Friday, January 8, 2021

Saturday 9- All Shook Up


Saturday 9: All Shook Up (1957)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
Chosen because January 8 is the anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth.

1) In this song, Elvis shares quite a list of maladies: he's itching, his hands are shaky, his knees are weak, he has chills ... How are you feeling this morning? My body is always achy... well, my back and hips are anyway. It stinks getting older.

2) He also mentions being "tongue tied." The dictionary defines it as, "unable to speak freely, as from shyness." Do you often find yourself tongue tied? I do... I am very shy and my words do not come out quite right sometimes. I am a better writer as far as getting my feelings across.

3) Even after he was wealthy, Elvis never lived away from his parents. At one point Graceland Mansion was home to four generations of the family: his grandmother, his father and stepmother, Elvis, his wife and daughter. Have you ever lived in a multi-generational household? No

4) Thinking of family, Elvis Presley was a distant cousin of President Jimmy Carter. Both of their family trees can be traced back to the 18th century and Thomas Preslar (before the surname was changed to Presley in the early 1800s). Have you traced your ancestry? If not, is it something you'd like to do? I did trace my family and Karl's family for Josh when Josh was really little. 
5) As an adult, Elvis never wore denim (except for a movie role). That's because when he was in school, his classmates teased him for "dressing poor" in jeans and coveralls. Is denim a big part of your wardrobe today?  definitely
6) Before becoming famous, Elvis drove a truck in and around Memphis. Have you ever had a job that kept you behind the wheel most of the day?  no, I hate driving for a long time.

7) In 1957, the year this song was a hit, the Allstate Mechanical Freight Set was popular, too. Kids would wind up the engine and watch it pull two cars and a caboose around the track. To enhance the realism, sparks would shoot from the engine's smoke stack as it rumbled by. Did you ever play with a toy train? If not, tell us about a childhood plaything you remember fondly.  Josh had a toy train that I played with while playing with Josh.  My favorite toy when I was a kid was the Barbie doll and my Barbie house that my Grandpa made.

8) The best-selling book of 1957 was Peyton Place, a scandalous tale of life in a small New England town. Do you suppose there are enough steamy stories behind closed doors in your town to fill a novel?  I would imagine so.  You just do not really know people.

9) Random question: Can you do 10 push ups?  I am not going to try and just say no.


  1. I was a Barbie girl, too! When I was answering this question, I couldn't decide if Barbie, my bike, or the backyard swings were my favorite.

    Have you tried a chiropractor? I had terrible trouble with my lower back and leg until he diagnosed the problem and made adjustments.

    1. Yes, I see a chiropractor every 4 weeks. My aches are arthritis. My back does slip out of place if I do not keep up with the chiropractor though. It works wonders.

  2. #1 I joked to my doctor once that my warranty was running out, and he replied not missing a beat... What you didn't take out the extended warranty?

  3. I agree, it stinks getting older.
    I enjoyed your answers today.
    Have a great day.

  4. I always wanted a Barbie house. I eventually got a Barbie van, though.

  5. How nice that your grandfather made you a Barbie house! I had a camper and a small fold out "apartment" sort of thing. My friends and I liked to get our hands on boxes and design and decorate rooms ourselves. I'm sure they were pretty awful but we had a lot of fun.

  6. Yes, getting older does bring with it some nasty challenges. I have never been able to do even one pushup. Such a wimp. Have a good weekend!

  7. Getting older is indeed a challenge. I doubt if anyone got down and tried to do 10 push ups!

  8. Your Barbie doll house and the story of your grandpa building it for you must be a very sweet memory.
    I can't do push ups anymore, from a broken shoulder in August of year before last. Sorry you have achy parts. No fun at all!
    Enjoy the weekend. Have some fun!


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