Friday, March 22, 2024

Saturday 9: If You've Got the Money


Saturday 9: If You've Got the Money (1950)

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

1) In this week's song, Lefty Frizzell is eager to go out on the town and hit all the night spots. What are your plans for the weekend?  rest, watch some tv, clean house and maybe read some.

2) He tells his girl he'd rather ride in her Cadillac than his old car. Back in the 1950s, Caddys were quite the status symbol. Lefty bought a white one with the profits from this record. Elvis also had a fondness for Cadillacs and preferred pink. Have you ever owned a Cadillac?  no

3) Lefty was a big deal in Big Spring, TX. He was a popular attraction at local bars, a favorite among oil workers who liked to unwind by listening to live music. How do you relax after a tough day?  I watch tv and play some games on my phone.  If I am reading a book, I will read some.  I am reading The Teacher by Freida McFadden right now.  Holy moly!

4) This was Lefty's first hit. He wrote "If You've Got the Money" and recorded a demo for producer Jim Beck to play for established singers. When no one else wanted to record it, Beck decided to give Lefty a shot. The result was a million seller that spent 22 weeks on the country charts. Tell us about someone who took a chance on you.  I am going to say Sharon Jones.  She is the reason I became a teacher.  She was the director of Special Education and I was working as a para in a special education preschool.  She called me during the summer and asked if I would like to teach.  I was offered a state job as a social worker, which is what my degree was.  I turned down the offer from the state and I went back to college and became a teacher.  Josh was little and I wanted similar hours to him and even though it turned out to be a toxic job in the end after Sharon retired. I am thankful she believed in me.  I didn't believe in myself to become a teacher.  I love teaching.  It is a hard job, but I absolutely love it.  It was a great decision, and I was able to spend all of that time with Josh.

5) After this record became a hit, success came quickly to Lefty, perhaps too fast. He signed conflicting contracts with promoters and managers which resulted in lawsuits. Have you recently consulted a lawyer or had a document notarized?  no

6) This song hit number one on the country charts twice: first this version and then in 1976 by Willie Nelson. Do you have a favorite Willie Nelson song?  I LOVE Willie Nelson.  Some of my favorites are Always on my Mind and Okie From Muskogee (my family is from Muskogee).

7) In 1950, when this song was popular, Americans began using credit cards. Do you pay with a credit card to get rewards? If yes, what rewards are you accumulating (cash back, airline miles, etc.)?  I do not do this.

8) Also in 1950, Sears Roebuck and Co. acknowledged a major spike in catalog sales and took the unusual move of devoting the cover of their Spring/Summer catalog to their "satisfaction guarantee." This was meant to allay the fear of customers uncomfortable with ordering by mail instead of buying in person. 74 years later, Amazon delivers more than 3 million packages every day. Would you rather check out a product yourself in a store, or do you prefer the convenience of ordering from home?  I like shopping online, but I like to buy shoes and other things I need to try on in person.

9) Random question -- You're singing along with the car radio to your favorite song when you reach your destination. Do you wait until your song is over to get out of the car?  If the song is getting close to the end I may finish it, much of the time I just go inside.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Tuesday 4 Meme- A Chilly March Day


A Chilly March Day


Today here on the middle Atlantic ocean, we have gale force winds, a bit of light snow and low temperatures. We are under a flood watch until 2PM Monday.   Of course it is still officially winter until the 19th of March and Spring is notoriously volatile.

Hot coffee/tea, candles, warm clothing are the order of the day..  It's nice to be cozy inside on a tempest tossed night like this.

1. What kind of weather makes you feel you need to dress up warmly? Do you get chilled easily or does it take a lot to get you shivering?  Cloudy and north winds make me need to dress warmer.  I do not typically get chilled easily.

2  How is your weather so far this month? Are you happy with it or how would you improve it?  This week has been sunny and 60's, but rain and cooler weather are coming.

3. How do you handle very hot days where you live and what constitutes a very hot day in your opinion?  It gets hot where I live, so I stay in the A/C when possible.  Very hot days would be 100's and we always have high humidity.  Hard to breathe.

4.  Is weather an important reason for you to live where you are or would you move to a better climate if you could?  It is not that important.  I have always enjoyed all of the seasons, but I certainly get it why people want a more stable climate as they age.  We never go anywhere, so I am guessing we will stay here until we die.

Friday, March 8, 2024

Saturday 9: Hold Me Now


Hold Me Now

Saturday 9: Hold Me Now (1983)

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

1) This week's song begins with a young man gazing at a picture of himself and his girlfriend in happier times. Are there any photographs in the room you're in right now?  I am in my living room.  There are some pictures of Karl, Josh and me.  There are pictures of our dogs and a picture of Karl's Grandpa.

2) His girl tells him he's a dreamer. Do you consider yourself more a dreamer or realist?  Sometimes I like to let myself be a dreamer, but most of the time I am a realist.

3) "Hold Me Now" was a big hit for the British pop band, The Thompson Twins. They got their start in the late 1970s in the English city of Sheffield, so named because the River Sheaf runs through it. Do you know how your town got its name?  My town is called is named for its high elevation compared to other areas around us.

4) Today lead singer Tom Bailey performs solo and is an outspoken advocate for veganism. Vegans abstain from consuming animal products, particularly in their diets. Are you a vegan, or have you ever tried to stick to a vegan diet?  no

5) Tom's former bandmate Joe Leeway has left show business altogether and concentrates on a career in hypnotherapy. This therapy is commonly used to treat insomnia, smoking cessation and obesity. Is hypnotherapy something you have tried, or would consider?  no

6) In 1983, when this song was popular, Motorola introduced the first cell phone. Today cell phones are an essential part of our every day lives. Do you still have a landline?  not exactly.  We have our cell phones, but we also have a magic jack.  We really do not use it much anymore.  I doubt we renew our contract next time.  When we first got our cell phones, we did not have very good reception at our house to make phone calls.  We do now.

7) Also in 1983, American West airlines took off, flying between Las Vegas and Phoenix. Where did you travel to on your most recent flight?  I have never flown.

8) In 1983, Princess Diana was the world's top cover girl. Are there any magazines in the room you're in? If yes, who or what is on the cover?  I do not have any magazines.  Princess Diana was so beautiful.

9) Random question: Is anyone on your bad side this morning?  Yes, but I don't want to talk about it.  It is hard to get on my bad side.