Saturday 9: April Love

April Love (1957). Unfamiliar with this week’s song? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Pat Boone sings that April love is a wonder reserved for the very young. Do you think the sensation of falling in love changes as we grow older? I mean, I fell in love with my husband at about 21 and I’m 29 now, so I couldn’t tell ya. But I’d say no. The things you fall in love with probably change, though.

2) “April Love” reached #1 on the charts. Between this song and “Love Letters in the Sand,” Pat Boone had a career year. Only one artist sold more records in 1957: Elvis Presley. When you think of Elvis, what’s the first song that comes to mind? “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” I played it at my wedding.

3) Pat was extremely busy in high school. He wrote for the school paper, ran track, and acted in school plays. Share a memory of your extracurricular activities during high school. I was in our musical my junior and senior years, and it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had.

4) It was his track coach who introduced Pat to the new girl in school, Shirley Foley. Three years later Pat and Shirley married, and remained man and wife for 65 years, until her death earlier this year. Who is the longest married couple you know? My mom’s Aunt Shirley and Uncle Bill, who I believe hit the 60-year mark. I do know that at weddings where they do the thing where they have couples come on the dance floor and then gradually have them leave until the ones left have been married the longest, they win every time.

5) Pat has lived in the same house for more than 60 years. He once received an offer to sell it for $18,000,000 but turned it down because it’s the Boone family home and he simply doesn’t want to leave. Do you plan on moving in the foreseeable future? No, we’ve only been in this house a year. That said, my husband’s company is moving to Mexico and he’s back in the job hunt. I’m very strongly against moving, but there are a few areas where if he’d get hired there, I’d consider it.

6) Pat has a warm friendship with his neighbors, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Pat has mentioned in interviews that he has enjoyed bike rides around Beverly Hills with Sharon. Tell us about one of your neighbors. So we’re the babies of the neighborhood–most of our neighbors are closer in age to our parents. But the ones we see and talk tot he most are right next to us and, like, in their 80s. They’re really sweet and have a really cute dog.

7) Mr. Boone was very critical of Barack Obama, enthusiastically supports Donald Trump, and has appeared on Fox News to express his views. How do you feel about celebrities talking politics? Honestly, they have every right to–they live here, they work here, the pay taxes here, and the policies can affect them and their families, too, so I don’t care if they do it. Even if I disagree, that’s their right. I actually get frustrated when people say celebrities should stick to whatever it is they’re famous for. If you disagree with them, fine. If you choose to only support musicians and actors you agree with, fine. But don’t tell them to shut up.

8) In 1957, the year this song was popular, Dr. Ian Donald pioneered the use of ultrasound technology. Today ultrasounds are commonly used by doctors in diagnosing conditions affecting the eyes, blood vessels, kidneys, gall bladder and more. Have you ever had an ultrasound? I have not.

9) Random question: You’re sitting alone in a restaurant, waiting for a friend. The waiter brings you a drink and the compliments of a member of the opposite sex seated at the bar. What’s your reaction? Are you flattered, shocked, embarrassed, intrigued or annoyed? Probably a weird combination of flattered and annoyed. I’m married, so I’m obviously not interested and honestly probably don’t want to be bothered, and lately, I’ve been interested in the dynamics of buying alcohol for someone. But I’m also flattered that someone did it. Probably a little shocked, too.


Saturday 9: If I Could Turn Back Time

Saturday 9: If I Could Turn Back Time (1989)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

Fun fact, I am going to see Cher in about two weeks!

1) The official video for this song was filmed on board the battleship USS Missouri. When is the last time you were on a boat or ship? It’s been a really, really long time. Probably in my pre-teen years, when my uncle had a boat and we’d spend the night out on the water sometimes when we visited him. That was really cool and a lot of fun.

