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I know technically this column is supposed to be about the law. And, in my defense, in all the time I’ve written it (and that’s been three years now – and I’ve yet to get an anniversary present from my publisher – looking at you, Amy Scalia!) I’ve stuck to that task. So please indulge me this one time as I deviate from the routine. You see, this month’s topic is food, and while I struggled to come up with a legal column around this topic, I started thinking about songs about food. On occasion, I guest host a radio show called “Blue Snakes and Banjoes,” and it occurred to me that a playlist of songs about food could make for a fun show. So, this column will kill two birds with one stone.
 
So, what are my favorite songs about food? 
 
I suppose one of my earliest memories of a food song was “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies. The Archies were a band ostensibly consisting of the cartoon character Archie and his friends including Reggie, Betty, and Veronica. Not surprisingly, Archie’s dim-witted buddy Jughead was the drummer – I think. This of course comports with the stereotype that the drummer is frequently the most clueless member of every band. In reality, the band consisted of some studio musicians assembled by producer Don Kirshner. The song – which is godawful, but undeniably catchy – was the number one song for the year 1969. Just to put that in perspective, that made it more popular than “Honky Tonk Women,” “Sweet Caroline” and “Get Back.” I don’t think people used the abbreviation WTF in 1969, but if they did, I think a lot of people would have said “WTF”?
 
One food song that sticks in my mind is “Eggplant” by Michael Franks. It is, I think quite clearly, a one hit wonder. And that assumes that the song was even a hit. If you’re interested you can find it on the 1976 album “The Art of Tea.” It’s a jazzy, keyboard infused number that sounds like it could have been used in a Charlie Brown Christmas. And I love the opening line, “Whenever I explore the land of Yen, I always seem to take it on the chin, I can’t pronounce her name but eggplant is her game.” I find this song stuck in my head on occasion, but it’s not as annoying as when it happens with “Sugar, Sugar.”
 
And of course, given how much I like the Rolling Stones, I suspect the obvious question is where “Brown Sugar” lands on my food song list. Here’s the thing. I’m not convinced that when The Stones sing about “Brown Sugar” they’re talking about food. Let’s just leave it there.
 
I thought the Beatles would have more to choose from, given the sheer volume of their work. But outside of “Strawberry Fields,” “A Taste of Honey” and “Honey Pie,” I’m drawing a blank. I suspect I’m missing something obvious, so if you’re reading this, let me know.
 
But on further reflection, and speaking of honey, I think my all- time favorite food song has to be “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison.  Beautiful orchestration, lovely lyrics and the Van’s vocals at their best. And what a beautiful sentiment – the woman he loves is sweet as tupelo honey and a first degree angel. I have no idea how one qualifies for that distinction, but it sounds pretty impressive. Just like the song. 
 
Any time a writer undertakes a list like this, it’s certain to result in debate.  So let me know what you think. And keep eating!