Unfamiliar with this week’s song? You can hear it here.
1) Sam’s teacher told her she’d use math every day. What’s the last math problem you solved? (Did you add to/subtract from the balance of your checkbook … use division to figure out how much you’d save with 25% off that sweater …) Most likely calculated the time I’d spent on something at work.
2) The lyrics tell us that if you take away the rain from a flower, the flower just won’t grow. Do you have any indoor houseplants? Could they use a drink of water this morning? No. We’re so bad at house plants, for some reason. We forget to water them, despite seeing them daily.
3) This week’s artists, The Grass Roots, are introduced in this video by country music superstar Kenny Rogers. Who is your favorite country music singer? Probably Johnny Cash.
4) The two unmarried members of the group — guitarist Warren Entner and drummer Ricky Coonce — competed for a lady’s affection on a 1968 episode of The Dating Game. Neither of them won! She chose Bachelor #1. Anyway, have you ever appeared on a game show? Do you know anyone who has? I haven’t, but my 4th grade teacher was on Wheel of Fortune. Everyone loved her, which is probably why (I’m almost positive) the nuns drove her to tears and she didn’t come back the following year.
5) The Grass Roots were originally called The 13th Floor. They chose this cheeky name because many high rises do not have a 13th floor since 13 is considered an unlucky number, and they were thumbing their noses at superstition. Are you superstitious? Not really.
6) At the time of his death in 2011, group leader Rob Grill was still playing music, touring with a reconfigured Grass Roots. His widow Nancy referred to him as “one lucky son of a gun” because he’d been able to support himself as a musician, doing what he loved for 45 years. In what ways do you consider yourself fortunate? I have a great family, amazing husband, steady job, and we have a kid on the way.
7) In 1971, the year this song was released, Walt Disney World opened in Florida. The Epcot Center was added in 1982. Have you ever visited this, or any, Disney theme park? I have! That one, in Florida. I had a lot of fun.
8) Fresh chicken was just 43¢/lb. in 1971. Do you prefer the breast or drumstick? I’m a vegetarian, but I always preferred drumsticks.
9) Random question: Do you work well under pressure? I think so. Not as well as I might normally, of course, but I can handle it.