Saturday 9: Black Velvet

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

1) This song was chosen because yesterday was Black Friday, the traditional day of sales. Have you begun your Christmas shopping? I have, actually! Normally, I’d just be starting to look, but I had my eye on Little People Christmas train toys for all the toddlers I’m buying for and my mom saw them online. I was afraid they’d sell fast, so I ordered them already. I also ordered some books a couple months ago.

2) Was there an adult beverage served with your Thanksgiving feast? There was not, actually.

3) Did any pets enjoy scraps from your Thanksgiving table? I believe my dog got some of the meat from the sauce on the rigatoni.

4) Are there any Thanksgiving leftovers in your refrigerator right now? I think we still have some pumpkin roll and a piece of pie or two, but at this point, we’ve mostly torn through all of it.

5) Football is a popular Thanksgiving weekend pastime. Will you be watching any games over the next few days? If yes, which team(s) are you rooting for? Nah, not a football fan.

6) This week’s song is by Canadian Alannah Myles. She was born Alannah Byles (with a B), but changed her name to differentiate herself from her father. He was influential in Canadian broadcasting and she didn’t want to be accused of riding his coattails. Have you ever received a professional leg up from a relative? My dad knew someone who wrote for the local paper and asked if they had any openings, which led to me submitting a portfolio of my college work and got me a summer job. After I graduated, they offered me a part-time job, but I’d already accepted a full-time position elsewhere.

7) In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Instead of pumpkin pie, Canadians traditionally enjoy butter tarts for dessert. What dessert was on your Thanksgiving menu? Pumpkin pie, of course!

8) “Black Velvet” is a tribute to Elvis. Songwriter Christopher Ward said he was inspired by a trip to Memphis, long after Elvis’ death, where he spoke to The King’s fans and was touched by how much they still loved their favorite singer. Who is your favorite singer? I always say I have a hard time pinning down favorites, but I guess I can pretty safely declare David Bowie as the winner here.

9) Share a memory from Thanksgiving 2020. Aww, it was my son’s first Thanksgiving! And we took one of my all-time favorite family photos that day, where he looks adorable–he’s got his little hands clasped with a big smile on his face.

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