Saturday 9: Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart (1982)

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

1) With whom did you most recently have a “heart-to-heart” talk? Eh, maybe my mom? We talked a little bit about religion and the state of the Catholic church.

2) When this song was on the charts, audiences were tuning in to a TV show called Hart to Hart. Are you familiar with it? No.

3) In the music video, Kenny Loggins plays an illustrator. It’s said that the hardest thing to draw is a straight line, because all the joints in your hand have to work together in sync. Can you draw a straight line, without the aid of a ruler or a straight edge? Probably not. I’ll think it’s straight, but it probably won’t be.

4) This video also prominently features teddy bears. A 2018 article in the NY Post estimates that 4 in 10 adults has a plush toy of his/her own. Are you one of the 40%? I am. I have a few I’ve gotten as little gifts, especially from my brother, and I also still have a lot from when I was a kid. Most of those are gonna be gone through, but I’d like to hold on to some.

5) Kenny Loggins performed in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall. Do you have a favorite Aretha Franklin song? Not really.

6) Kenny cowrote this song with Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers. You can also hear Michael on the background vocals. Do you have a favorite Doobie Brothers song? I didn’t think I did, but I decided to look, and I do quite like “Listen to the Music.”

7) The third cowriter is David Foster. 1982 was a big year for Foster, since Chicago had a big hit with another of his compositions, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” Do you have a favorite Chicago song? Nope. Not a big fan of theirs.

8) In 1982, when this song was popular, Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide killed 7 people in Chicago. In response, tamper-proof packaging was introduced. What’s the last thing you opened that required you break a seal? Cottage cheese.

9) Random question – You’re having a party. Which guest annoys you most: the one who arrives 20 minutes early, or the one who shows up 20 minutes late? Neither? I guess if I have to pick, 20 minutes early because I’m almost definitely spending those 20 minutes finishing up cleaning, but it’s not enough to be a big deal. And for parties, being 20 minutes late is generally not a big deal.

Saturday 9: The Addams Family

The Addams Family (1964)
Unfamiliar with this week’s song. Hear it here.

1) One of TV’s spookiest families was inspired by a series of New Yorker cartoons. What’s the last magazine you flipped through? Most likely Rolling Stone.

2) The Addams’ butler, Lurch, was originally conceived as a mute. But then actor Ted Cassidy ad libbed the line, “You rang?” and Lurch had a voice, and a catchphrase. Can you think of another catchphrase connected to a TV character? “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”

3) Now here’s the most important question of the week: Do you prefer The Addams Family or The Munsters? Growing up, it was The Munsters, but I think I’ve shifted to The Addams Family.

4) What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen? I don’t know. I remember thinking Signs was terrifying when it first came out–I was maybe 12 or 13–but there’s nothing that stands out to me still as being the scariest ever. I found The Exorcist to be underwhelming.

5) Thursday was Halloween. What goodies did you give the trick or treaters? We don’t get any trick-or-treaters here! It’s a bummer.

6) Are you attending/have you attended any Halloween parties this year? I really wanted to have one, but the timing just wasn’t working out. I went to parties around Halloween, but none specifically for the holiday. I’m hoping next year, we’ll actually have one. I’ve always wanted to.

7) Did you carve a jack o’lantern this year? No, that was something my family never got into.

8) Do you eat candy corn all year around … only at Halloween … or never? Only at Halloween, but that’s another thing I didn’t do this year.

9) In 1964, when The Addams Family premiered, one of the most popular store-bought Halloween costumes was Bambi. It came with a plastic mask held on by a thin elastic band. Tell us about a memorable Halloween costume from your childhood. Ooh, I don’t know! I never did anything that really stands out, except for maybe the year I was four and the whole family went as the Flintstones.

Saturday 9: Miss Me More

Saturday 9: Miss Me More (2018)

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.
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1) This song is about a girl who ditched her high heels so she wouldn’t be taller than her beau. Tell us about the most recent addition to your footwear wardrobe. Do you need to go shoe shopping? I absolutely do not, but I love shoes. I bought a pair of vegan leather boots most recently.

2) She sings that she misses the sheets on the bed she made herself. As you answer these questions, is your bed made? Here’s the thing–aside from when fresh sheets are ready, I find making the bed to be an absolutely pointless chore. You’re making it look tidy for who, exactly, and what reason? Beds are for sleeping, which we do every night, and I’m not interested in a chore I have to repeat every day that’s essentially only for aesthetics. So no, my bed is not made.

3) This video shows her in a ring. Have you ever worn boxing gloves? Nope.

