The Ideal Piano Bar Date

Someday I'm going to get the bloggers to hold a meeting in Carmel. After the serious biz is done, we'll retire to the Mission Ranch Piano Bar where the Big Trunk will be my date (I hope he's not married).

He'll get the crowd going by doing Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire

I'll keep them soaring as I launch into American Pie

We'll join up in tribute to celebrate Harold Arlen's 100th Birthday with I've Got the World on a String

Maybe Glen Campbell (an avid golfer and friend of Clint Eastwood) will be in the bar and he'll sing By the Time I Get to Phoenix

We'll bring down the house and close out the night with Brother Ray and everyone will join in.

America the Beautiful Ray Charles

Oh beautiful, for heroes proved,
In liberating strife,
Who more than self, our country loved,
And mercy more than life,

America, America, may God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain devined.

And you know when I was in school,
We used to sing it something like this, listen here:

Oh beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties,
Above the fruited plain,

But now wait a minute, I'm talking about
America, sweet America,
You know, God done shed his grace on thee,
He crowned thy good, yes he did, in a brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.

You know, I wish I had somebody to help me sing this
(America, America, God shed his grace on thee)
America, I love you America, you see,
My God he done shed his grace on thee,
And you oughta love him for it,
Cause he, he, he, he, crowned thy good,
He told me he would, with brotherhood,
(From sea to shining sea).
Oh Lord, oh Lord, I thank you Lord
(Shining sea).