Saturday 9: You’re a Grand, Old Flag

Unfamiliar with James Cagney’s 1942 version of this song? Hear it here.

1) The flag we currently fly, with 50 stars and 13 stripes, was designed by a high school student. When Alaska and Hawaii were added, President Eisenhower invited Americans to submit designs for how best to incorporate the two new states. Ike chose 17-year-old Robert G. Heft’s submission from more than 1500 entries. Tell us about a contest you entered and won. (Or really hoped to win.)  Man, I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve entered very many, and I’m not very lucky, so I haven’t won many, either.

2) The government also has another of Mr. Heft’s designs waiting: one that incorporates a 51st star if another state is added. When you were in school, did you memorize the states and their capitals? Yep!

3) Six American flags have been planted on the surface of the moon. Those are undoubtedly the flags farthest from you this morning. Where is an American flag flying near you today? My neighbors across the street have one in their front yard.

4) This version of the song was performed by James Cagney in the 1942 classic Yankee Doodle Dandy. Have you ever seen it? I have not.

5) In that film, Cagney portrayed George M. Cohan, the composer of this week’s song. In 1940, Cohan was honored by with a Congressional Gold Medal. In presenting him with the award, President Roosevelt specifically thanked Cohan for “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and “Over There.” What’s your favorite patriotic song? I don’t know. I tend to dislike them, honestly, just because they’re often cheesy.

6) Though a performer his entire life, Cohan disliked listening to recordings of his own voice. How about you? Do you like your singing and/or speaking voice? Oh, I hate hearing my voice played back to me. I think I sound dramatically different and, like…weird, I guess?

7) James Cagney won the Oscar for Best Actor his performance as George M. Cohan. Also nominated that year was Gary Cooper, who portrayed Lou Gehrig in Pride of the Yankees. Tell us about another movie about a great American. I don’t know about this one, either!

8) As a teen, Cagney juggled high school with a variety of jobs, including bell hop and delivery boy, and gave all his earnings to his family. Looking back, Cagney was grateful that he had to begin work early, saying, “I feel sorry for the kid who has too cushy a time of it. Suddenly he has to come face-to-face with the realities of life without his mama and papa to do his thinking for him.” Do you agree? I think there’s an element of truth to it, but I also think it verges on being judgmental and hints at criticisms I’m tired of hearing as a millennial, even though he’s not talking about that group in particular at all. I think it is important to teach the value of hard work, but I think that can be done without sending a kid into the workforce or without bordering on insulting kids (or adults) who weren’t. Calling that approach “cushy” isn’t really fair.

9) Cagney had a rebellious streak. His boss, studio head Jack Warner, nicknamed Cagney, “The Professional Againster.” Cagney joked that he enjoyed earning the title. What about you? Are you rebellious? I don’t know. I’m 31 and a new mom, how rebellious can I really be?

Saturday 9: Beautiful People

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

1) This song is about the fantasy of being one of the “beautiful people” but how hollow the reality can be. Do you often find yourself envying others for what they have? Nah. I mean, look, I have my moments where I wish I was on a nice vacation or that my house was as big as so-and-so’s, but overall, I have a good, happy life and that’s the most important thing.

2) Ed Sheeran sings that he and his girl don’t fit in well because they’re “just ourselves.” Who among your close friends do you find it easiest to be “just yourself?” My best friend, Terra, and old friends from high school.

3) The lyrics refer to Hummers and Lamborghinis. What’s your dream ride? I don’t really have one. I’m not big into cars.

4) Ed believes in giving back. One cause he supports is No Cold Homes, which helps ensure that everyone in the English city of Bristol has the fuel needed to keep their homes safe and comfortable. Here in the United States, he’s raised funds for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Is there a cause that’s near and dear to your heart? Nothing in particular, no–like so many things with me, there are a lot of causes I think are important and support but nothing that stands above the rest.

5) Ed’s arms are covered in tattoos, so clearly he doesn’t suffer from trypanophobia, or a fear of needles. How about you? Do you look away when the doctor gives you a shot? Yeah. I could probably handle it, honestly, but it bugs me a little. I had blood drawn a few times while I was pregnant and had to look straight ahead of me while they did it.

6) One of Ed’s tattoos is a bottle of Heinz Ketchup. What condiments would we find if we peeked into your refrigerator this morning? Ketchup, some mustard, Yum Yum Sauce, a few other things but those are my favorites.

