Today is March 15th. The ides of March.
From Amanda Mabillard at About.com:
"In the ancient Roman calendar the "ides" was the fifteenth day of March, May, July, and October, and the thirteenth day of the other months. On March 15, 44 BC, Gaius Julius Caesar was assassinated by conspirators in the Senate House in Rome. In Shakespeare's play, Caesar passes through a public square and hears someone shout his name. Hushing the crowd, he asks the voice to speak again. A soothsayer comes into view and warns Caesar to "Beware the ides of March", but, unfortunately, Caesar ignores his premonition: "He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass"
It is therefore my great pleasure to give you, The Ides Of March performing their 1970, chart-topping song "Vehicle".
Probably the greatest song ever about what seems to be a child molester. But goddamn that horn section rocks!
SIDE STORY: There was a "garage band" when I was in high school called the Solar Eclipse. How many high school garage bands do you remember who had a kick ass horn section? At least three of the members went on to become professional musicians and are still performing today in Kansas City and Branson. I saw them bring this song into a practice session, listen to it two or three times, not take any notes at all, and then go into the studio and perform it note for fucking note like they were the JB's or Blood Sweat and Tears. Incredible.
By an amazing coinkidink, the ides of March, March 15th, is also my 2nd wife T.E.D.'s (The Egg Donor) birthday. She turns 55 today. Which means she is probably getting hot flashes, hairy cheeks and crying uncontrollably for no apparent reason. While I, on the other hand, at 52, am becoming more and more "prosperous and distinguished looking" with every passing day.
So in honor of my ex-wife's birthday, I present you with Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells". Perhaps you recognize it...
It is also the personalized ring tone for her on my cell phone.
Waiter: "Bitter" party? Table for one? Right this way, please.