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Saturday 9: September in the Rain (1956)
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1) This song refers to "leaves of brown." Can you see any leaves outside your window? What color are they?
No, I can't see them because it's almost 11 pm, and there is only the beautiful moonlight to see. In California the leaves have been stressed by drought, the longest in living memory, and we are happily seeing most of them as green now, since it's almost the end of The Dry. We have, like Australia, two seasons. The Wet and the Dry.
2) It also mentions whispered words of love. What did you say last time you lowered your voice?
"Is that the tortoises fighting?"
Something was scraping along the stucco wall of the big room.
And yes, it was the tortoises, fighting. Lucky, the son, is now bigger than his dad, and is regularly tipping Churchy over because Churchy has bullied Lucky for his whole life. The worm, or the tortoise, has turned!
They stand and bob their heads at one another and then Crash! They hit as high and as hard as they can with the two prongs on the front of their carapaces.
It's just sooooo much fun to keep separating them all summer long! They'd rather fight than eat.
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?
It was summer when we were 19 and 20. We stayed out late watching the stars on the boat marina at Lake Mead. It was so quiet after all the hustle and noise of power boats and water skiing all day, and the air was very soft and clean and warm.
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 was interviewing for the Child Advocate position within the Children's Court system, a job I really wanted. One thing I really didn't want to have to tell about was the extent of the abuse I'd suffered as a child.
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?
There are so many, but I'll just choose one. I'd like to see K.D. Lang. I love her voice, presence, and delivery. She rocks.
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?
My Hubby. And the Dalai Lama.
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?
I don't have an ex, so this wouldn't be a problem for me.
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.
I honestly can't say there's ever been a situation like that for me, other than that I regret I wasn't a more layed back, loving and huggy Mom. Being the oldest child an a dysfunctional family made me grow up way too fast and being the oldest made me somewhat bossy. It carried on over to my kids but I didn't make the terrible mistakes my own parents made but new ones! OY vey!
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?
Not me. But, if there were any, I would take out a boogie board and have some fun catching waves. (The little ones, those under five feet that is....)
While looking for the fighting Tankies video, I saw this lovely video of a tiny dog who was promptly returned to her owner because he had had a microchip installed in her neck. Stay for the cuddly re-union. Smiling is good for the soul. So, I'm passing a little smile on to all of you.
Happy Saturday Nine!