7) Ed is a natural redhead, a trait he shares with only 2% of the population. Does red hair run in your family? Apparently, in some branches of the distant family, it does–and I only just learned that because my newborn son’s hair is a very light red, almost strawberry blond.

8)  In 2019, when this song was released, the FDA recommended the approval of a drug for treating peanut allergies in children. Do you suffer from any food allergies, or sensitivities? Nope!

9) Random question: What of these do you think is the biggest contributing factor to success — hard work, luck or talent? All of the above.

Saturday 9: Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast

… Because it’s Father’s Day weekend.
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about a little girl who runs after her daddy. When is the last time you ran? Were you trying to get somewhere in a hurry, or playing a sport? Oof. I’m nine months pregnant, so first of all, I definitely haven’t run in that span of time. Second, I hate running and am unlikely to do it even in a hurry, so who knows?

2) This song was a top ten hit for Wayne Newton. Mr. Newton is better known for his TV work, having made more than 150 appearances since 1963. Have you ever been on TV? Or in a YouTube video? Yeah, I was on the local news the Christmas Tickle Me Elmo was a thing, so I was probably about seven years old. My dad and I were going to see a local production of A Christmas Carol, and I was all dressed up, probably thanks to my mom. The local news was there holding a giveaway for a Tickle Me Elmo, and they had people, like, standing behind a table looking pretty as part of the broadcast. We walked in the lobby and a cameraman or somebody pointed to me and said he wanted me in it. I’m also technically in one or two live music videos shot at concerts I’ve been to, but I’m hard to spot. You can see my brother right next to me, though.

3) The road leading to Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport is named Wayne Newton Blvd. in his honor. When is the last time you were at an airport? Were you flying somewhere, picking someone up, or dropping them off? That’s been a while, too. I was definitely either picking up or dropping off–I think picking up my brother-in-law when he was coming home from something with the Marines a few years ago.

4) Wayne says Elvis Presley haunts Las Vegas, and believes that The King of Rock and Roll has given him performing and parenting tips from beyond the grave. When did you last see Elvis? On TV, on a t-shirt, poster or magazine cover, or as a ghostly apparition? Probably on TV or online.

5) When Sam walks with her own dad, the problem isn’t that he walks fast. It’s that he’s always stopping to pick up litter he finds on the grass. Litterbugs are his pet peeve. What’s your pet peeve? That’s a good pet peeve to have, and I share it. My current one is people questioning the seriousness of coronavirus.

6) Sam’s own father often traveled for business, and always gave her the complimentary soaps, shampoos or body lotion he got from the hotel. When she went away to college, she used her collection of little bottles and was grateful for all the money they saved her. What’s something you’ve done recently to economize? I do that, too. One of the things I’ve done throughout my pregnancy is any ads or offers for coupons or samples, as long as I don’t have to pay anything other than shipping, I’ve signed up for. I have a nice stash of different brands of diapers, formula if I need it, and bath products.

7) It was her father who taught Sam to drive. Are you a better student or teacher? Probably student, but anytime I’ve had to teach someone something, I have had success.

8) Sam’s father also always asks if her car in “tip top” condition. Most recently he reminded her to test her headlights, tail lights and turn signals while the car is parked to make sure they’re all working. Do you have a car maintenance tip to share? Nope, I’m terrible at it.

9) Sam’s father satisfies his afternoon sugar craving with an almost endless stream of Butter Rum Lifesavers. Do you usually enjoy a between meal snack? Usually, yes, but strangely, pregnancy–especially this late in the game–has kind of killed my appetite. I’m either not eating an actual meal and snacking a little bit here and there or eating a meal or two and maybe having a snack before bed and that’s it.

Saturday 9: The Rain, The Park, and Other Things (1967)

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

1) The Cowsills were a family band who had three hit singles. Can you name another group of popular singing siblings? Hanson!

2) This was their first hit, and it reached #2 on the Billboard charts. It was kept out of the #1 slot by the Monkees and “Daydream Believer.” What’s your favorite Monkees song? Oh, definitely “Daydream Believer.” I’m not a huge Monkees fan, but I adore that song. It’s so damn catchy.

3) After seeing the Cowsill brothers perform with their mother and sister, TV producers were inspired to create the sitcom, The Partridge Family. Did you ever watch it? No.

4) In the song, the narrator takes a flower from a girl in the park. Are there flowers in your home right now? Just fake ones.

5) He isn’t sure if the girl was real, or if he dreamed her. Tell us about a recent dream you had. I haven’t remembered any lately, although I’m pretty sure I had a dream about turning my alarm off and getting up, as one does.