2) This song was written by Diane Warren. Ms. Warren has written love songs recorded by Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, LeAnn Rimes and more, yet she’s never married and has really only had one serious romantic relationship. She acknowledges this makes her an unusual spokeswoman for the glory and pain of love. When you have a relationship problem, who do you go to for advice? I usually just vent to my best friend. I’ve never really felt like I needed advice–just someone to talk to. That said, she did give me wonderful words of wisdom once. “If you break up, you have to start all over with someone else.” It ends up putting the dumb disagreements in perspective. Sure, if it had been a major issue, that would’ve been different, but it made me go, “Yeah, I don’t want that.”

3) In this song, Cher wishes she could turn back time and have a different conversation with a former lover, changing what she said to him. Here at Saturday 9, we’re not so ambitious with our time travel. We’re only going back to yesterday. Is there anything you’d do differently? I’d try to be more productive, but honestly, in the time I had, I don’t know that there was much room to do more.

4) In 1966, Cher and her then-husband Sonny sang at a private birthday party for Jacqueline Kennedy. At first, Cher didn’t want to do it, thinking that performing to a small gathering would be awkward. But it turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for her. That night, she met Diana Vreeland, the editor of Vogue. Vreeland liked Cher’s look so much she set up a photo shoot. Cher, who always loved experimenting with hair and makeup, enjoyed the shoot immensely. Tell us about a social gathering where you had an unexpectedly good time. Maybe not unexpected, but it is not rare for me to come out of hanging out with someone genuinely wanting to do it more often.

5) At that same party, Cher said she was surprised by how big Jackie’s hands were. Do you like your hands? I quite like them, actually. They’re small, but not, like, disproportionately so. Maybe just dainty and feminine enough.

6) One night, before a performance in Detroit, Cher saw a little furry something under one of her tour buses. It was a kitten that that she named Mr. Big, hoping he would grow into the name. He did, and the tomcat was her constant companion for four years until he died of a congenital heart ailment. She has said that she will “never not miss him.” Is there a furry companion who has a special place in your memories? All of the pets I’ve had, really, especially when they’re all associated with different times in my life. It’s like looking back at past friendships.

7) Cher recently appeared in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. It’s the second movie based on the music of ABBA. What’s your favorite ABBA song? I love ABBA so much. So much. Like, no one did catchy pop on their level, where it was so consistently catchy and good and they never fell short, and they have so many songs I absolutely adore. There’s a reason they got two musicals out of the band’s music. So I will give you two–“Waterloo” always sticks in my head after I hear it, but I’m also having a phase right now with “The Visitors,” which I think is a vastly underrated not just as an ABBA song but also as a glorious pop song in general, with all this great synth work. It’s a good example of how my husband says ABBA manages to squeeze multiple hooks into one song. I also really loved in the Mamma Mia sequel the whole sequence with “Why Did It Have to Be Me?” Speaking of that movie, their “Waterloo” is a work of campy art. I really wasn’t kidding when I said I really love ABBA. I could keep going.

8) In 1989 — the year this song was popular — Mattel released a series of special “Scarlett O’Hara” Barbie doll to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gone with the Wind. Did you enjoy the classic movie? Have you read the book? I’ve never seen it or watched it. I’ll get around to it eventually.

9) Random question — Check your spam folder and tell us one of the subject lines. “Zara has unlocked her private photos for you!”

Saturday 9: The Fool on the Hill

Saturday 9: The Fool on the Hill (1968)

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

Chosen because Monday is April Fool’s Day.

1) As an April Fool’s prank, Taco Bell once announced they had purchased The Liberty Bell and renamed it The Taco Liberty Bell. Describe your perfect taco. Since I’m a vegetarian, tofu, with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and some kind of salsa or sauce.

2) Similarly, as an April Fool’s prank, the Ford Motor Co. was supposed to wipe out the national deficit by purchasing the naming rites to a beloved monument, renaming it the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial. What model car do you drive? Honda Civic.

3) In 1998, Burger King got in on the April Fool’s Day fun by promoting a special “Left-Handed Whopper,” designed to be easier for a leftie to hold. Describe your perfect burger. A veggie burger, of course, but, like, a good, solid one–some veggie burgers are really crumbly and fall apart easily, making for a messy eating experience. As for topics, something fun. I really like an interesting, creative burger. I’ve been to places that have had toppings like goat cheese and apple, and I love stuff like that.

