Quirky Country Songs, Exchange, Joe, Whisk(e)y, and Spanish Paella

March 27, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national days every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning Country Music fans. Today is Saturday, March 27, 2021. Today is the 86th day of the year, and 279 days remain.

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day is celebrated annually on March 27th. You don’t need to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry to infer that this holiday pays tribute to those unique country songs with titles that always put a smile on your face…no matter how much you are cringing on the inside.
Country music evolved from Appalachian folk music in the 1920s and became a nationwide sensation in the 1940s, when The Grand Ole Opry radio station in Nashville, Tennessee began broadcasting weekly concerts which showcased all the different genres of country music; hillbilly, honky-tonk, bluegrass, western, rockabilly, and gospel.
If you’re from my generation, you probably remember the song, “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” – by Little Jimmy Dickens…truly a timeless classic. But that song is by no means singular in the class of Country Music songs with “quirky” titles.
Below are a ‘baker’s dozen’ more quirky country music song titles that you may or may not, remember:

  1. “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly” – by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.
  2. “Thank God And Greyhound You’re Gone” – by Roy Clark.
  3. “You Can’t Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd” – by Roger Miller.
  4. “I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim Is Gettin’ Better.” – by Billy Boil.
  5. “If I Had A Nose Full of Nickels, I’d Sneeze Them Atchoo” – by Lou Carter.
  6. “Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart” – by Johnny Cash.
  7. “How Come Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You” – by Glen Campbell.
  8. “Too Much Month Left (At the End of the Money)” – by Marty Stuart.
  9. “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed” – by Kinky Friedman.
  10. “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” – by Joe Nichols.
  11. “How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away” – by Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks.
  12. “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” – by Kenny Chesney.
  13. “She Made Toothpicks Out Of The Timber Of My Heart” – by Homer and Jethro.

To celebrate Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day, go through your music library and see if any of the aforementioned songs are there. Be honest! I’m sure that many of you true Country Music fans can add even more ‘quirky country music song titles’ to this list.

Celebrate Exchange Day

Celebrate Exchange Day is celebrated annually on March 27th. It celebrates the National Exchange Club. The National Exchange Club is a service organization with 700 clubs and more than 20,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Founded in 1911 in Detroit by business leaders who wanted to “exchange” ideas on making their community better, the Exchange Club moved its headquarters to Toledo in 1917. Its core values –  Family, Community, and Country are held by each Exchange member with pride and commitment. The members advised each other,  shared information, and arranged activities to benefit their communities such as supporting youth programs, preventing crime, helping senior citizens, members of the military, and more. For over a hundred years, Exchange Club’s volunteer efforts have supported the needs of the country and of local communities, making it one of America’s oldest service organizations.

National Joe Day  

National Joe Day is celebrated annually on March 27th. When I first read the name of this holiday, I thought that the term “Joe” referred to the slang word for coffee, but that is not the case. It instead honors people named “Joe”. It also encourages everyone else to change their name to “Joe” today (Women can use Josie or Josephine). But, why Joe? Why not Bob, or Jim, or Heathcliffe? Well, apparently, Joe seems to be a name that most everyone likes and trusts for some reason.
So, if you dislike your name, or if you simply want to amuse yourself, celebrate National Joe Day by insisting that everyone you encounter today call you “Joe”.

International Whisk(e)y Day 

International Whisk(e)y Day is celebrated annually on March 27th. The first thing you probably noticed is the way the word whisk(e)y in International Whisk(e)y Day is spelled. Both variations of the spelling of the word are derived from the Classical Gaelic word uisce, meaning “water”. The difference in the spelling of the words comes from different translations of the word from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms. In Scotland and Canada, whisky is spelled without the “e”; whereas, in Ireland and America, whiskey is spelled with the “e”. For purposes of continuity, henceforth, I will use the [more familiar] Irish form, whiskey.
Whiskey is the result of a distillation process, a chemical/alchemical process dating back as far as Ancient Babylon. While the beverage they created was much cruder than modern-day whiskeys, it was known that the process was available to them.
All whiskey starts with a ‘mash’, a mixture of grain and water that is slowly heated to break down the starch in it into sugars. The result of this process is then known as wort. The kind of grain you use determines what kind of whiskey you end up with. Bourbon starts from a mash that is 51% or more corn base, though it becomes a Corn Whiskey once it reaches 81%. Malt whiskey is made from 51% malted barley, while Rye is 51% plain Rye. Malted Rye is a specialized version made from a base of Malted Rye, and Wheat Whiskey, as you might suspect, is made from Wheat. No matter what grain is used, all of these are considered kinds of whiskey.
To celebrate International Whisk(e)y Day, simply enjoy an ounce (or two) of your favorite whiskey. Even better, invite a few (legal aged) friends to join you.
Author’s Note:
Always drink responsibly!

National Spanish Paella Day  

National Spanish Paella Day is celebrated annually on March 27th. You needn’t be a 5-Star chef to conclude that this holiday celebrates Spanish paella – a world-renowned peasant dish that features meat, seafood, and rice.
Basically, paella is a meal that makes use of what is at hand; local, fresh, and available. Every cuisine has one – a one-pot meal, a peasant dish that is the quintessential definition of that place and people. Louisiana has jambalaya. Chile has the cazuela. There’s Irish Stew and Pad Thai. And the Spanish? Well, they have paella.
Paella, in its modern form, originated in the mid-19th century in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. The original Valencian dish was a mixture of meat, snails, beans, and green vegetables. There two basic variations on the original recipe. Seafood paella, as the name suggests, eliminates the meat in favor of all seafood, a popular meal for Friday observances. Mixed paellas are more akin to the original but usually include chicken instead of the traditional rabbit, and shellfish instead of snails. Perhaps, the most distinctive characteristic of any paella is the bright yellow rice, all thanks to a generous dose of saffron.
To celebrate National Spanish Paella Day, make your favorite version of paella for dinner tonight. Here is a link to one of the many recipes for Traditional Spanish Paella available online. However, you can substitute some of the ingredients for whatever you have handy in your refrigerator. The key to making a good paella is the layering flavors. You should be able to taste each individual ingredient…no one ingredient should be overpowering. What’s in your fridge?

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention.

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