6) At the height of the Cowsills’ popularity, they were hired by the American Dairy Association to promote drinking milk. If we were to peek into your refrigerator right now, would we find any milk? Yep. My family drank a lot of it growing up, and I still do.

7) After the band stopped performing together, John Cowsill went on to become a back up musician for the Beach Boys. His job has kept him on the road much of the time. When you travel, do you enjoy staying in hotels, or would you rather stay with friends/family? It depends–sometimes a hotel is nice because I feel a little more at home there, but staying with other people is more fun.

8)  In 1967, the year this song was popular, Elvis married Priscilla in Las Vegas. Have you attended any weddings yet this year? Are there any weddings in your future? Not yet this year, but we’re invited to two in the fall. Frankly, though, I’m concerned it won’t be safe to go.

9) Random question: Are the bottoms of your feet ticklish? Yep.

Saturday 9: When Love Goes Wrong (Nothing Goes Right) 1953

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

1) This is from the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Have you seen it? I have not.

2) The lyrics tell us that, when love goes wrong, “a match won’t light.” When did you most recently light a match? I don’t know. Maybe the last time we had people over? I keep a small candle lit on the bathroom sink. But I can’t think of when that would’ve been because we really haven’t had anyone over since I got pregnant.

3) The duet is performed at a French sidewalk cafe, where Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe are (literally) sharing a cup of coffee. With whom did you most recently have coffee? So I’ve never been a big coffee drinker, and being pregnant, I do have to limit my caffeine intake. To be cautious, aside from the occasional tea, I’ve totally cut out my lattes and things I used to love, and I’m dying for one. To give me a little taste of that, whenever my husband makes a cup of coffee, I take a sip. This is probably gonna turn me into a proper coffee drinker, not just, like, Starbucks drinks loaded with sugar. But rest assured, the second I’m allowed, I’m getting the biggest caramel macchiato I can find.

4) The tune was written by prolific composer Hoagy Carmichael. He was influenced by his mother, who earned extra money for the family playing piano during silent movies. Who in your life influenced your career choices? My parents, for different reasons. My dad pursued something he liked, at least, but my mom was very vocal about being miserable at work. So from a pretty young age, I didn’t see a point in chasing a good paycheck if it made me dread getting out of bed every morning.

5) Jane and Marilyn shared something beyond movie stardom. They were both married to Hall of Famers. Marilyn Monroe was married to Joe DiMaggio, who was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1955. Jane was married to quarterback Bob Waterfield, inducted into the football Hall of Fame in 1965. Which sport would you rather watch: baseball or football? Baseball. It’s less boring to me.

6) Jane and Bob Waterfield were high school sweethearts at Van Nuys High. The Southern California school was used as a set for the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Tell us something about your high school. I went to a Catholic school in a small town, and a few years ago, it was among the top 50 in the country, I believe.

7) Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio met on a blind date at a Hollywood restaurant called Villa Nova. Have you ever arranged a blind date? If so, did the couple hit it off and end up dating? I haven’t, but I think it would be fun.

8) In 1953, when Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was released, a tornado did severe damage to Waco, TX. Tell us about a major weather event that you endured (tornado, hurricane, flood, blizzard, heat wave, etc.). The occasional tornado has come through the area, but never close to me. We’re more likely to have blizzards, although if you ask just about anyone, they swear they used to be more frequent and more intense. We had Snowmageddon a few years ago, which was probably the worst of the ones in recent memory, but we have had a few nasty storms in the years since. But that was one where everyone just had to kind of hunker down and wait it out for a weekend, and we lost power. When we dug out, it was a mess.

9) Random question: You see a filthy puddle. Floating on top are cigarette butts, a leaf, and a $1 bill. Would you bend over and rescue the dollar? Only if I was really, really desperate.

Saturday 9: Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (1971)

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

1) The lyrics tell us Paul believes it’s going to rain. How’s the weather where you are today? Similar. We started with a short thunderstorm this morning and although most of the rest of the day was sunny, it’s cloudy again now.

2) Paul sings that he is sorry because he hasn’t “done a bloody thing all day.” What do you hope to accomplish this weekend? Because I’m doing this late, I’ll tell you what the answer would’ve been–going to my mom’s house and getting favors together for my drive-by baby shower, and accomplish that we did.

3) He also references butter pie, which is made primarily with potatoes (with onions and, of course, butter). That dish is not popular on this side of the Atlantic. Last time you had potatoes, how were they prepared (baked, mashed, hash browned, french fried …)? They were in a soup! My mom made one of my grandma’s soup recipes while we were over, which always includes big carrots and potatoes.

