So you can take you pick on April 23, if tradition is to be believed, to either celebrate or commemorate one of the two defining events in Bill Shakespeare’s life: his birth and his death. So today we can either say Happy 452 Birthday to the most influential writer in the English language or express belated condolences to Anne and the children on his passing 400 years ago today.
I think it’s better to always look on the bright side of life (did you catch it?) so to celebrate the arrival of the third of Mary and John Shakespeare’s eight children I’ve chosen a piece by a 20th century master of the language – and the music – of Shakespeare and Milton and the Bible. (Anyone catch that one – I am on a literary role I tell you!)
With his usual wit and grace Cole Porter manage to work 13 of the 38 play titles, one of the poems, and a passing reference to the Sonnets into a rowdy bawdy little piece of show stopping fun. A little birthday gift from a master wordsmith to the master wordsmith of them all.
On this day in 1516: The Bayerische Reinheitsgebot (regarding the ingredients of beer) is signed in Ingolstadt.