Saturday, August 06, 2016

Saturday 9: Fortune Faded

Saturday 9: Fortune Faded (2003)

Because Janelle suggested The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The song begins with a chess reference. Do you play chess?

A. Not in a long time.

2) The lyric also mentions losing altitude. Often airline travelers complain that their ears pop as the plane loses altitude. When you fly, does this bother you?

A. I haven't flown since 1993. I do, however, have an inner ear issue and doctors have advised me that flying would be, at the least, painful. I also have difficulties in vehicles when we drive up mountains.

3) Four of the original members attended the same school -- Fairfax High in Los Angeles. Fairfax High's mascot was The Lions. Do you remember what your school team (grade school, high school or college) was called?

A. My high school team was the Cavaliers. My college, which was an all-female undergraduate school, has never had a school team name. They do have colors: green and gold.

4) The band has appeared on The Simpsons. Which is your favorite character from the long-running Fox cartoon show?

A. I have never watched it.

5) Bass player Michael Balzary, or Flea, cofounded The Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit educational organization for under-privileged children. Share a memory from music class in school.

A. I used to battle back and forth with another girl, Angie, for first chair in the flute section. The first chair person had the honor of playing the piccolo. Every six weeks, it seemed, we would compete for that chair. Generally it was one of the two of us in it.

6) The Red Hot Chili Peppers have played at massive outdoor festivals all over the world. Do you enjoy listening to concerts outside, under the sun or stars? Or do you prefer air conditioned indoor comfort?

A. Because people around here still puff on their cancer sticks, I do not go to outdoor concerts. (Cough cough.) I would if my fellow Americans would stop sucking on their nicotine and polluting my air, but since they haven't, I prefer inside concerts where smoking is now (thankfully) no longer allowed in this state - an occurrence which did not take place until 2009 when our soon-to-be vice president and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine signed smoking cessation laws. However, they are only effective if the concert arena serves food.

7) Red bell peppers are used in Giada De Laurentiis' popular Italian sausage, pepper and onion recipe. Would you prefer to have your portion served in a bowl or as a sandwich?

A. Given that I have ulcers, I would prefer not to have it all.

8) Red cayenne peppers are very hot. Do you enjoy spicy foods?

A. See above. Ulcers do not allow me to eat such things.

9) Random question: Are you a spender or a saver?

A. I'm a saver. Who needs all of that stuff? Better to put the money away so I don't eat cat food when I am old.


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  1. Yeah, the last concert I went to (outside) we were treated to second-hand and decidedly low-end pot fumes. 'Twas an educational experience with many facets for my young son--who also came home smelling of beer because someone dumped a cup on him.... People are awesome.

  2. Aww--my last outdoor concert experience was awesome, I'm sorry you're plagued by the smokers. I guess I got lucky in the section I was in because there weren't any smokers. But we did smell pot when we were leaving the venue.

  3. I never even thought about the cigarette smoke at an outdoor concert. I'm trying to remember....I think it might be banned at the big venue around here. That doesn't stop them from smoking weed once the sun goes down, though. It's too hard for security to get through the crowd and find them in the dark so they get away with that.

  4. I thought I was the only one that never watched The Simpsons!! My nieces think I'm weird. Never watched Family Guy, or those guys that hang around the fence ( or is that family guy?). I'm not much of an animated show watcher...well unless its from the 60s!!

  5. Outdoor concerts we attended were all smoke free, because the Zoo banned smoking, and the Bowl did, too.
    I never watched the Simpsons either.
    Great answer to the music class question. I can see that tiny war in my head. Heeheehee!

  6. STUFF does tend to be the bane of my existence. I don't need it, but am drawn to it and have trouble ridding myself of it.

  7. Good beat, but the lyrics of this song make absolutely no sense. Cannot stand The Simpsons. One episode was more than enough. Really cool that Flea cofounded a music conservatory for kids. We once had to march to Mozart's "Sleigh Ride" in orchestra. Do you have any idea how difficult that is to do when you're trying to bow in a completely different direction?


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