dad, Warren Frost, the show’s kindly, fatherly town doctor, Dr. Will Hayward. Warren got his doctorate in theater arts from the University of Minnesota.)
There are plenty of songs about coffee, too.
We’ll start with Frank Sinatra’s clever 1946 international ode, “The Coffee Song (“They’ve Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil).”
And there are plenty more:
• “Black Coffee,” by Ella Fitzgerald
• “Black Coffee in Bed,” by Squeeze
• “Coffee Break,” from the Broadway show “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
• “I’ll Just Have a Cup of Coffee (Then I’ll Go),” by Claude Gray
• Irving Berlin’s “Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee,” by Glenn Miller
• “Sugar Shack,” the story of the quintessential coffeehouse, by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
• The classic “Java Jive,” performed here by Manhattan Transfer