4) In 1962, when color TV was still new, a Swedish station pranked viewers by telling them they could convert their black/white sets to color by cutting up a nylon stocking and stretching it across the screen. Of course, in 1962, more women wore nylons and screens were smaller. How big is your TV? Are there any nylon stockings in your home? It’s a decent-sized one, considering. I don’t know the actual measurements, though. As for nylons, not really, but I have many a pair of lace tights.

5) In 1957, the BBC ran an April Fool’s story about how the Swiss were enjoying a “bumper spaghetti crop,” with spaghetti literally growing on trees. Viewers who called the station, asking how to grow a spaghetti tree of their own, were told to place a sprig of spaghetti in a can of tomato sauce and hope for the best. Have you ever fallen for an April Fool’s prank? The only one that really stands out is one year in high school, when my mom came to wake me up, she told me school had been canceled because of a water-main break, and I’ll believe anything first thing in the morning. Some social-media posts sometimes get me, but I generally remember what day it is pretty quick.

6) When Crazy Sam was growing up, her mother would surprise her on April Fool’s Day by slipping a rubber worm or plastic spider in her lunch box. When you were in school, did you more frequently brown bag it or buy your lunch in the cafeteria line? When I was in elementary school, buying lunch wasn’t an option, so when I got to middle school, I was kind of looking forward to buying my lunch and did it almost every day. And then in high school, I didn’t really want to bother and went back to brown-bagging it. I ate in the cafeteria pretty much every day in college, though.

7) This week’s song was an international hit for Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66. Because of the song’s bossa nova arrangement, everyone assumed the lead singer, Lani Hall, was Brazilian. She was a folk singer from Chicago. Sergio Mendes discovered her at a charity benefit. Can you think of a time when doing good really paid off for you? Not on that level! But it always makes me feel good.

8) In 1968, when this record was popular, Pierre Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada. Today his son holds that office. When did you most recently visit our neighbor to the north? Not since I was a kid at Niagara Falls.

9) Random question: Name three websites you visit every day. Not counting any social media, eBay, NPR, and my online banking.

Saturday 9: Molly Malone

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

1) Are you of Irish descent? Not at all.

2) Legend has it that the heroine of this week’s Irish ballad was a real lass. 17th century birth and burial records confirm that a woman with that name lived in Dublin. Can you think of another song about a real historic figure? I’m gonna go with Abba’s “Waterloo.” It’s not about Napoleon, but it does reference him.

3) Molly sold fish from a cart that she wheeled through the streets. What’s the last seafood you ate? Probably shrimp. It’s the one non-vegetarian food I still struggle with.

4) The lyrics tell us that after her death, her ghost continues to wander the streets of Dublin with her wheel barrow. Do you believe in ghosts? Absolutely. I’ve heard too many weird stories, and I’ve had a few of my own, to believe that absolutely nothing happens after we die. I think there’s a ton we still don’t know.

5) This week’s featured band, The Dubliners, are obviously from Dublin. They were introduced to American audiences on The Ed Sullivan Show. Today, Stephen Colbert tapes his show in The Ed Sullivan Theater. Who hosted the last talk show you watched? I don’t have cable, so I don’t watch full late-night shows, but I recently watched clips of Fallon. And John Oliver, if he counts, but his show isn’t really a proper talk show.

6) Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish. Is it a favorite of yours? Never had it.

7) According to Irish legend, leprechauns earned the gold in the pot they guard by repairing shoes. Crazy Sam can’t remember the last time she got a pair of shoes repaired. When the heels wear away, she discards the shoes and buys new ones. What about you? Do you get your shoes fixed (either by leprechauns or just by ordinary repairmen)? I don’t, but I also don’t usually need to. My shoes hold up pretty well.

8) Do you look good in green, the signature color of St. Patrick’s Day? I think I do, but it’s among my least favorite colors and I own very few green articles of clothing. That could also have to do with going to a Catholic high school that had green as its color, so that meant a lot of the items for our uniforms were green, and you kind of get tired of green after wearing it almost every day for four years.

