Saturday, June 04, 2016

Saturday 9: Ode to Billie Joe

Ode to Billie Joe (1967)

If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

(A favorite of mine!)

1) This song takes places on "the third of June," which is described as "another sleepy, dusty" day. Describe the weather where you were on Friday, June 3, 2016.

A. Yesterday we had thunderstorms in the afternoon. It was quite hot and humid for early June.

2) In this song, the family sits down to eat and discuss the doings of their friends and neighbors. Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister were at the table. Who did you have dinner with on Friday?

A. My husband. We had a salad.

3) Young Billie Joe MacAllister playfully put a frog down another kid's back. Do you see many frogs where you live?

A. We have little tree frogs that sometimes attach themselves to the glass on the doors.

4) This song made Mississippi's Tallahatchie Bridge famous. What's the name of a bridge in your neighborhood?

A. Hmm. Catawba Creek Bridge, I guess. Which is not much of a bridge. There's a swinging bridge in Buchanan, but I don't know if it has a name.

5) Bobbie Gentry often performed with Glen Campbell. Mr. Campbell's family is very open about Glen's battle with Alzheimer's. Is anyone in your life facing this terrible disease?

A. My grandmother, who is 96, has dementia, which is not exactly the same thing.
6) "Ode to Billie Joe" was made into a movie directed by Max Baer, Jr. Mr. Baer is better known for playing Jethro Bodine in a famous 1960s era sitcom. Can you name it?

A. Beverly Hillbillies

7) Bobbie Gentry made one of her last public appearances in 1981 on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Johnny is now seen in reruns on the Antenna TV channel. Think of the last TV show you watched. Was it new or was it a rerun?

A. The last show I watched Mysteries of the Museum, and I think it was a rerun but I had never seen it.

8) In 1967, when this song was popular, Sweden changed its traffic laws and Swedes began driving on the right. Have you ever driven in a foreign country? If so, did you have a hard time adapting to their laws?

A. I have never driven in a foreign country.

9) Random question: Which would you rather have more of -- compliments or hugs?

A. That's a tough one. I can't make that choice.

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  1. I've heard about Mysteries of the Museums but I've never seen it. I get it mixed up with Brad Meltzer's Lost History. I think I have too many viewing choices!

  2. Oh, I think I'm glad the tree frogs don't show themselves too often around here. We have a tree that pretty much forms a canopy over the back deck and the main door that we go in and out of. I wouldn't be a happy camper if I had to deal with little froggies stuck to the door.

  3. You are the second person to mention those strange frogs. I don't think I've ever seen one before. We are having muggy weather here too.

  4. My dogs would freak if they saw frogs attached to our windows. It would be kind of funny to watch though :)

  5. I've only driven in countries that drive on the same side we do. Although the crazy traffic was enough to handle in Amsterdam!

  6. Does your grandmother still recognize people? My mother is starting not to remember people (she's the same age). If it weren't so sad, it would be fascinating to watch how the brain deteriorates.

  7. I never seen a tree frog outside of a zoo or museum.


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