Gin. The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World.
“I met a gin-soaked bar room queen in Memphis…”
There is good reason to celebrate gin in song for us, because we have such a long track record in bringing them to life through design. Here is a beginner’s guide, a simple A-Z of Gin. It has had a huge influence on songwriting, especially for people called either Blind Willy or Hank. Therefore, for those of you who might be allergic to Alcohol, Blues or Country, think of this as a health warning, but we have tried to dilute the effects by stirring in some choice mixers – Gin goes with almost anything.
Try to think of it as a social catalyst, a way of life, a universal lubricant.
Are you ready? “I been drinkin’ gin like never before” Muddy Waters – I’m Ready:
So, what is so great about Gin? The Magnetic Fields – Love is Like a Bottle of Gin:
Sounds great! But where does the word ‘gin’ come from? (Jenever). John Otway – Geneva:
The basic methods and ingredients of distillation: “Distilled gin is produced exclusively by redistilling ethanol of agricultural origin with an initial strength of 96% ABV” Lionel Richie – Still:
Spirit – I Got A Line On You:
“Distilled in the presence of juniper berries and of other natural botanicals, provided that the juniper taste is predominant” Juniper – In The Interest Of Time:
Donovan – Jennifer Juniper:
Other essential accessories to enhance the perfect gin…
Everybody feel alright? Do you want some ice in that? KISS – Cold Gin:
Led Zeppelin – The Lemon Song:
Marcy Playground – Gin and Money:
Several brands are available.
Johnnie Johnson – Tanqueray:
Tanqueray® No. TEN™:
Booth’s Dry Gin:
And Plymouth (tenuously). Seth Lakeman – Henry Clark:
The Barracudas – Summer Fun:
Some tips on how to get the best from your Gin enjoyment.
You should really buy your own. Hank Snow – The Night I Stole Old Sammy Morgan’s Gin:
Don’t overfill the glass in case you spill it. Tom Waits – Gin Soaked Boy:
Be careful where you hang out; “If this joint is raided somebody give my gin”. Nina Simone – Gin House Blues:
It makes a big difference who you drink it with; “She’d get me pretty loaded on gin”. Ryan Adams – Sylvia Plath:
Could make you a little bit anxious about your sweetheart. Gin Blossoms – Hey Jealousy:
Please pace yourself. Mojo Nixon – Gin Gizzlin’ Frenzy:
Just don’t blame it all on the Gin. The Velvet Underground – Oh Gin:
And don’t overestimate the spirit’s abilities to solve problems; “Now all you got to offer me’s a drink of gin”. Julie London – Why Don’t You Do Right:
After all that debauchery, it’s good to meet someone who’s given it all up; “Give me a cup of hot tea”. Sounds like a good idea for a theme for a List. Lightin’ Hopkins – Gin Bottle Blues:
Let’s finish on a song that might be about Gin, but could actually be about all sorts of things – like Cotton Gins*; “On the tiara, by the gin’s rack”. Cocteau Twins – Persephone:
Our cup runneth over.
Please drink responsibly but listen irresponsibly.
*A machine that quickly and easily separates cotton fibres from their seeds
This week’s gin-soaked Spotify playlist can be listened to here:
Gin and machinery info source: Wikipedia.com