Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday 9: Let's Dance

Saturday 9: Let's Dance (1983)

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

In memory of David Bowie (1947-2016). 

1) In this song, David encourages his partner to "put on your red shoes and dance." When did you last dance?

A. I have done a little skipsi-doodle occasionally in the last two years, but due to health issues it has been a while since I did anything remotely close to dancing.

2) Mr. Bowie recalled that he and choreographer Toni Basil developed a dance step now known as "the moonwalk" for his 1974 tour, nearly a decade before Michael Jackson performed "Billie Jean." Can you think of something you should have gotten credit for, but didn't?

A. I received the credit for leaving a bicycle behind my father's vehicle, which he then ran over, and for which I was whipped, but my brother actually did it. Which is the reverse of the question but what came to mind.

3) Similarly, the band Roxy Music was upset because Bowie copied their "catsuit look" for his own stage wardrobe and made it famous. What do you usually wear, Monday through Friday?

A. Jeans and a T-shirt, with a sweater or flannel shirt or something if it's cold.

4) David Bowie was particular about the aftershave he wore, and one of his favorites was by Guerlain. Do you regularly apply cologne or aftershave?

A. No. I am allergic to scents. My long-suffering husband gave up aftershave when we were dating because it made me break out in hives and has used unscented stuff ever since. (That is when I knew it was true love. When a man changes his aftershave for you, well, baby, you got it.)

5) In school, David's best subject was art. Think back to your own school days. In which class did you excel?

A. English. But I confess I was a straight-A student for the most part. When I received my masters I had a 3.96 average. I graduated 5th in my class in high school. But still, English was my best subject.

6) In addition to art and music, David Bowie displayed a keen head for business, leaving a fortune of more than $600,000,000. Would you describe yourself as "good with money?"

A. Apparently not that good, because I don't have no where near that many zeros in my bank accounts. But generally speaking, we have done okay.

7) Bowie also appeared in a variety of movies from The Man Who Fell to Earth to Zoolander. Who is your all-time favorite movie actor?

A. I don't really have one, or at least not one whose every movie I have seen. I like Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellan and Viggo Mortenson. And I will say Alan Rickman, who also passed away this week, was the very best choice for Snape in the Harry Potter movies.

8) One of Bowie's hits is "Life on Mars." If you had the opportunity to travel into space, would you take it?

A. I would have 20 years ago. Now I would go if I had something to contribute to a colony, knowing that at my age I would die there and others would continue the journey.

9) The creators of SpongeBob Square Pants are huge Bowie fans and were thrilled when, in 2007, he appeared in an episode. Sam suspects that she may be the only person who hasn't seen that cartoon show. What about you? Have you ever watched an episode of SpongeBob, start to finish?

A. My dear Sam, I am right there with you. I have never seen an episode of SpongeBob. Nor have I seen The Simpsons or that show about some dad I see advertised.

Nice to do this tribute to David Bowie for Saturday 9. Thanks.
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  1. Loved your answers. Was the one with the dad that you seen adverised American Dad? I've seen all three shows. Now there also is a Bob's Burger one too. There pretty good. My 1 1/2 year old always asks for sponge bob so I have seen it a lot latly. I am also allergic to some perfumes. Hope you have a great weekend.

  2. I was saddened by Alan Rickman's passing. I love his movies!

  3. I was an English "nerd," too, and did well in everything else. Perhaps not quite as well as you, however. Sandra Bullock is my only "favorite" in everything she's ever done, too.

  4. It was great how you so skillfully re-engineered that question about credit. Did you get even?

    I will also miss the great Alan Rickman was a fabulous actor, even in "Galaxy Quest", which was a very funny and slightly hokey comedy.

  5. My sister was good at English too. She also got a masters in it.

  6. I squeaked through high school and I graduated from college with a 2.1, but in grad school 40 years latter I had 3.85

  7. I guess Harry Potter is for me as Sponge Bob is for you. Though Alan Rickman was such a versatile and hardworking actor, I know/admire him for other roles. He was wonderful.

  8. i once did something that i blamed my sister for doing, and when she got the punishment, i felt SO bad. i never did that again!! and it still haunts me to this day, over 30 years later. :( ugh. and woohoo to you on your great academic success! wow! :)

  9. 1. Last time I danced? Sometime during the past week to the radio, most likely at home.
    3. This time of year, I usually wear long pants and a t-neck or sweatshirt.
    5. English and languages were my best subjects.

    Have you seen Bowie's 100 Best Books list?


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