9) Random question: Did you more recently sneeze or cough? Cough, but I woke up around 4 in the morning feeling pretty congested, so it’s been a fun day for my sinuses.

Saturday 9: Up on the Roof

Saturday 9: Up on the Roof (1979)

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

1) JT sings that when the world gets him down, he goes up on the roof to find peace. When you’re “feeling tired and beat,” what do you do to cheer yourself up? I basically just do what I normally do–read, write, watch Netflix, whatever.

2) He sings that at night, the stars put on a show for free. Are you economizing, or sticking to a budget? Not a strict budget, but we are trying to curb unnecessary spending. My husband is on track to lose his job due to the company moving to Mexico. He’ll get 60 days’ notice and he is looking for something new in the meantime anyway, but we’re trying to get things to a point where if we had to rely on my income temporarily, things wouldn’t be too tight.

3) In addition to recording this song for his album Flag, James Taylor surprised the song’s composer, and his good friend. Carole King by performing it the night she received her Kennedy Center Honor. Tell us about a good turn a friend has done for you recently. My former college was spotlighting women alumni on their social media accounts for International Women’s Day, and my sister-in-law, who is a current student there, threw my name in the mix. So I got a nice tweet about what I’ve been up to. It was a nice little self-esteem boost after getting frustrated with writing-related things that she didn’t even know about.

4) James Taylor and Carole King have been good friends for decades, but they have never been romantically involved. Do you have platonic friends of the opposite sex? At the moment, not really, or at least not that I talk to a lot. But I have in the past.

5) James was born in the Boston hospital where his father worked as a resident physician. Are there any doctors or nurses in your family? We have some nurses in the extended family, plus a few pharmacists.

6) When James was young, his family moved to Chapel Hill, NC. James has vivid memories of how beautiful the area was in all four seasons. What’s your favorite time of year? Summer, always and forever.

7) In 1979, when this recording was popular, ESPN launched. Do you often watch that cable sports channel? Nope. I’d only watch it for hockey, and they don’t seem to talk about that much.

8)  Also in 1979, the Voyager spacecraft sent photos back to earth that revealed Jupiter’s rings. Without looking it up, can you name all the planets in our solar system? Not necessarily in order, at least the last few, but Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto(?).

9) Random question: Our Saturday 9 Wizards give you a choice — you can be 20 years old and gorgeous, 30 years old and brilliant, or 40 years old and rich. Which do you choose? 30 and brilliant, because you can turn that into 40 and rich.

Saturday 9: Come Saturday Moring

Saturday 9: Come Saturday Morning (1969)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) What are your plans for this Saturday morning? Well, at this point, it’s Sunday morning, but I’m still trying to figure it out. I’m going to my parents’ house later on, and it’s looking like if I want to beat the snow, I should leave around noon. But in the meantime, I’d like to go to my favorite coffee shop, hit the gym, maybe do some laundry, maybe hit some Netflix with my husband. I have a few hours yet. As for my actual Saturday morning, that was spent working.

2) In this song, a man sings of going away for the day with a friend. Where did you go on your last day trip? Do weddings count? Because I guess it would’ve been my cousin’s wedding in Bedford. Before that, my husband’s cousin’s wedding in Virginia, but that was a few days–we decided to make a long weekend of it to enjoy the beach. I did do a bus trip to DC in December, too, but that was a weekend. I can’t remember my last real day trip.

3) The lyrics say, “we will remember long after Saturday’s gone.” What’s something you’ve done recently that you predict you’ll remember for a long time to come? Man, I hope it’s all the concerts I go to. I’d love last weekend’s Andrew McMahon show seared in my memory.

4) This song was the Oscar-nominated theme from the movie The Sterile Cuckoo. What’s the first movie song that pops into your head? I just watched the clip of “Shallow” from the Oscars, so let’s go with that.

