240 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 78 PART 2 MARCH 2020
But wine can also lead to creative activity like songwriting, poetry and
art. Wine may enhance (or possibly impair) one’s creative juices, and wine
may also serve as the subject matter of an artist’s creative endeavour.
Wine has found its way into popular music. This is so for some obvious
reasons. First, it is likely, or even readily apparent, that many pop songs
were penned while the artist was under the influence of wine or some
other, possibly stronger alcohol or drug. Second, many musicians have written
songs about wine or have been inspired by it. Third, there are simply a
lot of other words that rhyme with “wine” and including it in a verse just
makes it easier to write a pop song.
In this article, we identify various themes about wine that are found in
popular music and offer some examples of songs that fit those themes. Then,
in each category, we provide a wine review that (loosely) fits that theme.
Wine as Celebration
Champagne, and its sparkling wine cousins from other regions, is a universal
symbol of celebration. The song that best demonstrates this is probably
“Tiny Bubbles”, which upon its release in 1966 became Don Ho’s
signature song. Written by Leon Pober, the song has been covered by
numerous other singers including Dean Martin, who seemed to know a lot
about the subject.
In the wine
Make me happy
Make me feel fine
Lovers of champagne may feel that Mr. Ho was underselling the product
when he sang those words. But perhaps words like “creamy”, “effervescent”
and “luxurious” did not fit the music.
A more utilitarian version of the celebratory use of wine is found in the
Lennon & McCartney song, “When I’m Sixty-Four”. When many of us first
heard this song and sang along on the radio (it was a track on the Beatles’
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, released in 1967), age 64
seemed pretty old.2 Nowadays, it describes many of our friends and
When I get older, losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine?
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
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If you are looking for tiny bubbles but do not want to pay the hefty price