I'm working on getting rid of that billious green!
It's barebones this week, sorry. Had to go to the clinic.
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) The bridge that inspired this song is The Queensboro Bridge in New York City. Are you near a bridge right now as you answer these 9 questions? Nope, no where near a bridge.
2) Paul Simon says he "loathes" this song and only performs it because fans want to hear it. What's your favorite Paul Simon song? I love so many of his songs but the one that always gets right to the heart of me is about a poor boy, whose story's seldom told.
3) "Groovy" is such a 1960s word. What common word/phrase from 2020 do you predict will sound just as silly and quaint some day? I'm really afraid I'm not up on the current catch phrases.
4) Paul is a lifelong Yankees fan and was thrilled to meet his all-time idol, Joe DiMaggio. Mr. DiMaggio was, at first, less than thrilled to meet Paul because he thought the song "Mrs. Robinson" made fun of him. Once Simon convinced him it was an homage, the men got along fine. Do you have a celebrity encounter to tell us about? The closest I've ever been to a celebrity was David Ogden Stiers across the huge lawn near The Old Globe Theater. I looked up and saw him, stood and did a little Curtsie, and he bowed back to me.
Garfunkle was the other half of Simon and Garfunkle. Art and Paul met
in sixth grade, when were both in a school production of Alice in Wonderland. Tell us about one of your school theatrical appearances. I played Wiggins the Witch in a 7th grade All School play. It was fun being wicked.
6) "Artie" used to love needling Paul about his height -- or lack thereof. He maintained he was trying to be funny, but Paul thought is was mean and says the constant digs hurt. Is there anyone in your life who similarly enjoys teasing? Mean teasing? Yes. I can say no more about her.
7) Paul told NPR that his impulse to write new music has always come "in bursts." He'll go years without composing, and then he'll write every day for months. Do you often feel creative? Yes. I just found some of my older drawings in a drawer and thought about drawing and painting again, a Grandma Zippi sort of vibe, ya' know?
8) In 1966, when this song was popular, First Daughter Luci Johnson married Patrick Nugent. Their reception was held at the East Room of the White House. The couple had an 8 ft. tall wedding cake and when the bride threw her bouquet, it was caught by her sister, Lynda. Sure enough, Lynda married a year later. Tell us about a wedding you attended (or your own). I went to a friend's niece's wedding in a black dress.
Story time: I had made a beautiful dress for this wedding, and when I got into our ramshackle Dodge station wagon (it's knick name was "Moby Dodge" because it was 21 feet long and white) in order to drive to the church, the seat spring that couldn't rip through my jeans on a normal day, took GREAT delight in ripping through the lovely material of my new dress. I had to quickly change my poor, new dressy dress out for the only other good thing I had. That was a black pants' suit. Later I took a pair of pliers to that damn spring and shoved it way to the backside of beyond.
9) Random question: Which do you regret more -- the times you were cautious or the times your were reckless? I've not been reckless in my whole life. But I'm not timid either. So, there just isn't anything I can recall for being too cautious, either.
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