4) This week’s featured artist, Kelsea Ballerini, got married on Christmas Day in 2017. That makes their anniversary easy to remember. Are you celebrating any birthdays or anniversaries this month? My brother’s birthday was the 15th, and it would’ve been my grandfather’s the day before. The anniversary of his death, though, is the 18th.

5) Kelsea has been quoted as saying, “Perfect doesn’t exist.” She worries that we exhaust ourselves “trying to be something that isn’t real.” How about you? Do you believe your best is good enough? Or do you strive for perfection? I’d say I do my best. Perfection is great, but it’s unattainable, and although I’d sometimes describe myself as a perfectionist, I also know there’s no such thing.

6) One of Kelsea’s tattoos is a square inside of a circle, aka a square peg in a round hole, on her left wrist. She says it’s there to remind her that it’s OK to “not fit the mold of what normal might be.” Tell us about a time where you felt like a square peg in a round hole. I felt it with some friends for a time, and I’ve felt it with in-laws. But in the case, I knew that going in, which makes it a little different, I think.

7) In 2018, when this song was popular, French President Emmanuel Macron lowered fuel taxes. When it’s time to fill your tank, do you shop around for the best price? Not usually, unless I just happen to be on a longer drive and know I’ll pass a few gas stations and can use an app to find the cheapest option. But otherwise, it makes more sense to go with what’s convenient. Besides, enough gas stations have some sort of loyalty program that I’m usually able to save at least a little money wherever I do go.

8) Also in 2018, Luxembourg made all public transportation free. When is the last time you rode a bus or train? It wasn’t public transportation, but I rode a bus last winter as part of a trip to D.C. I haven’t ridden an actual train in a several years, but I have ridden a subway train in the last few months.

9) Random question: When did you most recently say, either out loud or to yourself, “I haven’t got a thing to wear?” Whenever I left the house last, which was yesterday, Sunday. I work from home, so it’s not usually an issue.

Saturday 9: I’d Really Love to See You Tonight

I’d Really Love to See You Tonight (1976)

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

1) This song is about a guy who, out of the blue, phones an ex. Have you ever spontaneously phoned or emailed a former lover? Has an ex ever reached out to you? I don’t really have any exes!

2) He suggests walking through the park, taking a drive along the beach, or watching TV. Do any of those suggestions appeal to you right now? All of them do, but the beach is the most appealing, as always.

3) “England Dan” got his nickname because he was a passionate Beatles fan and would affect a British accent when he talked about his favorite group. Are you good at imitating accents? I think I am, but don’t most people?

4) Dan met John Colley when they were high school classmates in Dallas. When they were still kids, they agreed that “John Ford Coley” would be a better stage name. Think back to your high school days. Which of your friends daydreamed along with you? I don’t know! Probably the fellow theater nerds, but I really don’t think anyone shared my daydreams.

5) After the duo disbanded, “England Dan” went to Nashville, billed himself by his real name — Dan Seals — and recorded country music. Who is your favorite country performer? It’s a cliche, but probably Johnny Cash. I’m not a big fan of country, and the country I do like tends to be older–those were the musicians doing it the best. I can’t stand this bro country that’s about, like, trucks. Johnny Cash had actual talent and integrity.

6) Today John Ford Coley lives in TN. He performs occasionally and raises horses. Have you ever been to TN? I haven’t, but despite my dislike of most country music, I’d like to go! It seems like just about everyone who visits enjoys it.

7) In 1975, when this song was popular, Foster Grant Sunglasses had a suggested retail price of $5/pair. Do you buy sunglasses more for fashion or utility? Both? I’m the kind of person who has pairs of sunglasses all over the house and car and is always buying more, but I also use them often. My husband teases me over what I consider to be “bright” outside.

8) The most popular movie of 1975 was Jaws. Have you seen it? Not the whole thing. It’s one of those movies that’s been on TV so you put it on but you never sit and devote your time to it beginning to end.

9) Random question: Excluding anyone related to you by blood or marriage, what man are you closest to? I don’t know! That rules out most of the men I know! I’ve lost touch with pretty much all of my male friends over the years, and with a few of them, that’s certainly a good thing.

Saturday 9: Like You Were Dying

Live Like You Were Dying (2003)

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

1) This song is about a man whose father advises him to live life to the fullest, to become “the friend you’d like to have.” How about you? Are you the friend you’d like to have? You know, there are things I could do better, but overall, yes.

