Saturday 9: Voices Carry (1985)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here
This song was chosen because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please share this link to The National Domestic Violence Hotline. Let’s spread the word that there’s help out there.
1) In this song, a woman is “hushed” by her lover. When were you last told to “keep it down?”
I can’t remember. I have a feeling my mother was involved, though.
2) Her lover tells her tears are something to hide. Researchers tell us that crying can be good for us, because by releasing emotional stress, it lessens physical stress on the cardiovascular system. Are you comfortable crying infront of other people? No, I hate crying in front of other people. I think it makes me feel exposed. But I also cry very easily in movies, so it kind of just happens and I have to keep my sniffling quiet and hope no one notices. But the most famous example of this failing was I cried in the theater at the end of Brave, and when the lights went on, my brother yelled, “Are you crying?!”
3) In this video, the woman makes a scene by speaking up in a theater. Today theater goers are more likely to be disturbed by a cell phone ringing or its screen illuminating. Are you careful to turn your phone off in the theater, church, etc.? Yes, and for fuck’s sake, unless you have a very good reason as to why you may need to be contacted, everyone else should, too, especially in quiet environments like that where people are there to pay attention to something. I hate being bothered by a cellphone in a movie theater or the actual theater. I paid to enjoy something, and cellphones are a distraction.
4) When this group, Til Tuesday, was still struggling, Cyndi Lauper was already a star. Cyndi offered to record this song, which would have brought the group some fast cash, but only if they agreed not to record it themselves. Obviously they didn’t take the deal. Tell us about a time you took a risk on yourself, and it paid off. I think my whole choice of major and career was a risk. I majored in English, knowing jobs were scarce, but managed to find one, plus I write on the side. Of course, my husband’s income helps, but even on my own, I was doing fine. Well enough to stand as proof that you can make it work.
5) Til Tuesday’s lead singer, Aimee Mann, went to Open High School in Richmond, Virginia. This charter high school is dedicated to helping students become “self-determined thinkers and learners.” Do you recall your high school as permissive or regimented? I went to a Catholic school, so it was fairly regimented. We got away with what we could.
6) Aimee has been on the road through 2017 and, like most artists, sells tour merchandise. Her line includes reusable tote bags. Do you bring your own bag to the grocery store? When we remember! We have reusable bags and we love them, but when we first got them, we had to get into the habit of using them. And sometimes, we still forget.
7) Aimee has tried her hand at acting and appeared on Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. From Dracula to Barnabas Collins to Lestat, vampires are a popular culture staple (especially in October). What do you suppose accounts for their enduring popularity?
I think vampires are the sexy monsters. Most other Halloween monsters are more grotesque, but with the exception of things like Nosferatu
, who’s a creepy motherfucker, vampires are human, and they’re often portrayed as creatures who are alluring and interesting. Dracula
had a very sexual aspect to it from the start, and that’s never really gone away. And I think the immortality aspect intrigues people, too. There’s a darkness to the whole thing that’s interesting and creepy, but not necessarily scary.
8) In 1985, when this song was popular, Bruce Springsteen was at the top of the charts with Born in the USA. A massive commercial success, Born in the USA has sold more than 15,000,000 copies in the United States alone. Is it in your collection? It is not. I’m not sure I’ve listened to the entire album, but I know I like some songs–I’m just not sure I like enough to want the whole album.
9) Random question: In which race would you do better — the Iditarod, with sled dogs in Nome, or speeding in a car at 200+ mph at the Indianapolis 500? Probably the Indy 500. As much as I’d love to be in a race with dogs, I know I’d hate the cold, so being in a fast car suits me much more. And the speed probably would be exciting.