4) Linda McCartney is credited as co-writer and performer on this recording. Paul and Linda were partners in real life, too; married 29 years, they raised four children together. They often said they tried never to spend more than a few hours apart. Do you enjoy a lot of togetherness, or do you value your personal time? Has your experience with Covid19 and quarantine changed how you feel about this? Both. I tend to need some time to myself but have an easy time getting it. Pre-COVID, my husband had a tai chi class a few times a week, so I had a couple hours to myself a couple times a week and that was generally good enough for me. Especially with him–one of the signs I was in love with him was I get sick of everyone around me at some point or another. I usually needed a break from even my closest friends and family to just have time for myself, and I’ve never, ever felt that with him. And quarantine hasn’t really changed that. It probably helps that his job adjusted his hours to limit the number of people in the building at one time, so we’re on different schedules. But since I work from home, I’m still around that whole time before he goes to work, and it’s not quality time together, but it also doesn’t feel like we’re barely seeing each other. Now, because I’m pregnant, I’ve barely left the house since March, and on top of that, at this point, he’s had to pick up my slack because I’m just not functioning the way I would normally. Between that and quarantine, after the baby is born, I want to find a way for him to get away for a few hours, which is gonna be easier said than done with a new baby in a pandemic that’s not actually over.

5) Paul and Linda came from very different backgrounds. His family was lower middle class, lived in Liverpool’s public housing and received government aid. She grew up in affluent Scarsdale, the daughter of a wealthy theatrical attorney. Do you think it’s more important for a couple to share a common background, or to share common interests? Common interests, but my husband and I are from slightly different backgrounds and it does come up in relationships. For us, it was mostly early on. There were clear differences in attitude about money and it probably does still affect how we approach finances as a married couple, but it’s not something we fight about.

6) Paul is known for his work ethic. At age 78, he’s still making music and performing live. What’s your favorite Paul McCartney song? I like this one a lot! I don’t have a single favorite, but one of them is “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five.”

7) In 1971, when this song was a hit, Bobby Fischer was the world’s most famous and highest-rated chess player. Do you play chess? No. I learned at one point and I’m sure I will again because my husband enjoys it, but for now, no.

8) England’s Princess Anne turned 21 in 1971. The occasion was commemorated by a formal portrait, taken by celebrated fashion photographer Norman Parkinson. Who took the most recent photo of you? I think my husband–we had a small lunch at mom’s for Mother’s Day, so we lined up me, her, and my sister-in-law with the baby for a picture. My mom’s also snapped a couple delightful pregnancy shots of me, mostly sitting in strange places, occasionally with a milkshake in hand.

9) Random question: Do you find it more satisfying to work with your hands, or your head? My head, I think, but I do enjoy hands-on work.

Saturday 9: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Unfamiliar with Judy Garland’s rendition of this week’s tune? Hear it here.

Memorial Day is the federal holiday designated to honor American service people who died in battle. 

1) On May 30, 1868, President Grant presided over the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery. Have you ever visited Arlington Cemetery? I have.

2) On Memorial Day, it is customary to fly the flag at half-staff until noon and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset. Will you be flying the flag at your home this weekend? We don’t have one, no.

3) Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, because flowers and ribbons were left on graves of soldiers.  Do you find solace in visiting cemeteries? I don’t know. I guess a little bit. We’re going to my dad’s grave on Monday.

4) The lyrics to this week’s song were written by Julia Ward Howe in 1861. Her inspiration was a White House visit with Abraham Lincoln. In 2020, under normal circumstances, public tours of the White House are available but you must request your ticket in advance from your Member of Congress (House or Senate). When you travel, do you plan your trip weeks before you go? Or do you decide how your days will unfold once you reach your destination? First of all, I remember back when anyone could get a ticket, you just had to get up early in the morning and line up for it. As for the actual question, it depends who I’m traveling with. Personally, I like a mix of pre-planned things, if it’s that kind of place, with some free days to explore or just hang out. Most of our traveling in the last couple years has been for weddings, and for the most part, what we did was take a few extra days off to enjoy the area. In Erie, we spent time on Presque Isle, and in Virginia Beach about two years ago, we took a couple extra days to enjoy the beach.

5) Judy Garland performed this week’s song before a live audience as a tribute to President Kennedy, who had been assassinated just weeks before. She knew Kennedy personally and considered this a farewell to a friend. While the performance was difficult for her — at one point she flubs the lyrics — she believed it was important, and could perhaps help the country heal. Tell us about a song that reminds you of someone you loved who is no longer with us. Since I mentioned my dad, I made this playlist after he died.

