Saturday, October 03, 2015

Saturday 9: Straight Up

Saturday 9: Straight Up (1988)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Paula sings about being in a dream. Did you dream last night?

A. I have recently been dreaming in music, which is something rather new for me. I think it reflects my renewed interest in playing guitar.

2) When Paula enrolled at California State University, she planned on studying broadcasting and becoming a reporter.  Think about your career aspirations when you were 19. Did you follow through and stay on track or, like Paula, did you veer off and find success elsewhere?

A. I have wanted to be a writer since I was a toddler. At 19, I still wanted to be a writer. I have written and published about 3,500 articles (plus a couple of poems and a few short stories) over the last 30 years. So I suppose I followed through with the dream. I found success, but only as I define it. I'm not so sure some would think I was/am successful.

3) For a while she was a "Laker Girl" and performed at L.A. Laker games. Do you have a favorite NBA team?
A. Um. I'm not even sure what the NBA is. That's basketball, right?

4) Paula was once married to Brad Beckerman of Stillhouse Spirits, a company that specializes in whiskey. What's your favorite alcoholic beverage?
A. I don't drink, but the last alcohol I had was a blackberry wine that was pretty good (that was three years ago in celebration of my graduation for my masters degree). I also like the taste of good gin and a good brandy, both of which I have tried, but neither of which are in my house.

5) Paula has been dancing since age 8 and, as you can see from the video, Paula moves very well in heels. Tell us about your most comfy shoes.
A. My New Balance sneakers (#928) are my shoe of choice these days, thanks to a bad ankle and arthritis.
6) Paula admits it was her passion for jewelry and that inspired her to design her own line for QVC and Avon. What is your favorite thing to go shopping for?
A. Books, and then second would be office supplies. I love the office supply stores. I love to look at Daytimers and briefcases, new computers, pens, and notebooks. I hate to shop for clothes.

7) She advises young girls to "keep the faith and don't lose your gut instinct." How about you? Are you more logical or instinctive?
A. I am quite logical, I'm afraid. I am very happy when logic and instinct match up, but they are frequently at odds.

8) In May, Paula traveled to Austria for The Life Ball, a fundraiser to help those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. When is the last time you left the country?
A. I went to Spain and France in 1979. Otherwise, I have been in the USA.

9) Paula Abdul is a spokeswoman for Avon's "Go Check Yourself" campaign for breast health awareness. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Do you know anyone who has been touched by this disease?

A. I do, yes. Several women, actually.



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  2. Sorry, tricky iPads have to be watched! Anyway, I love that you are dreaming in music.

  3. I love your answer for #3... NBA?

  4. I cannot believe I forgot my love of school supply shopping!!!

  5. oh my gosh, i forgot about office supply shopping!! i do love to do that! :) and i don't like clothes shopping either. i leave that to my mom. :P

  6. I was once reading an article in a magazine on how women self-published books from home. They were making all kinds of money and had these fun looking conferences etc.

  7. No, the NBA is the National BOWLING Association. The LA Lakers are a really highly paid bowling league with their own cheerleaders.

    I enjoy office supplies, too. At the office I get sad when I see the perfectly usable supplies that get discarded. I've been known rescue binders and manilla folders from the dumpster.

  8. OMG, I remember cranking this in the dorms freshman year. I've had a lot of crazy, active dreams lately, and while I don't exactly remember them, I do remember dreaming. With you on number 6 -- books is at top of my list. Craft supplies comes in a close second. Not happy with my walking shoes right now, so guess the comfiest pair of shoes I own are just some basic canvas flats.


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