2) The song lists several “bucket list” items: skydiving, mountain climbing, riding a bull. Have you done any of those things? Would you like to? I haven’t done any of them. I would love to climb a mountain, I could probably be talked into skydiving, but I would never ride a bull, not entirely because of safety–although that is a factor–but more because I don’t see the point and don’t like the idea of using an animal in that way.

3) In the music video, Tim McGraw is wearing a white button-down shirt, blue jeans and a cowboy hat. Which of those items is in your wardrobe? Definitely jeans, maybe a white button-down.

4) He wears a cowboy hat because he is embarrassed by the size of his forehead. When you wear a hat, are you more likely doing it for style, like Tim, or for protection from the elements? The elements. The closest I come to style is a little white knit hat I have, but even then, it’s only really coming out in cooler weather.

5) McGraw’s biological father was Tug McGraw, pitcher for the Mets and Phillies. How did your baseball team do this season? My team is the Pittsburgh Pirates and that’s all I need to say for you to know how they did this season.

6) Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill live just outside of Nashville. They enjoy inviting friends over to sit around a bonfire, drinking beer and playing guitars. Tell us about the most recent gettogether you had with friends. My friend Marissa just bought a house and had a housewarming party. It was a pretty standard deal for us with booze, a board game, and conversations that ranged from the serious to the absurd, but it was a lot of fun and we had a really good time.

7) Tim likes his tattoos. He admits his silliest one — a leprechaun wearing a cowboy hat — was acquired during a night of drinking. Do you have a tattoo? If so, are you glad you have it and would you get it again? I have a small heart on my wrist. My feelings towards it now are…complicated, given the circumstances under which I got it. And whether or not I’d get it again is also…complicated. I guess I’d say if I could go back in time and talk to myself and tell myself about things that happened afterwards, I absolutely would not. I intend to make some changes to it, actually.

8) In 2003, when this song was popular, the supersonic Concord took its last flight. When did you most recently board a plane? What was your destination? It’s been a good few years. I think it would’ve been when I flew to St. Louis (and back, of course) with my dad to go to my brother’s graduation from boot camp.

9) Random question: When did you last walk around the house naked? This morning, I think! I was only wearing a pair of red pajama shorts and did laundry, and I happened to be washing reds and figured I might as well take them off and toss them in. So I was naked after that, until I put on a different pair of pajama shorts.

Saturday 9: (Dear Mr. Gable) You Made Me Love You

(Dear Mr. Gable) You Made Me Love You (1938)

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

1) This version of “You Made Me Love You” is the teenaged Judy Garland’s fan letter to Clark Gable. Tell us about one of your teen crushes. Pretty much any dude in a rock band, especially if he sang or played guitar.

2) Garland sang to this to Gable at a birthday party thrown for him at MGM. Who is the last person you sang “Happy Birthday” to? I don’t know! We haven’t really done it in a while, even when we have celebrated a birthday. Maybe one of my in-laws?

3) Thinking of birthdays … Judy received an engagement ring from the man who would be her first husband, David Rose, for her 18th birthday. Are you wearing a ring, or any jewelry, as you answer these 9 questions? Nope. I just woke up a little bit ago and I’m just hanging out at home today while I have the day off, so no jewelry.

4) It’s said Judy’s favorite dish was steak and kidney pie. If you could have anything at all for dinner tonight, what would you choose? A pasta of any kind.

5) Judy was ambidextrous, writing with her left hand but playing tennis with her right. Are you equally comfortable using your right and left hands? Not at all.

6) To relax between takes of her most famous movie, The Wizard of Oz, Judy read comics in the newspaper. Do you still read a printed newspaper? Not printed, but I do have a digital subscription to my local paper. And I know we’ve all gotten accustomed to getting those kinds of things for free, but please consider paid subscriptions to publications you like! If you value it, a paid subscription will help keep it alive.

7) She could also knit. Judy was known to make blankets and caps for the children of crew members on her films. Do you knit? No.

8) In 1938, when this record was popular, the March of Dimes was founded. Do you have any dimes in your wallet (or pocket) right now? There are probably a couple in my wallet.

9) Random question: Catsup puddle next to your fries, or a drizzle of catsup on your fries? Puddle!

Saturday 9: Shake It Off

Shake It Off (2014)

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

1) This song makes Crazy Sam want to dance. What song inspires you to get on your feet? There are many.

2) Paul McCartney met Taylor Swift at the SNL 40 Anniversary special and told her he really enjoys playing and singing this song. What’s the last song you sang along with? I don’t know, which is weird because I sing along to almost everything. Nothing that’s popping up in my “recently played” tabs is something I sing along to.

