Saturday 9: (There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me (1981)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.
1) Ronnie Milsap sings about how worrisome it can be when you realize you forgot to pay a bill. It’s happened to all of us, hasn’t it? Tell about about a time you accidentally missed a payment. The thing about still living in your apartment just after buying a house is that when we did the homeowners’ insurance, they naturally updated the address, so the bills for our cars are going there. We stop over a couple times a week, I’d say, but when we’re doing that on our way to or from another place, I easily forget about bills that show up–I have a habit of leaving them in the car, and then I forget about them. So I missed more than one insurance payment and got an e-mail saying they were gonna cancel our insurance for non-payment. Whoops. At least I was able to pay immediately and fix that.
2) He also references a dream that keeps him awake. Do you have any recurring dreams? I’ve had recurring themes recently of pregnancy and babies, which I attribute mostly to the subject coming up in conversation. But still, it’s weird.
3) He sings about the face you see in the crowd. Tell us about someone you see regularly, but don’t really know. A lot of coworkers, honestly. Our jobs are very solitary and don’t allow for a ton of socializing, so other than the few who eat lunch around the same time, I barely know most of them.
4) He mentions the book that you just can’t put down. What’s the last book that you finished? Democracy in Chains, which is basically about the way the radical right is attacking different political institutions and trying to dismantle certain things and also deals a bit with the influence of millionaires on American politics.
5) Ronnie Milsap is a big fan of new technology, and believes the advancements make both his professional and personal lives easier. What about you? Do you embrace new technology? Or do you long for the good old days, when we weren’t so connected to personal devices? I am a firm believer that it’s all about how we use it and technology gets blamed for things that humans are really responsible for–like, the whole attitude that people spend too much time on their phones? Then put down your phone. But I kind of fall in the middle of the two camps in this question. I embrace things that make sense for my life, but I’m not gonna run out and get the brand-new anything. I’m the type that’ll hold on to something until it’s broken beyond repair because I don’t see any need to upgrade if what I have now is working just fine. But there are some things that I just don’t really care for and don’t use, even if I can understand why other people do. Books, CDs, and, to a lesser extent, DVDs are the best example of this. I like having tangible collections of things rather than relying on devices to supply all that to me. If we lose Internet or power, even if it’s rare and short-lived, I’ve got an apartment full of ways to entertain myself.
6) As a child, Ronnie used to surreptitiously listen to late night radio, especially gospel broadcasts. When you were a kid, what rule did you break again and again? I’m a repeat offended for almost everything. I’m not sure why, but it’s almost definitely tied to my stubbornness. If I did it once, I’m probably gonna do it again sooner or later. So I can’t think of something, partly because I got in trouble for the same shit over and over. I was a backtalker, that’s for sure–my brother would do what he was told, and I’d argue.
7) Country star Blake Shelton says Ronnie Milsap was a big influence on his music. Do you watch Blake on The Voice? On occasion–I don’t have cable at home, but I’ve seen it at my job. And for the record, I think The Voice is the best of the singing-competition shows. I know American Idol has moved away from showing awful auditions, but the whole practice of putting someone on TV intentionally only to be annihilated by the judges and then made fun of by America was cruel and so off-putting to me. The Voice is, and always has been, so much more positive, and I’ve got a few albums and songs in my collection that are from people who appeared on that show, whether they won or not.
8) In May, Ronnie appeared at the Choctaw Casino in Grant, OK. Do you enjoy games of chance? Gambling is in my genes.
9) Random question — When did you last “do it yourself” and repair something around the house or yard? I mean, my husband and I both do this regularly–not that things often need repaired, but that when they do, we can almost always handle it ourselves. We currently have a malfunctioning lawnmower which isn’t completely fixed but is getting there. And we’re also doing a lot of small upgrades on our new house ourselves. We did all the painting ourselves, and he and his dad ripped out old carpet.