Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday 9: Surf City

Saturday 9: Surf City (1963)

Because Melissa suggested Jan and Dean. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) When the song was written, "Surf City" was a fictitious town.* Tell us a song that is set in a real place.

A. Elvis Presley's "Promised Land" starts out, "I left my home in Norfolk, Virginia, California on my mind" and mentions several other places. But one of my favorites, and one of my favorite versions, is "How I Got to Memphis" as played by Jeff Daniels on The Newsroom. The song starts around 2:00 minutes in the video. 

2) In the song, Jan and Dean sing about riding around in a 1934 station wagon, which means the car was 29 years old when the song was recorded. How old is your vehicle?

A. My car is two years old.

3) Are you good on a surf board?

A. Nope. I'm an old woman. I do good to get across the parking lot.

4) When you spend time out in the sun, are you careful about applying sunscreen?

A. Yes. Well, usually.

5) Dean's original partner was Arnie Ginsburg. When Dean was drafted into the Army, Arnie didn't feel like waiting so he abandoned show business and went back to college. Today he holds several patents. What is something you wish someone would invent?

A. A cure for cancer would be nice, but there is so much money in *trying* to cure cancer that I doubt we ever find a true cure, unless we get capitalism out of health care. So how about something more down to earth? I know. A way to get the lime out of my hard well water that doesn't involve using a water softener.

6) Jan was a perpetual student who juggled college with recording. He not only graduated from UCLA, he completed two years of medical school at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Have you ever considered going back to school?

A. I went back to school and received my masters degree in 2012. I would go for my Ph.D. if I thought it would be of any benefit, but it's a bit late.

7) In 1966, Jan was sidelined by a serious car accident. During the years that he was unable to perform, partner Dean became a graphic artist. He designed logos and album covers for Steve Martin, Diana Ross and others. Do you feel you respond most to words, pictures, or music?

A. I respond to all three in various ways.

8) In 1978, CBS made a TV movie about Jan and Dean. If they approached you about a made-for-TV movie of your life, who would you like to play you?

A. The young Kate Jackson from the 1970s, when she was in Charlie's Angels. Or Sarah Michelle Gellar from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Or the young Sharon Gless from Cagney & Lacey. I don't know too many current young actresses. The old me could only be played by the highly esteemed Meryl Streep.

9) Random question:  Growing up, how did you learn about the birds and the bees? (From books/the web, from parents, from your friends...)

A. I am not going to answer this question, except to say I didn't learn it from the internet, I am far too old for that.


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  1. I'd never heard that Elvis song before! I know Bruce Springsteen's "Promised Land," but I didn't know The King had his own song with the same name. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I never heard of that Elvis song before, either.
    A cure for cancer would be wonderful.

  3. I am wondering what ever happened to Kate Jackson. We know what happened to the other two.

  4. I love Kate Jackson--we share a birthday!

  5. If I ever tried surfing I would probably throw my back out.

  6. A cure for cancer would put a lot of people out of business. At least all the pretending ghouls would be gone.

    I'm lucky to make it across the parking lot, too. Lol at your answer.

  7. I am too old to have learned about sex on the internet to, however, I am sometimes amused or appalled when I hear something about sex on the internet now.

  8. I liked your answers, especially to #5. A cure for cancer would be great. I think there is one already, but it doesn't make money for the big pharma if people use it. It is big business and profitable to keep us sick, not in curing us, unfortunately.

    We're in the same situation regarding getting across the parking lot. :)

    Have a blessed day!

  9. I think that to cure cancer we have to get back to the natural way of doing most things. No more pesticides and hormones in our food would be a start.


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