3) The lyrics tell us Swift “shakes off” nasty gossip and unfair criticism. What about you? Do you worry about what others think of you? Generally, no. I toe this weird line where I don’t care about the world at large, yet I don’t like it if I think someone dislikes me.

4) Her parents are big music fans, and were going to name their baby (boy or girl) “Taylor” after their favorite artist, James Taylor. Can you think of a singer that your mom and/or dad really enjoyed? Oh, easy. We were raised on music. For my mom, her biggest two were and still are Prince and Stevie Nicks. The only solo artist I ever remember my dad really enjoying was Meatloaf–and Steve Perry–but he was mostly into classic-rock bands.

5) She grew up on an 11-acre Christmas tree farm. Do you get a fresh tree every year, or do you have an artificial tree, or do you not put up a tree at all? We have an artificial tree, but we never finished putting it up last year. We were kind of trying to do it in stages because of the cat, who was new at the time, and never finished, and this year, we’ve added a second cat to the mix, so who knows?

6) Taylor Swift is 5’10”. According to the CDC, the average American woman is 5’4″ while men are, on average, 5’9″. Are you taller or shorter than average? I am technically taller than average, coming in at 5’4 1/2″.

7) She enjoys good, old fashioned mysteries, especially those by Agatha Christie. Are you currently reading a book for pleasure? I am always reading a book for pleasure. The current stack is Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn, The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larson, The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, and Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

8) Her brother Austin is a freelance photographer who took the official pictures for her 2008 concert tour. Who took the last photo of you? Myself, but other than that, my mom took one of my recently being harassed by the dog for food.

9) Random question: What’s your go-to comfy outfit? Anything involving leggings. Unless I’m at home, in which case it’s either my undies or, in the winter, flannel jammies.

Saturday 9: The Candy Man

THE CANDY MAN (1972)
Unfamiliar with this week’s song? Hear it here.

1) This song is from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. The movie was remade as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. Which Wonka did you prefer? In high school, I definitely would’ve told you Johnny Depp’s, but these days, I’m not sure which I prefer.

2) In the movie, this song is sung by Bill, the candy store shopkeeper. Think about the last counter person you dealt with. We know that he or she likely didn’t break into song, but did you two engage in conversation? No, but I did have a brief conversation with a cashier recently.

3) The lyrics tell us that The Candy Man can make the world taste good. What’s the last thing you ate? Was it delicious, or just OK? I am currently eating Rita’s frozen custard, and it is indeed delicious.

4) The most popular recording of this song was by Sammy Davis,  Jr. Sammy was in a horrific car accident when he was 29 years old. His cheek and nose were broken and he lost an eye. That he survived at all left him reflective and after his hospitalization, he converted to Judaism. Do you still worship in the faith you were raised in? No. I was raised Catholic and while I do attend the occasional mass for holidays or weddings and christenings, it’s not really for me. I disagree with a lot of the church’s teachings.

5) Sammy was proud of the honorary college degrees because he received because never formally attended school. As a child, he performed on the road with his father and uncle. In addition to depriving him of an education, that lifestyle kept him from kids his own age. He would later describe his childhood as, “in a word, ‘lonely.'” Give us a one-word description of your childhood. Typical.

6) Because he spent so much of his youth on the road, living on buses, trains and hotel rooms, he loved eventually having his own kitchen and being able to cook his own meals. This weekend, will you spend much time in the kitchen? I usually don’t, but with some free time coming up, I hope to!

7) Sammy enjoyed experimenting with clothes and jewelry. What about you? Do you consider yourself conservative in dress or are you fashion forward? I’m not fashion forward, for sure–I don’t pay attention to trends at all and I think the entire industry is built on the whims of the people in charge, making the whole thing bullshit. But I’m not conservative, either. I’m mainly a jeans-and-t-shirts girl and don’t do anything too over-the-top, but I do like to play a little at times.

8) When he died, Sammy was in debt to the IRS. Do you handle your own taxes, or do you use the services of an accountant? So my mom does my taxes, but the catch is my mom is a CPA. So I joke that I use my personal accountant.

9) Random question: If you had to tell nothing but the truth (not even the tiniest white lie) for 24 hours, do you think you’d get yourself in trouble? Nah, not at all.

Saturday 9: The Straw Hat Song

The Straw Hat Song (1955)

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

1) In this song, Desi Arnaz encourages us to laugh and sing instead of concentrating on our troubles. Is this an approach to life you could adopt? Or are you a worrier? I don’t think I’m much of a worrier anymore. Things are pretty good right now, for one, and although I do sometimes dread things I don’t like or don’t want to do, I have a pretty relaxed attitude and feel like things will work out and don’t dwell on problems.

