Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hello, Vampire

Saturday 9: Hello, Dolly (1964)

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

1) This song is about a woman returning to the town where she was happiest. How many towns have you lived in?

A. I've lived in two different areas but in eight different houses in my lifetime. I think that's right. Or at least close. I've never lived more than 50 miles from where I was born.

2) Crazy Sam played Ernestina in her high school production of Hello, Dolly! and still remembers one of her lines: "Hey, you with the big ears! What are you doing after the show?" Tell us something that you memorized for school that is still rattling around in your brain.

A. Half a league, half a league, half a league onward! Into the valley of death rode the six hundred. Cannons to the left of them, cannons to the right of them, volleyed and thundered! Into the valley of death rode the six hundred.

There's also this: Gentlemen may cry peace! Peace! But there is no peace. Is life so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.

I'm not sure if either of those are right. But they rattle in my brain.

3) This week's featured artist, Louis Armstrong, got his start entertaining diners on riverboat dinner cruises. Have you ever taken a dinner cruise?

A. I have not. I have had dinner, though.

4) Armstrong took his nickname, "Satchmo," from "Satchel Mouth" -- a slang term for someone with a wide mouth, which Louis believed was his most distinguishing feature. What do you think people notice first about you?

A. Probably my glasses, followed by my girth.

5) In 1936, Louis became the first African American to get featured billing in a Hollywood movie. Have you seen any of this summer's big movies?

A. No. We seldom go to the movies. 

6) When "Hello, Dolly" composer Jerry was growing up, he was close to an aunt named Belle who encouraged his love of music. Tell us about one of your aunts or uncles.

A. One of my uncles is one year younger than I am, and he was born on my first birthday.

7) Though famous for composing the scores of Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles, Jerry Herman can't read music. Can you?

A. I can read music a little but not proficiently. I tend to "play by ear," as they call it.

8) Now retired, Mr. Herman lives in Miami. This is Miami's "wet season," which lasts into October. When did it last rain where you are?

A. Thursday.

9) Random question: Have you suffered a sunburn this summer?

A. No. I am a vampire, I do not go out into the sun.


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  1. I like you, I have lived within 50 miles from where I was born (except for college).

  2. As a redhead, I get terrible sunburns even if I'm only out for a short time. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen is my motto!

  3. I'm pale, too, and slather on the sunscreen.

  4. Oh no! You're a vampire! That was funny.

  5. I'm with you on the sun thing. I burn so easily that it's just easier to stay inside.
    I love the fact about your uncle. It's really not that odd of a thing at all, but I have students at school who have aunts or uncles that are in grades below them. It's so funny for a little kid to say "That's my uncle" and he's an kindergartener. :)

  6. I think I've lived in six different towns, have been on a dinner cruise years ago, have not been to any movies this summer, and can read music (or used to be able to anyways).

  7. my son is exactly 4 weeks older than his aunty. but because the late born rule was earlier for boys (end of june) than it was girls (end of september), he couldn't start kindergarten until the year after she did, so she'll always be a grade above him, even though he's nearly 2 months older than her.


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