Saturday 9: Standing on the Corner (1956)

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, four friends congregate on Main Street to look longingly at pretty girls. In your town, where is the best place for people watching? Probably one of the events at the community pavilion on Main Street, just because otherwise, there’s not much to see. People are usually out walking, sure, but your best bet is probably when there’s a lot of them in one place.

2) This song was written for the Broadway musical The Most Happy Fella. Who is the happiest person you know? Me, maybe? I seem to be the most satisfied with where I am in life out of the people I know.

3) The members of The Four Lads met at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Choir School. Growing up, did you attend parochial or public school? Catholic school pretty much my whole life.

4) The Four Lads always wore jackets and ties when they performed. Do you enjoying dressing up? Or would you rather keep it casual? I’m more comfortable casual, but I do love dressing up. It’s just that I’m the type who at the end of the night is talking about how I can’t wait to be out of my pretty dress and in pajamas.

5) While this song was a hit for The Four Lads, they were completely overshadowed in 1956 by Elvis Presley and “Heartbreak Hotel.” Who do you think dominates today’s music scene? I don’t know that I’d nail down one artists that seems to constantly be on the charts, but my coworker and I joke about Pitbull a lot and how he announces himself in every song he’s in.

6) The Wizard of Oz aired on TV for the first time in 1956. Sam was never crazy about those flying monkeys. Tell us about something that frightened you when you were a kid. E.T. scared the shit out of me for years.

7) What scares you now? In general, more realistic things, like the threat of war and psychopaths. But a nice, well-done alien tale still can get me, or just generally disturbing horror.

8) Since this week’s song is about pretty girls: 1956’s Miss America was Sharon Ritchie of Colorado. Today Colorado has the distinction of being the home of more microbreweries than any other state in the union. Which are you most particular about — your beer, your wine, or your coffee? My beer–I’m not a big beer fan, and I’ve found that there are a few particular companies I really like and I’m not crazy about everything else. I don’t really drink coffee, but that also means I’m not picky about it, and with wine, I do tend to know what I like and stick to it, but I’m more likely to enjoy a random wine than a random beer.

9) Random question: We all have small, irritating habits, like soup slurping or not replacing the cap on the toothpaste. What’s your nasty little habit? Man, I don’t know. Ask my husband. I do know he hates it when I pour myself a drink of something, usually iced tea or juice, then don’t finish it and put the cup back in the fridge. I’ve been known to forget about a cup I already have and amass a bunch of cups in the fridge with the same thing in all of them.


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