2) Because Desi’s public persona was carefree, people are often surprised to learn his early life was hard. In 1933, his wealthy family was targeted by Cuban revolutionaries. Their home was destroyed and were forced to flee the country. In Miami, they lived in a warehouse and 16-year-old Desi helped support the family by cleaning cages for the man who sold canaries outside a drugstore. Think about your friends and acquaintances. Whose life story turned out to be very different than you originally thought? Ooh, I don’t know! I think the biggest thing is, like, who has kids and who doesn’t. It’s not what I would have predicted, say, in high school or college.

3) While still in his teens, Desi got his first job as an entertainer. As a boy in Cuba, he expected to be a lawyer, not a musician. He only began playing guitar because he noticed girls like musicians and he liked girls. Tell us about a hobby of yours, and what inspired you to pick it up. I’m gonna go with writing, just because it’s the only thing I’ve kept up with lately. I got into it because I was a voracious reader, and at a really, really young age, I figured out I enjoyed writing, too.

4) He discovered he was not only a talented musician but a natural leader. By the tender age of 19, he had organized The Desi Arnaz Orchestra and they were performing in Miami hotels. Have you ever been a boss? If so, did you enjoy it? I have not, and I think I’d hate it.

5) When he was 23, he went to Hollywood to try his hand at movies and met a 28 year old actress named Lucille Ball. In Hollywood back in 1940, it was considered embarrassing for a woman to date a younger man. Their initial attraction was so powerful she quickly got over it. Do you think age matters when it comes to romance? Only in the sense that maturity is a factor. But for the most part, no, I don’t think age matters.

6) Desi was the first person to call that famous redhead “Lucy.” Throughout her entire life, friends, family and coworkers always referred to her as “Lucille,” as she preferred. But Desi insisted on “Lucy.” He said that name was his and his alone. Ironically it became the way the world referred to her. Do you have a pet name for anyone? Not really.

7) Lucille and Desi named their son and daughter after themselves. Were you named after anyone? My middle name is the same middle name as my dad’s sister, who was stillborn.

8) Desi was the founding force behind Desilu. One of the first great production studios of the television age, Desilu grossed $15 million in 1957 (more than $135 million in today’s dollars). He credited his success to his unconventional and creative approach to problems. Are you a good problem solver? I like to think so.

9) Random question: Who annoys you more, a know-it-all or an ignoramus? Probably a know-it-all. You can at least try to educate an ignoramus, but know-it-alls tend to stay that way and not think it’s a problem.

Saturday 9: The Sweet Escape

The Sweet Escape (2006)

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

1) This song begins with, “First of all, let me say I must apologize …” Who most recently apologized to you? I don’t know but probably my husband and probably over something small.

2) Gwen Stefani sings that she acted like “sour milk on the floor.” Is there milk in your refrigerator right now? What about non-dairy creamer? There’s milk. No non-dairy creamer, but probably some almond milk and old half-and-half.

3) In the video, Gwen wears several different pairs of stiletto heels. What are you wearing on your feet as you answer these questions? Nothing. For as much as I do love shoes, I love being barefoot more.

4) Mrs. Stefani named her daughter “Gwen” after a stewardess in the book/movie Airport. Who was your favorite character in the book you just read, or movie you most recently watched? I don’t know. I don’t have strong feelings about any of the characters in anything I’m reading right now or read recently, and I can’t think of what movie I saw last.

5) Gwen is a distant cousin of Madonna’s. Are there any performers in your family? No, although some of us wanted to be once.

6) In high school, she joined the swim team not because she enjoys swimming but because she wanted to lose weight. Are you doing anything (dieting, participating in an exercise regimen) in order to shed a few pounds? I’m trying to be more careful about what I eat, and I’m back in a decent gym routine. It’s been a chaotic year and it seems like I’d have a great week and something would come up the next, so I’m glad that I’ve been back at it for almost two weeks.

7) Before she became successful, Gwen worked at the makeup counter in a department store. What was the last thing you purchased? Did you buy it online or at a store? Most likely online. I have nail wraps on the way, that’s for sure.

8) Gwen has gotten a great deal of publicity for her romance with country star, Blake Shelton. What’s your favorite Blake Shelton song? I can’t think of one, and although he has a few songs I very strongly dislike, I do know he has some I like, too.

9) Random question: Which of these compliments would make you the happiest — to be called fascinating, or brilliant, or gorgeous? Probably fascinating.