Fleetwood Mac - ‘Rumours’ + Cafe Amore
Ingredients: 1 ounce Cognac, 1 ounce amaretto, black coffee, whipped cream, shaved almonds for garnish
Mixing Instructions: Pour the Cognac and amaretto into an Irish coffee glass. Fill with hot coffee and top with whipped cream and shaved almonds.
Notes: When one starts collecting vinyl they become grossly aware of everyone else’s vinyl collection…or lack thereof. Two things I picked up on after acquiring this newfound spidey-sense: 1) There is a gross under-representation of J Dilla among 22-40 yr old, college-educated listeners and 2) everyone has Fleetwood Mac Rumours. Why this album? My guess is nostalgia and high availability in the value bin of the record store (40mil album sales=large supply)…and yes, the music is on point, the band’s 1977 release is a classic in every sense with multiple tracks perched confidently among the era’s best. If you want to understand the sonic magic of vinyl just turn up “Never Going Back Again” on an even semi-decent system…it’s glorious. After a few hot coffee cocktails the spinning of the band’s eleventh studio album transports one into the heart of Don Draper’s Kodak carousel pitch,
Nostalgia - it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound.” It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards and forwards…it takes us to a place where we ache to go again…It let’s us travel the way a child travels - around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved.