Posted by: malia | July 6, 2014

saturday 9

Saturday 9: I Feel the Earth Move
(recommended by Blue County Magic)

1) This song is from the album Tapestry, one of the all-time best-sellers (more than 25,000,000 copies sold worldwide). Is it in your collection?
yes, it is. only recently, though. but i remember listening to my aunty’s lp when i was a little girl and dancing to this song.

2) It’s about that glorious passion you feel when you first fall for someone. How many times have you been in love?
gosh. 4 times? maybe 5.

3) San Francisco radio stations briefly removed “I Feel the Earth Move” from their playlists after the 1989 earthquake. Have you ever been in an earthquake and literally felt “the earth move under your feet?”
yes. well, i was lying in bed, and i felt the bed shake beneath me, and things were rattling on the walls and shelves. i wasn’t standing on my feet.

4) Carole King is the first and only woman to win the Gershwin Prize for songwriting from the Library of Congress. Here’s your chance to brag a little — tell us about an accolade you have received.
when i was in 4th grade i won the creative writing award at our school. 😛 and i’ve a few “trophies” for dancing but that was with my whole group, not just me. oh, and i got a pen when i hit ten years at the place i work. 🙄

5) Carole wrote “You’ve Got a Friend,” which was a mega hit for her good pal, James Taylor. King and Taylor have known one another for more than 40 years, but have never been romantically involved. Do you have any platonic friends of the opposite sex?
yes.

6) Like more than 80% of the population, Carole is right handed. Are you right handed, left handed (10%) or that most rare of all, ambidextrous (less than 10%)?
i am right-handed. i tried desperately to teach myself to write left-handed so i could be ambidextrous, but i just couldn’t get my hand to work properly.

7) One of Carole King’s earliest hits was Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion.” Little Eva was the teenager King hired to care for her young children. Tell us about a sitter who cared for you when you were little.
hmm. i don’t think i had one. my mom was a stay-at-home mom so she was always there to care for us. she even watched my cousins and neighbors while their parents went to work. i think when my mom and dad had a dinner to go to, then we’d go to our grandma’s house. ahh. i miss my grandma. 😦

8) Beautiful is the title of the Broadway play about Carole King’s life. If we were producing your lifestory, what would you want us to call it?
certainly not beautiful! um. “dancing to her own beat.”

9) Carole wrote “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” the Monkees’ song about conspicuous consumption. When Crazy Sam looks at her crowded shelf of hair products (paraben-free conditioner, keratin-restoring conditioner, hair masque, hot oil conditioner …), she realizes she’s guilty of it herself. Have you bought anything recently that you later decided was a waste of money?
most times it’s food. i end up having to throw away a lot because it gets moldy or expired before i can use it. i have to learn to go to the store more often to get little things rather than trying to shop for the whole month at one time.

Saturday 9: I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

1) This week’s song was performed by James Cagney in the famous movie of the same name. Do you plan on going to the movies this holiday weekend?
no.

2) Though known for his larger-than-life screen presence, Cagney was only 5’5″. How tall are you?
only a couple of inches shorter than that.

3) During the Revolutionary War, General Washington celebrated the 4th of July by giving his troops a double ration of rum. Will you imbibe any spirits this holiday weekend?
no.

4) American history was one of Crazy Sam’s best subjects in school. In which class did you earn your best grades?
well. nearly all of them. i was one of those nerds that would get straight-As.

5) The Fourth of July means we’re in the middle of summer. Are you careful about applying sunscreen?
yes. i burn easily.

6) Mosquito bites can be a major summer annoyance. Are you scratching any itches right now?
ugh. mosquitoes always find me. bah. i could be in a room full of people, and the mosquito will buzz in and target me out of everyone else, and i’m the one scratching and no one else is being bothered. right now, though, i don’t have any. thankfully, there aren’t a lot of mosquitoes here in my neighborhood.

7) Emergency rooms report an increase in wrist injuries in summer, with people falling off bikes and skateboards and jamming their wrists catching hard-hit softballs. Have you ever had a sports-related injury?
hee! i can’t get an injury if i don’t play any sports. 😛 no, i haven’t.

8) New York is home to Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest every year on the 4th. Will hot dogs be consumed in your household this weekend?
no, although i did buy hot dogs today, they are for next week.

9) Atlanta hosts a 10K Peachtree Road Race every 4th of July. Are you a runner?
hey! i was just in atlanta! and my hotel was on peachtree. 🙂 and, um, no. i don’t run. not even when i got caught in a thunderstorm in atlanta, and i had no cover around me. i just calmly walked back to the parking structure. it was nice, the rain. more people should enjoy it. i was totally drenched, clothes and hair sticking to my skin, but i didn’t care. 🙂 it was nice. anyway, i think the only reason i would run is if my life was in danger. and even then, it might just be a brisk walk. 😛

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