6) John F. Kennedy served in WWII and was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps medal and a Purple Heart. His brother Joe also served and was awarded the Navy Cross, but he received his citation posthumously, having died during a flying mission over East Suffolk, England. Here at Saturday 9, we consider everyone who serves a hero and want to hear about the veterans and active military members in your life. I’m surrounded by them. Both grandfathers served, my dad and one of my uncles did, my brother and my best friend’s boyfriend is National Guard, I have some distant cousins in, some of my husband’s college friends, my brother-in-law was in the Marines for a few years…we’ve got someone in every branch.

7) Memorial Day is considered the beginning of the summer season. Will you be enjoying warm weather this weekend? Oh, yeah. We’re still social distancing, so we won’t be hosting or attending anything like we have in the past, but we’re definitely having summery weather, finally.

8) Berries are especially popular in summer. Which is your favorite: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries? Raspberries and strawberries are probably about tied, then blackberries. I like blueberries the least. We have blackberry bushes at the back of the yard, and we planted some strawberries in the garden this year.

9) If you could attend a Memorial Day picnic with any fictional character, which would you choose? I don’t know.

Saturday 9: Always Remember Us This Way

Unfamiliar with this week’s song. Hear it here.

1) In this song, Lady Gaga sings about the Arizona sky and California gold. Have you visited many of our western states? I haven’t, unfortunately. In the States, I believe the farthest west I’ve gone was St. Louis.

2) She sings that she’s overwhelmed and can’t find the words to express herself. Do you find it easier to share your feelings verbally or in writing? In general, writing–I’m more collected that way.

3) Her real name is Stefani Germanotta. She took her stage name from the Queen song, Radio Gaga. Do you have a favorite Queen song? That’s definitely a top one, and one I find is underrated. I love a lot of Queen songs, but I’m gonna take this opportunity to direct you to another underrated one, “Year of ’39.”

4) Her dad is Joe Germanotta, president of GuestWifi, a company that enables hotels and restaurants to offer high-speed wifi to their customers. Do you consider yourself tech savvy? 

5) Early in her career, Lady Gaga performed songs for a children’s audio book called The Portal in the Park. Tell us about the last book you finished — did you listen to an audiobook, or read a download to an electronic device or a bound book with pages? The last one I finished was a physical copy of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

6) She prefers dogs to cats and tea to coffee. Do you agree with her? Yes on the tea. And while I do have two cats that I adore, I am more of a dog person. The cats’ independence is great, though.

7) Back in 2015, she appeared at the Academy Awards, performing a medley to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. The movie’s star, Julie Andrews, graciously came onstage to thank Gaga for her showstopping performance. Whom did you most recently thank? Probably my husband, probably for bringing me food.

8) In 2018, when this song was first released, retailer Toys R Us closed all its stores and went out of business. What’s the last toy you purchased? The cats’ monthly toy subscription box.

9) Random question: How has social media made your life better? It’s made it super easy to stay connected with family and friends.

Saturday 9: I’ll Always Love My Mama

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

1) This week’s featured artists, The Intruders, sing that they don’t know how their mama made it through the week without ever getting a good night’s sleep. How did you sleep last night? Considering I’m seven months pregnant during a pandemic and share a bed with my husband and usually two cats, pretty good. The last couple nights were harder than usual because on top of pregnancy aches and pains, I’ve had some bouts of acid reflux. I’d be having that even if I weren’t pregnant, but I woke up coughing  with a burning in my throat a couple times. Thank you, Tums, for putting a stop to it.

2) The Intruders performed this song on Soul Train, a syndicated show that ran for more than 3 decades. What show do you try never to miss? There’s nothing I tune in to every single week. I hit stuff online after the fact. There’s too much great TV for me to even try, so I prefer to zero in on one or two at a time.
3) On Soul Train, the Intruders wore solid black shirts beneath their brightly colored jackets. Black, white, khaki, navy and gray are considered neutral colors, because they go with everything. If we were to check your closet, which would we find you wear most often: black, white, khaki, navy or gray? Definitely black.

4) Especially for Mother’s Day: Access Hollywood named Carol Brady of The Brady Bunch TV’s #1 mom. Who is your favorite TV mom? Ooh, I don’t know!

