Saturday 9: Got My Mind Set on You

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

1) George Harrison sings that he requires money, patience and time. Which of those three do you wish for most this morning? Money!

2) This was long one of George’s favorite songs. He first heard it back in September, 1963 — months before the Beatles became an international phenomenon — when he visited his sister in Benton, IL. Is there a song that reminds you of a trip you took? There are a few songs that remind me of vacations with my friends.

3) For years, George thought his birthday was February 25. When he was 17, he saw his birth certificate and learned he was really born on the 24th. His mother explained that he was born just before midnight on the 24th and she didn’t get to hold him until early morning on the 25th, so she considered the 25th as his birthday. Do you know any interesting stories about the day you were born? I was supposed to be a C-section, but my mom started feeling weird around the time they were going out to dinner like the night before or something. After I was born, I was looking all around the room like I was very confused.

4) When George was just 14, he met Paul McCartney on a bus en route to school. Tell us about a time when you met someone who ended up changing your life. Man, I mean, every friend I’ve ever had, including some friendships that ended badly–and maybe those ones especially. My husband, of course. And my cats! But I don’t have any cool stories that, like, spawned arguably the most influential band of all time.

5) Then 17, John Lennon was not interested in letting George perform with his band. He dismissed George as too young. Paul insisted George get a chance and the rest, as they say, is history. Tell us about someone who stood up for you and helped you succeed. Ooh, I don’t know!

6) In the 1970s, George took up gardening. He said that clearing away weeds and overgrowth helped him clear his head, and he was very proud of his jasmine flowers. What’s your hobby? Why do you enjoy it? Writing, and I know writers love to complain about writing, but I really do love it.

7) He also enjoyed playing ukulele and encouraged others to do the same. George often gave ukuleles as birthday and Christmas gifts. What’s the last gift you received? My in-laws give little gifts for St. Nicholas Day, and they gave us a big tin of popcorn, a big blanket, and I feel like another thing or two I’m forgetting.

8) At the Academy Awards in spring 1976, another George was in the news. George Burns won an Oscar for his performance in The Sunshine Boys. Who was in the last movie you watched? Michael Caine! My son likes watching the Muppets, I love The Muppet Christmas Carol, it was a no-brainer.

9) What’s the last thing you dropped? Did it break? I can’t remember, but it probably didn’t. I know I haven’t broken anything in a while.

3 responses to “Saturday 9: Got My Mind Set on You”

  1. I love writing, too. And nothing in my life compares to the Beatles! I doubt if many people can compare to that. Maybe the Rollings Stones.

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