Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Richie Arpino is a Rock Star! No, not Rockstar, who also happens to be a Rock Star, but a Rock Star nonetheless. Last night was Ed (Collective Soul) Roland's annual holiday music bash benefit at Eddy's Attic in Decatur. Ed performs with his band mates, this year mostly Sweet Tea Project, who happen to be great. Every year he asks Richie to get up and sing a song. Usually Richie will perform the Christmas song he wrote post 911. It's a sweet song that people really love. So all day yesterday, Richie practiced at home on piano (I know, he plays the piano too!) and he was ready once again to entertain. When we got to Eddie's Attic, Mr. Roland told Richie there was no piano this year, maybe he could do something else.
Not missing a beat, Richie got the Sweet Tea band to back him up and he totally brought down the house with a couple rockin' songs that actually got people on there feet dancing! There were all these pros, singer songwriter types, singing abouty the angst of life, and then Richie gets up there with sheer juiblation and rocks it. No rehearsal, no fretting, just joy. Frankly I think the half dozen Cabernets he had prior to his performance may have helped. But I just watch with amazement since in my performing days, I would have to practice with the band, sound check myself into a stupor, drink warm camamile tea with honey and lemon, and then, only if I warmed up with scales, buzzed my lips and flicked my tongue a million times then re-rehearsed once more with the band would I have been able to get up there and do what he did - snap your fingers in a "Z", just like that! It's both admirable, and truth be told, just a little annoying - in a good way.
Anyway, the Holiday Season is now officially in high gear with last night's party. So it's time to start thinking about stuffing those stockings. Why not give the gift of MetroFresh to your loved ones, co-workers, teachers, friends and frenemies. We're selling $10 MetroFresh money and if you buy 10 of them, we give you one to enjoy yourself. That's a 10% discount on $100 worth. I also just got a shipment of MetroFreshual T-shirts in both men's and women's sizes. They're $20 plus tax and perfect to fill some space in the sock on the mantel. So come see us today and you can actually shop for Christmas gifts while you eat you delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. Have a great day!