Saturday 9: ’65 Love Affair (1977)

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

1) The first line of this song is, “I was a car hop.” Car hops used to take orders and bring diners food to eat in their cars. Today, the drive through lane has pretty much replaced car hops. Think about the last time you went to a fast food restaurant. Did you order at the counter or at the drive through window? Drive-through, and it was without a doubt at Taco Bell.

2) Mr. Davis sings that his girlfriend was “bad with her pom-poms.” Presumably she was a cheerleader. Share one of your school’s cheers. Our mascot was a gator, so the one everyone remembers is, “Let me see your alligator!” And we’d respond, “What did you say?” And it would repeat like two or three times, and then we’d imitate a gator’s jaws with our hands and clap.

3) The lyrics tell us he believes that if he could go back in time, his girl would still be his. If you could travel back in time to your high school years, what would you enjoy doing again? What would you do differently? I think I’d join the musical from freshman year instead of waiting until junior year, and I’d give more of a shit about my schoolwork. I did well, but if I’d put more effort in, I could’ve had straight As or very close to it.

4) During his performing days, Paul Davis sported a full beard and flowing hair. We’re using that to check your powers of observation and recollection. Think of the last man you spoke to. Who was he? Describe his hair, and tell us whether he was clean shaven. It was my husband, his hair is a mess because it’s getting a little too long so it’s just kind of a mop on his head, and he’s a little scruffy. To be honest, I didn’t notice his facial hair, but I can promise you no matter when he shaved last, there’s scruff.

5) Paul Davis was born in Meridian, MS, and that’s where he returned to when he went into semi-retirement in 1982. Meridian’s biggest employer is the Naval Air Station in Meridian. Do you know anyone who is currently in, or employed by, the military? My brother is in the reserves, and so is my best friend’s boyfriend. One of my brothers-in-law is a former Marine, my best friend’s soon-to-be ex-husband is in the Navy, and my husband’s college roommate is in the Air Force. My dad and one uncle are both retired Army.

6) He was a pool player and a golfer. Which sport are you better at? Does mini golf count? If not, pool, but I’m pretty terrible at both.

7) Sadly, he died in 2008, on the day after his 60th birthday. His best friend remembers him as “a homebody,” who enjoyed staying up long into the night with his friends, playing and listening to music. Describe your perfect way to spend an evening. With people I love hanging out with–lately, I’ve most enjoyed the nights where we have people over at our house, but going out is fun, too. As long as I still have a little time to myself. I always feel like I have something I need to get done.

8) The publishing rights to “’65 Love Affair,” as well as Paul Davis’ bigger hits (“Cool Night” and “I Go Crazy”), are owned by another Paul — Paul McCartney. Sir Paul’s MPL Publishing Company has made him a very rich man, and Paul says that’s because he chose to invest in music, something he loves. What about you? If you were to invest in a business or industry you love, which would you choose? I’d go his route with music.

9) Random question –You’re at a party and one of your host’s best friends is a real egghead who tries to draw you into a conversation about paradigmatic counter existentialism. Would you: a) just listen politely while letting your mind wander; b) admit you don’t know what the hell he’s talking about; c) explain why you personally feel that the counter existential paradigm just adds unnecessary complexity to the individual’s search for meaning? I would admit I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about but ask for an explanation in the fastest, simplest way possible so I could chime in. I wouldn’t pretend to be able to talk about it at length or in depth, but I’d factor in my own opinions and jump into the fray accordingly.

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