5) In the movie, Liza Minnelli played Mary Ann Adams, an eccentric girl everyone called “Pookie.” Have you ever been known by a memorable nickname? Who gave it to you? My high-school nickname was Shmee. One of the math teachers used to arbitrarily assign nicknames to everyone in class–like, he’d call on people at random, but within the first week or so, he’d call on you using a nickname you didn’t know you had until that moment. Not all of them stuck, but mine did, so throughout high school, I got called Shmee. Some of my old classmates still call me that when they see me.

6) Today’s group began their career as The Grads. Recording artist/producer Herb Alpert liked their sound but hated their name. Alpert picked “sandpiper” at random out of the dictionary. Do you still have and use a bound dictionary? Or do you rely on the internet for word searches and spelling? I probably have one lurking somewhere, but normally, I’d only use it if I’m reading and come across a word I’m not familiar with. And in that case, my phone’s usually right next to me, so I’ll just Google it.

7) The biggest news story of 1969, the year this song was popular, was one of the biggest news stories of all time. On July 20, Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon. Other than the moon landing, what’s the most consequential event that you’ve seen in your lifetime. How do you feel it changed America, and the world? It’s got to be September 11. I think its impact is still pretty clear.

8) 1969 was a big year for music festivals, with Atlanta, Toronto and Woodstock all holding famous fests. Have you visited Georgia, Ontario or New York (state)? I’ve been to Georgia but only on a layover, and I’ve visited New York a couple of times, mostly New York City. I love it. I could live there if it wasn’t so damn expensive.

9) Random question — According to some plant enthusiasts, house plants do better when they’re spoken to. Do you talk to your plants? I don’t have any right now, but I probably would.

Saturday 9: No. 9 Dream

Saturday 9: No. 9 Dream (1974)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) John Lennon liked the number 9. It shows up in three of his songs (in addition to this song, he performed “Revolution #9” and “The One after 909” with the Beatles). He was born on the 9th of October, as was his son Sean. Coincidentally, “No. 9 Dream” hit #9 on the Billboard chart. Do you have a favorite number? 3. Not sure why.

2) The phrase repeated in the chorus, “Ah bowakawa pousse pousse” means nothing. It’s gibberish that John sang until he could come up with “real” lyrics for this melody. Then he decided he liked the sound of it, so he kept it. Can you think of a word that’s fun to say just because you like how it sounds? Do curse words count?

3) John referred to “No. 9 Dream” as an example of “craftsmanship writing.” A snatch of the melody just came to him and he got it down on a tape recorder, wrote lyrics, arranged it and recorded it in short order because he needed another song to finish the LP, Walls and Bridges. What’s the last thing that you did because you were supposed to or you had to, and not because you wanted to? I guess that depends on your perspective. I recently wrote an article because I claimed it in our queue and I was therefore expected to finish it, but I do that writing in the first place because I want to. It’s my side hustle, but it’s also a choice, and I could easily decide, like, right now that I don’t want to do it anymore and stop.

4) Yet once “No. 9 Dream” was recorded, it became one of John’s favorite of his solo songs. He loved its ethereal feel. Tell us about something that turned out better than you thought it would. I’ve had social interactions that have gone better than expected. I’m sure I’ve written things that have turned out better than I expected, but normally, I’m just critical of myself.

5) When he was working, John drank a lot of tea, as many as 30 cups in a day. Do you take your tea with cream, sugar, honey, or lemon? It depends on the tea, honestly. Black tea, yeah, I’ll do milk and sugar, but other flavored teas, I won’t touch, like fruit teas. Orange comes to mind–that one’s best left alone.

6) During his reclusive years (1975 to 1980), John didn’t have household help, preferring to take care of his young son and housework himself. He did, however, have a chauffeur on call around the clock. If you could afford to a staff of one, what single thing would you have him/her do? Oh, hands down, I would just hire a personal chef. Neither I nor my husband cooks much, but if we could just have someone make us delicious food, done.

7) When John was a boy, he requested water colors and colored pencils for his birthday and at Christmastime. Do you recall a special birthday or Christmas gift you received as a child? A dollhouse one year as a kid, a guitar one year as a teenager. Come to think of it, I think almost all of my guitars were gifts.

