Saturday, January 17, 2015

Saturday 9: Zing

Saturday 9: Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (1939)

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

1) This song is about love at first sight. Do you believe that immediate attraction lasts?

A. I think it depends on the people, the attraction, the circumstances . . . which is to say, I think it can, but generally doesn't.

2) The lyrics mention "a breath of spring" and robins singing. Now that we're deep into winter, what do you miss about spring?

A. Warmth. I am freezing.

3) Though the world knew her as Judy Garland, this week's featured artist was born Frances Gumm and her family called her "Baby." Does your family have any pet names for you?

A. None that I would put in this blog. (The fact that her family called her "Baby" immediately made me think of Dirty Dancing.)

4) Because she was petite -- just 4'11 -- it was obvious when Garland gained even a few pounds and consequently she battled her weight her whole life. Now that we're in the new year, have you made any resolutions about your own diet?

A. I haven't made a resolution, but I have lost four pounds since Christmas.

5) The year this song came out, 1939, was the year Garland's most famous movie, The Wizard of Oz, was released. Which of her three traveling companions is your favorite: Scarecrow, Tin Man or Cowardly Lion?

A. Scarecrow. He ended up with the brains.

6) Barry Manilow enjoyed Judy's performance of this song so much he did a "dream duet" with her and included it in his recent CD. What performer who is no longer with us do you wish you could have seen in concert?

A. Robin Williams. I know he's not a singer but he is who came to mind.

7) Judy had a terrible problem with tardiness. Are you usually prompt?

A. I am almost always on time, and I call if I'm going to be late.

8) During World War II, Judy worked tirelessly to entertain the troops. Tell us about a cause that's near and dear to your heart.

A. I have an interest in historic preservation. I think we can learn a lot from looking at the past, and we should honor those who have gone before us by preserving their legacy, not tearing it to shreds.

9) The American Film Institute lists Garland as the 8th greatest movie star of all time. Who is your all time favorite actor or actress?

A. I don't really have one. I like Sandra Bullock, but not in everything. 


  1. Historic preservation is such a wonderful cause! Living here in Chicago, where nothing predates the Fire, I miss the really old buildings. The history and the inherent magic.

  2. I too call if I am going to to be late. Have a great Saturday!

  3. Congrats on the weight loss. I've lost a few, also. I hit a plateau and getting frustrated. This was a lot easier when I was 18.

  4. i like what you said about historical preservation. i'm more for preserving the legacy than tearing it down for something flashier and new. people are forging ahead and i'm still looking at all the wonderful things of the past.

  5. I love Sandra Bullock in the Blind Side. She's done a few things that I have liked

  6. Historic preservation --great answer! One of my concerns with schools no longer teaching cursive writing is that future generations won't be able to decipher written documents.

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  8. Ahem...

    Yes about the legacy. I swear that a week never goes by without that ignorance flashing up out of a newspaper, editors should know better, or out of a magazine. Both "Threads" and "Sunset", which I've read since the early 60s, come to mind. History is longer than five minutes ago.

  9. It looks like the Scarecrow wins hands down.


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