Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.
In memory of Naomi Judd (1946-2022)
1) In this week’s song, the Judds tell us they aren’t impressed by diamonds or foreign travel. If you had your choice, would you prefer a $1,500 diamond pendant or a $1,500 voucher from United Airlines? Definitely the airline voucher. I’d plan a vacation immediately.
2) In the video for this song, the Judds are shown having fun on the beach. Do you have any trips to the beach planned for the upcoming summer months? We have a family trip to Cedar Point planned, which is right on the beach of Lake Erie. I always say that Lake Erie isn’t a proper beach, but it’s great if you need a beach fix, especially since it’s a much shorter, easier trip for us. It’s about a two- to three-hour drive, and one of my sisters-in-law lives just outside of Erie itself.
3) Early in their career, this mother-daughter duo performed in clubs venues around San Francisco, where they called themselves The Hillbilly Women. Have you recently been to a bar or restaurant with live music? I have not.
4) They moved to Nashville in 1979 in search of greater success. During the three years it took them to score a record contract, Naomi supported the family as a part-time nurse and occasional model. She enjoyed the flexibility so her schedule could accommodate auditions. Do you like having a pre-planned schedule? Or would you rather keep things loose? It depends on what’s being scheduled, but I guess a little of both. I’d say my ideal is kind of the situation I’m in–I recently left my full-time job because my husband got a new job that makes more money than he and I had been bringing in combined, and we decided that rather than pay for daycare or scramble among our friends and families for childcare, it made more sense for me to be a stay-at-home mom. But my job loves me and offered me a role as an independent contractor, so I basically let them know how much work I can take on in a week and they give it to me if they have it, but I set my own hours and can basically do as much or as little as I want.
5) Wynona sang the Elvis classic “Burning Love” in 2002 Disney movie Lilo and Stitch. What’s the most recent Disney movie you’ve seen? If you’re asking which one I watched last, I think it was Encanto, although I kind of threw it on as background noise–my son will sit and watch for a little while, then goes off to play. Encanto also happens to be the newest Disney move I’ve seen. We tried to watch Turning Red, but there was a scene early on where kids are laughing at the main character and my sweet adorable child started crying, so we turned it off.
6) In 2011, Wynona wrote her first novel, Restless Heart, about a country singer struggling with the price of fame. Have you ever tried your hand at writing fiction? I have, but not for a very long time. My writing pursuits generally stay in nonfiction. Having said that, though, I’ve kind of been feeling the itch of playing with fiction, and I did have an idea the other day that I’d like to play with. But I’ll probably tackle my long list of iPhone notes first.
7) Kid sister Ashley Judd is the only woman in her immediate family to not change her first name. Naomi was born Diana, and Wynona was originally Christina. Do you like your first name? I don’t love it, but I do like having an uncommon name. I didn’t always feel that way, though!
8) In 1988, the year this song was popular, Sonny Bono went from entertainer to politician when he was elected Mayor of Palm Springs. Have you met the mayor of your town? No.
9) Random question: Were you a member of the Columbia House Record Club? No, but I probably would’ve loved it.