8) Beatles producer George Martin said John was “a completely impractical man.” Would you describe yourself as impulsive, with flashes of practicality? Or are you practical, with flashes of impulsivityPractical with flashes of impulsivity. I tend to think I’m more impulsive than I really am.

9) Random question — Congratulations! You just won the Saturday 9 Sweepstakes, and the prize is your choice of a boat or a motorcycle. Which one do you take? The boat. There are a few rivers nearby and I love being on the water, so I’d enjoy that way more.

Saturday 9: Waiting for a Star to Fall

Saturday 9: Waiting for a Star to Fall (1988)

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

1) “Waiting for a Star to Fall” was literally inspired by a falling star. The singing/songwriting duo of Boy Meets Girl was at a big, outdoor concert and could have sworn they saw a falling star in the night sky. Have you ever seen a falling star? No, I always manage to just miss them. There have been at least two occasions where I’ve been with other people who have seen one while I wasn’t looking at the sky.

2) They offered this song to Whitney Houston, who declined to record it. Whitney did have hits with two other songs they wrote: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “How Will I Know?” What’s your favorite Whitney song? “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” I love it so much.

3) Boy Meets Girl were George and Shannon, a husband-and-wife team originally from Seattle, WA. In 2016, Seattle was named America’s most “bike-friendly city.” Do you own a bike? No. I wouldn’t mind getting into biking in nearby parks and trails, but otherwise, there’s no point. I work from home, and although most of the places I go are probably bike-friendly enough to get by, my house is near a lot of hills and back roads, and one in particular leading into to town is a curvy hill that seems like it would be super dangerous to bike, plus a huge pain in the ass. You’d have to be super careful going down, and going up would be exhausting.

4) George and Shannon met for the first time at a wedding. She was a guest, he was in the band. Think of the last wedding present you bought. Was it from the bride and groom’s registry? 99% of the time, I give money. Aside from a bridal shower, the last give I remember taking to a wedding was not from a registry but was a cute little hand-painted set of Christmas ornaments that were personalized. They were for my youngest cousin on my dad’s side.

5) In 1988, when this song was popular, 98% of American homes had a TV set. Today, that figure has dipped to 96%, presumably because Millennials are watching more content online. What’s the last video you watched online? I believe it was Trevor Noah’s take on Liam Neeson’s recent racist comments. I 1,000% agree with what Noah says.

6) In 1988 saw the introduction of one of the most memorable slogans of all time: “Just Do It.” Without looking it up, do you know what brand “Just Do It” promotes? Nike.

7) In 1988, Sonny Bono went from entertainer to Republican politician when he was elected Mayor of Palm Springs. Have you ever met the mayor of your town? Nope.

8) Michael Douglas took home the Oscar in 1988 for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street. The American Film Institute named Gekko one of the “top movie villains of all time.” Do you think bad guys are as interesting as good guys? When they’re well-written–both bad and good guys–yes. It’s easy to make either one too simple, and I think with villains in particular, sometimes it’s like, “This character is evil because I said so and that’s all!” Well-written characters have depth. I love a bad guy whose motivations I understand, and I love a good guy who isn’t perfect.

9) Random question: Have you ever seen a photo of yourself naked? (Baby pictures don’t count.) Just those baby pictures.

Saturday 9: Backfield in Motion

Saturday 9: Backfield in Motion (1969)

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

1) This week’s Saturday 9 has a football theme because there’s a big game Sunday. Will you be watching? Nope.

2) The Super Bowl is the second-largest day for food consumption in the US, second only to Thanksgiving. What’s on your menu this weekend? Last night, it was the new Chinese buffet in town, and today, it was the Cheesecake Factory.

3) Super Bowl Sunday is the #1 day for consuming guacamole. When did you most recently eat something with avocado in it? I actually had a little bit of guacamole today, but normally, it’s rare. I think avocado is boring and overrated.

4) The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, OH. Have you ever visited Canton, or any other city in Ohio? I haven’t been to Canton, but I’ve been to Columbus and Cleveland. I live close enough to the Ohio border that it’s not a long drive, and my mom has some family in Ohio.

