Wednesday, January 11, 2017

a Bach love song to coffee

Ah! How sweet coffee tastes,
more delicious than a thousand kisses,
milder than muscatel wine.
  Coffee, I have to have coffee,
  and, if someone wants to pamper me,
  ah, then bring me coffee as a gift!

Who knew Bach wrote a cantata/comic opera about coffee?

Via Wikipedia, an outline:,_plaudert_nicht,_BWV_211 

Better yet, however, are the lyrics to the previous song, which the father berates his coffee-addicted daughter, and she responds:

3. Recitative B S
Schlendrian (which apparently translates "stick in the mud")
     You naughty child, you wild girl,
     ah! When will I achieve my goal:
     get rid of the coffee for my sake!

     Father sir, but do not be so harsh!
     If I couldn't, three times a day,
     be allowed to drink my little cup of coffee,
     in my anguish I will turn into
     a shriveled-up roast goat. - Lyrics via Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Boston, I kid you not (no pun intended). However, most sadly, this particular cantata is not on their performance list this year. 

Fortunately for Liesgen, Happy Goat Coffee is a thing.

NPR: How can you tell if your goat is happy? (original photo source)

You're welcome.

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