Saturday 9: Listen, People (1966)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.
1) Basically Herman is telling us that we each both break hearts and have our hearts broken during our lifetime. Do you agree? Yeah, I think it’s inevitable. I mean, my husband is the only guy I had a serious relationship with, but I’ve been heartbroken in other ways because of other people. And really, I think sometimes relationship struggles that you come out of doing okay can still be heartbreaking when you’re in them. A heartbreak doesn’t have to be a split.
2) He implores us to take his advice. Have you more recently given or received advice? Probably given. There’s not much going on that I need advice on, and I don’t know many of the unsolicited-advice type.
3) Herman’s real name is Peter Noone. He was popular with girls because of his bright, toothy smile. How’s your oral health? When are you due to go to the dentist? I am far overdue, but I hate dentists and I’m hoping to put it off until I die.
4) Peter/Herman got married on his 21st birthday. That’s one way to make sure you don’t forget your anniversary. Do you have a good memory for anniversaries and birthdays? Anniversaries outside of my immediate family I tend to forget, but I’m pretty good with birthdays. I still don’t have all my in-laws’ birthdays down, but in my defense, my husband has five siblings and he’s spent years remembering at the last minute.
5) Between 1965 and 1971, the Hermits worked very hard. They appeared on all the major TV shows of the day, recorded albums, made a movie and then criss-crossed the United States and the United Kingdom, performing live. After those six years, Peter decided he’d had enough and left the group. Have you ever felt burned out and ready for a change? I did a lot of unpaid work for a music website for a couple years, and I was burned out when I left. It was too much to do for zero money on top of a full-time job and I had some issues with the way things were being run, so I bailed.
6) In 1966, when this song was popular, the miniskirt took the fashion world by storm. What’s the most recent piece of clothing you added to your wardrobe? Leggings!
7) In 1966, TVs were expensive pieces of furniture. A set with a 16″ screen and a wood console sold for $250, which is $1,950 in today’s dollars. Tell us about your TV. How big is it? Where did you buy it? I don’t know the actual size, but it’s kind of medium-sized, typical TV. My parents grabbed it for me either on a Black Friday or Cyber Monday from Best Buy.
8) David Schwimmer, aka Ross on Friends, was born in 1966. Who was your favorite Friend? I don’t know if I have one. I think Phoebe, if I have to pick.
9) Random question — Describe your dream car. I’m not a car person, especially now that I work from home–I’m only driving to the gym half the time anymore. And I’ve never really cared about nice, expensive cars, even though I know they tend to be very good quality and worth the price. I guess I think of cars as more of a functional thing than anything else, so luxury cars or muscle cars or anything beyond, “It gets me where I need to go and won’t break down,” just isn’t on my radar.