Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) Gamal Lewis got the nickname "LunchMoney" in 10th grade because of his round cheeks and because lunch was his favorite part of the school day. What do you recall about lunchtime in the school cafeteria?
In high school, we band people were always cramming food in at record pace because we never got in from rehearsing on time, and the lunchroom was on the other side of the building. In grade school, I just remember the hot lunch line and the fact that I almost always had a lunchbox. The thermos never kept the milk cool. Yuck -- luke-warm milk.2) His father and uncle were members of the band Inner Circle. Their song, "Bad Boys" was the theme to the reality show Cops. What reality show have you seen recently?
We are addicted to Deadliest Catch, which has just restarted. It's fun to watch because, for the most part, what's happening is real, not scripted, and the guys are just trying to stay alive and make some money. They don't sugar-coat the bad shit either: drug addiction, death, horrific injuries.... These are just regular, occasionally jerky, guys doing their jobs.3) In this song, Mr. Lewis sings that his mama taught him how to put on pajamas. What did you wear to bed last night?
I put on my summer nightgown last night because it was too warm in the bedroom to wear flannel. But I'm not cashing in the flannels quite yet either. Spring hasn't fully sprung, I'm sure.4) He claims he can't ever lie to his mama because she'll hear it in his voice. Are you a convincing liar?
Yes.5) LunchMoney sings that his mama made him chicken soup when he was sick. Do you eat soup all year around, only during winter months, or just when you're battling a cold?
I don't make soup at home very often, maybe 5-6 times a year. And yeah, usually when someone is sick, but sometimes I just feel like a nice chunky chowder for no good reason.6) The lyrics tell us that when her son was hungry, Mama reliably whipped something up. What's the last food you prepared?
I rolled up some cheese in a tortilla and nuked it for breakfast about 20 minutes ago.7) He also sings that his mama always made sure he had a few dollars in his pocket. Let's talk about you and money. Did you more recently lend or borrow it?
I guess, technically, I borrowed: charging dinner at Panera last night counts, right?8) Mother's Day is for grandmothers, too. Sam grew up calling her grandmother "Grandgran." Did you have a nickname for your grandmother?
My mom's mom for some reason was "Nannie," which ended up just being thoroughly confusing because of all the British nanny stuff, and the fact that there was a plethora of people named Nancy in my life as a child. I couldn't ever figure out who any of the "Nan..." people were! And on the other side there was "Grandma"--usually understood to be my paternal grandmother--but also Grandma [last name] who was my Dad's maternal grandmother; she was gone by the time I appeared on the scene, but she came up in conversation an awful lot.9) To celebrate Mother's Day, Sam is giving away her own mother's favorite candy: Hershey Bars. Would you prefer milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate with almonds?
No dark chocolate for me; either of the others is fine.