5) This song mentions different moves that football players — and, it seems, girlfriends — can make that will result in penalties. What’s the last rule you broke? What were the consequences? Eh, probably speeding, and there were no consequences.

6) In 1969, the year this song was popular, the Colts lost to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. The game is famous because of all the hype leading up to it, including Joe Namath “guaranteeing” his underdog Jets would win. Tell us about a time when you felt like an underdog. Ooh, I don’t know. I mean, there have been a lot of times I’ve felt, like, belittled or small or disregarded, but not necessarily an underdog.

7) This week’s featured duo, Mel and Tim, are cousins from Mississippi. Tell us about one of your cousins. My cousin Meredith lives in Texas now, we send each other pretty great politically themed gifts, and I keep telling her I want to go to visit her and the universe keeps conspiring against that.

8) The song is about a man who catches his girl cheating and he just won’t put up with it. In romance, do you find it easy to forgive and forget? I mean, it depends. With my husband? Almost always, yeah, but that’s also because he’s never done anything so egregious that it was difficult to move past or a dealbreaker. But I think sometimes, the idea of “forgive and forget” is applied when maybe it shouldn’t be, in the sense that some people put up with some pretty big things in the name of love when maybe it’s unhealthy to do so.

9) Random question: You’ve collected a box of gently used items to donate to a second hand store. What would it be most likely to contain: clothes, housewares, or books/video/music? Clothes, hands down. I have tons, and I slowly but surely fill bags of stuff I don’t like or that’s old and doesn’t fit anymore to take to donate or sell on Poshmark. Books, movies, and music rarely leave this house at all, and I often try to sell those, too. I don’t think we’ve ever donated housewares. We’ve never had anything to take, although now that we’re going through things from the move, that may change. A few things are going to siblings, but we have so many unneeded lamps that one or two will surely end up being donated.

Saturday 9: My Favorite Things

Saturday 9: My Favorite Things (2018)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) This week’s artist, Jennie Abrahamson, is very happy living in Stockholm, but she refers to Paris as “a flirt.” She enjoys her time there so much she always wants to return. Is there a place you’ve visited that tugs at your heart and imagination, tempting you to return? New York City. It’s been a good several years since I visited, but I always loved it and felt like I could live there.

2) Jennie has said her music has been heavily influenced by 80s pop, which was popular in her early teen years. Are your favorite songs the ones you listened to when you were growing up? Some of them. My parents raised me on the music from their teens, and I still love that. As for what I discovered and fell in love with on my own as a teenager, some of it I kind of got tired of and have left behind, some I still love–and sometimes there’s a middle ground, where I forget about something for a long time and then re-discover it.

3) “My Favorite Things” is from The Sound of Music. Crazy Sam’s high school claim to fame was playing Sister Margaretta in the senior class production. Though not a big part, her performance lives on because relatives love embarrassing her with pictures of her in an especially unflattering nun’s habit. Who took an embarrassing photo of you? What were you doing? There’s a very unflattering photo, or was, of me asleep on our flight home from Mexico.

4) The lyrics celebrate “brown paper packages tied up in strings.” What was in the last box you received in the mail? I believe it was a cat necklace I bought on Etsy. If not, it was clothes. Can’t remember what came on what day.

5) It mentions doorbells and sleighbells. What’s the most recent bell or alarm that you heard? Probably the bell in professional wrestling I had to watch at work on Friday.

6) This song has nice things to say about cold weather, specifically snowflakes and mittens. What do you like about winter? Snow is pretty. That’s it.

7) Dog bites and bee stings are singled out as things that can leave us feeling sad. What’s most recently given you the blues? A funeral.

8) In 2018, when this song was released, Roger Federer won the Australian Open. Are you good with a racket? Nope.

9) Random question — Your local zoo announced the hatching of three snowy owlets. All males. You won the honor of naming them. Go ahead. Harry Potter names are the obvious choice. You could go with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, or Hedwig and two other owl names from the books.