144. Alexander - ‘Alexander’ + Cherry Sling

Alexander - ‘Alexander’ + Cherry Sling

Ingredients: 2 ounces cherry brandy, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1 twist lemon peel

Mixing Instructions: Pour brandy and lemon juice into an old-fashioned glass over ice and stir.  Garnish with lemon twist and serve.

Notes: Alexander Ebert said in an interview that a large part of overcoming his drug addiction had to do with facing and accepting death.  As one listens to his solo project under the name Alexander, as well as his work as front man for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, one senses that his proximity with death produced in him a much sharper focus concerning life — as if he sees the world in HD, while most are stuck with standard definition.  The contrast of vividly introspective lyrics in songs like “Truth” with the casual, sing-songy manner in which the songs are styled makes it seem as though the wisdom contained within can only be received with a child-like heart…and maybe that’s the point.  An album that always draws smiles when brought out for friends, make a round of Cherry Slings and let Alexander stir your soul. 

purchase vinyl: good luck, very rare (try Discogs/eBay)