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The Late Movies: Songs About Flying

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On this day in 1906, the Wright brothers were granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine." Me? I'm a terrible flyer. I get anxiety sweats and headaches and I hold my neighbor's hand so tightly that everyone's knuckles turn white. But when I need to get across the country, I sure do appreciate that I can hop on an airplane for a few hours instead of driving my car for a week. Here, six songs about flying. Did your favorite make the list? Tell us in the comments.

Fly Me to the Moon

Though Frank Sinatra popularized this song, it was also sung by Marvin Gaye, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Anita O'Day and many others.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Written by John Denver, this song was Peter, Paul & Mary's biggest hit. Coincidentally, John Denver died in a plane crash in 1997.

I Believe I Can Fly

Because I am from Philadelphia, I find this fact especially interesting: Philly Mayor Michael Nutter has an entire CD of remixes of "I Believe I Can Fly" that he plays in his car. If for some bizarre reason you could only listen to different versions of one song, what song it be?

Rocket Man

This popular Elton John song describes the inner monologue of an astronaut headed for Mars and his mixed feelings at leaving his family.


This song is off the Beach Boys' 1977 album Love You.

Learn to Fly

Due to the nature of this Foo Fighters' song's music video, it is was deemed inappropriate after the 9/11 attacks on America.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook

Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.


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