5) Mother Winters always gave Sam peppermint tea to calm her stomach. Do you have any tried-and-true home remedies to share? My grandma always swore by a shot of ginger brandy to help with colds. I think Coke can help settle a stomach, and in college, my roommate and I swore by a 50/50 mix of cranberry juice and ginger ale. And tea!

6) Sam’s mother always tips 15% in restaurants. Sam has worked in food service and is more judgmental, tipping between 10% and 25%, depending on the quality of the service. What’s your tipping policy? Are you more like Sam or her mother? How do you handle tips for carry out or delivery during this Covid-19 crisis? I’m more of a 15% tipper with increases for service, but my husband’s a 20%-er. Frankly, he’s been handling all the takeout and delivery orders right now, so I have no idea what he’s been doing. But when this is all over, and I mean for real, not this nonsense where people are opening up too early, I’m gonna be upping my tips. My husband and I have both been working full-time still and a lot of people aren’t that fortunate, so we can afford to throw a few extra bucks to servers who have been out of work for two months.

7) When the tip of her shoelace becomes frayed, Sam’s mother snips off the end and then paints the tip with clear nail polish. Good as new! Sam thinks that’s crazy because you can just buy new laces for less than $2. Are you more frugal like mother or spendthrift like daughter? I’d probably just buy new laces, but generally, if I can fix something, I’d rather do that than spend money, even if it’s not a lot.

8) Mother Winters loves how french vanilla smells and burns her Yankee Candles all year around. Do you use scented candles or air fresheners? Candles and sometimes whatever candle-like contraptions companies come up with, like tart burners or Yankee Candle’s melt cups. And occasional incense.

9) Sam is celebrating Mother’s Day with her mother’s favorite, Hershey Bars. Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or chocolate with almonds? Classic milk.

Little Things

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.
1) In this song, Bobby Goldsboro celebrates the “little things” that delight him, like seeing his girl smile. What are some little every day things that reliably lighten your mood? My cats, my husband, sunshine, music.

2) Bobby is a lifelong sports fan. While in high school, he came to terms with physical limitations — slender build, slow speed — that would prevent him from having a career as a professional athlete. That’s when he turned his attention to music. Given your choice, would you rather make your living in music or sports? Explain your decision. Music. I love music, and I’m not really a sports person at all. And I have some gripes with the culture and attitudes surrounding sports in this country.

3) Shortly before “Little Things” was released, Bobby toured England for two weeks, backing up Roy Orbison. They opened for The Beatles. Bobby fondly recalls spending time with Paul McCartney, teaching him how to imitate the croak of an Alabama tree frog. Are you good at imitations (human or otherwise)? Not really.

4) Back in the States, Goldsboro (again with Orbison) opened for the Rolling Stones in New York. Which band did you listen to more recently, the Stones or the Beatles? Probably The Beatles. I dabble in The Rolling Stones, but I’ve never been a huge fan.

5) Bobby worked on projects with Burt Reynolds, doing the music for the movie Gator and the TV show Evening Shade. Burt said it was not only Bobby’s musical ability but also his wit that made him fun to work with. What qualities do you value in a coworker? Reliability, but also a good sense of humor and kind of easygoing.

6) These days, Bobby spends more time painting than performing music. He regularly donates his artwork to be auctioned off for charity. Have you ever tried your hand at painting? No, because I’m bad at drawing, so why go further? I’d be interested in trying my hand at, like, a Bob Ross or something, though. He makes it seem so easy.

7) In 1964, when this song was on the radio, women spent more on styling gels and sprays than they do today. Are you having a good hair day? Or has the pandemic made dealing with your hair something of an adventure? So I already shampooed infrequently pre-pandemic because for a while, I had bright hair. Even after I started transitioning to blonde/my more natural color because pregnancy hormones and dye don’t get along in my body, I stuck to infrequent washing. So now since I barely leave the house, that’s still the case.

8) Nationally and internationally, one of 1964’s biggest news stories was the marriage of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The bride wore a yellow dress and white and yellow flowers in her hair. The groom was decked out in a sedate dark suit with a red tie and a yellow boutonniere. What did you wear the last time you got really dressed up? Do I remember when I last dressed up? I guess it would’ve been Christmas, but that wasn’t super fancy and I don’t even remember what I wore. I was in the first trimester still and my clothes mostly still fit, but I felt terrible so much of the time.

9) Random question: Imagine you’re stranded on a desert island with a complete stranger. Would you prefer your one and only companion be a man or a woman? A woman. Unless the man is my husband, then him, but otherwise, I don’t want to deal with it.