Saturday 9: September in the Rain (1956)
*Joining with Sam and the gang for a little fun. Play along here.
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) This song refers to "leaves of brown." Can you see any leaves outside your window? What color are they? It's still dark, so technically, no. However, I saw them just yesterday and they are fading to dull greens, yellowish and yes, brown colors. I have a feeling this is not going to be a very pretty autumn. It's been much too dry.
2) It also mentions whispered words of love. What did you say last time you lowered your voice? Nothing worth repeating. I was not having a good evening last night and did a lot of muttering under my breath.
3) Clearly this song is about a treasured romantic memory that took place in autumn. Think about your favorite romantic memory. In what season did it take place? In autumn...as do most of my favorite memories of any kind. It's my favorite time of year. We got married in late autumn so, of course, we celebrate our anniversary in the autumn every year....makes for lovely romantic weekends away.
4) This week's featured artist, Julie London, was famous as a singer and actress. Less prominent in her bio is her appearance as a "pin up girl" in Esquire magazine when she was just 17. What's in your resume that you'd prefer to de-emphasize or gloss over? I can't say that there is anything.
5) Julie recorded more than 30 albums and was named "most popular female vocalist" by Billboard magazine in 1956. If you could see any entertainer -- male or female -- in concert, who would you choose? Hmm...I've seen Toby Keith so many times I'm having all my concert t-shirts made into a quilt. Otherwise, I'm stumped. Maybe Billy Joel.
6) She became well-known to another generation when she appeared in the 1970s TV show Emergency! The younger actors credited her for keeping everything calm on the set. Who has a calming influence on you? Maybe my friend, Fran, to some degree but mostly I'd have to say Jesus. Without my faith, I am a pressure cooker waiting to blow.
7) Her Emergency! costar was her husband, Bobby Troup, and the show was produced by her ex-husband, Jack Webb. Do you have an ex that you're on very good terms with? Nope. I'm not actually on bad terms with any of them. I just don't see them at all.
8) Julie was a chain-smoker since she was a teenager and in the 1950s recorded a jingle for Marlboro cigarettes. Yet in the 1970s, when she saw Bobby Troup's health negatively effected by smoking, she pressed him to quit. Tell us about a time you found yourself in a "do as I say, not as I do" situation. That's me when it comes to healthy living....diet, exercise, etc. It's obviously not my lifestyle (I'm trying!) but I preach it at those I love.
9) Random question: You have won an all-expenses paid trip to an exclusive resort in the Hawaii. When you get there, you discover that the private beach is bathing suit optional. Do you swim nude? In a word....NO!!!!