Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday 9

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Hello, Dolly (1964)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about a woman returning to the town where she was happiest. How many towns have you lived in?
Technically, six, though at 8 addresses.
2) Crazy Sam played Ernestina in her high school production of Hello, Dolly! and still remembers one of her lines: "Hey, you with the big ears! What are you doing after the show?" Tell us something that you memorized for school that is still rattling around in your brain.
"About above across after against along around among at..." from Mrs. White's list of prepositions we had to memorize in 7th grade.
3) This week's featured artist, Louis Armstrong, got his start entertaining diners on riverboat dinner cruises. Have you ever taken a dinner cruise?
Yes, actually, on Lake Erie for MIL and FIL's anniversary dinner many years ago.
4) Armstrong took his nickname, "Satchmo," from "Satchel Mouth" -- a slang term for someone with a wide mouth, which Louis believed was his most distinguishing feature. What do you think people notice first about you?
These days, it's probably my weight. I'd like it to be my smile.
5) In 1936, Louis became the first African American to get featured billing in a Hollywood movie. Have you seen any of this summer's big movies?
6) When "Hello, Dolly" composer Jerry was growing up, he was close to an aunt named Belle who encouraged his love of music. Tell us about one of your aunts or uncles.
The only one I have any firm memories of is Aunt Miriam, my dad's sister. Her kids were only slightly older than me. There were my mother's brothers, but they were gone before I was old enough to have any memories of them...and family conflict essentially cut us off anyway before I was 6. Aunt Miriam was pretty uptight and "weird" but she did buy Marcia (her daughter) and me sno-cones once, which I remember my parents being pissed off about for some reason.
7) Though famous for composing the scores of Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles, Jerry Herman can't read music. Can you?
Yes I can. Since I was a wee tot.
8) Now retired, Mr. Herman lives in Miami. This is Miami's "wet season," which lasts into October. When did it last rain where you are?
Tuesday? I think? It's been chilly and cloudy a lot this week, with some gully-washers.
9) Random question: Have you suffered a sunburn this summer?
Nope. Haven't been in the sun at all.

4 sweet-talkers :

Kwizgiver said...

I actually envy your chilly/cool weather. It's been in the mid to upper 80s here. And my school's not air conditioned ( of course not)--the second floor south-facing room of mine gets awfully steamy with teenage bodies in it!

Cat. said...

By cool, I actually meant not much cooler than what you're talking about, and VERY humid. I've been sweating and shivering all week.

The Gal Herself said...

Love your snocone memory. It rings so true. Adults are such a bewilderment to kids.

CountryDew said...

I enjoyed your memory of your aunt. It is good to have family, even if they are weird. (Most are.)

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