21 December 2017

Day 9 of The 13 Days of Zappaness, 2017 Edition—The Birthday Day

For FZ’s 77th birthday, let us hie back unto the legendary Centerville Recreational Facility.  When did I first learn that Jeff was stealing the towels?

It was a magickal spring in NoVa, 1988 it may have been, and a chance walk-in at a strip-mall budget bookstore.  Yes, it was there that (of course) I riffled through a shoebox of cassette tapes (one bearing the inscription “To Bebe w/ love—Dick”) when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a double-long cassette of the 200 Motels soundtrack.  I don’t say that my girlfriend at the time didn’t think I was crazy;  but then, there are reasons she ain’t my girlfriend no more.

Could this have been the first I was aware of Theodore Bikel?  Very probably, very probably.  And now, one more benediction for the world.

Day 9, “Strictly Genteel” (from 200 Motels)

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