Saturday 9: September in the Rain (1956)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) This song refers to "leaves of brown." Can you see any leaves outside your window? What color are they?
A. Green, brown, and yellow. They are starting to change here on some of the trees.
2) It also mentions whispered words of love. What did you say last time you lowered your voice?
A. I don't know why, but I was talking to myself in my own house. I think at some point I asked myself why I was whispering. And yes, I answered myself.
3) Clearly this song is about a treasured romantic memory that took place in autumn. Think about your favorite romantic memory. In what season did it take place?
A. November, which is still Autumn, even though it can look a bit bleak.
4) This week's featured artist, Julie London, was famous as a singer and actress. Less prominent in her bio is her appearance as a "pin up girl" in Esquire magazine when she was just 17. What's in your resume that you'd prefer to de-emphasize or gloss over?
A. Well, there's no point in listing those jobs I did when I was in my teens, or even my 20s, really. They only serve to highlight my age.
5) Julie recorded more than 30 albums and was named "most popular female vocalist" by Billboard magazine in 1956. If you could see any entertainer -- male or female -- in concert, who would you choose?
A. I'll go with Melissa Etheridge, although I am torn between her and Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks.
6) She became well-known to another generation when she appeared in the 1970s TV show Emergency! The younger actors credited her for keeping everything calm on the set. Who has a calming influence on you?
A. My husband, a few friends, and oddly my physical therapist.
7) Her Emergency! costar was her husband, Bobby Troup, and the show was produced by her ex-husband, Jack Webb. Do you have an ex that you're on very good terms with?
A. I was 20 years old when I married my current husband. I don't have an ex.
8) Julie was a chain-smoker since she was a teenager and in the 1950s recorded a jingle for Marlboro cigarettes. Yet in the 1970s, when she saw Bobby Troup's health negatively effected by smoking, she pressed him to quit. Tell us about a time you found yourself in a "do as I say, not as I do" situation.
A. When I was teaching, before I became ill, I told my students they had to know the rules of writing before they could "violate" them. And then I violated something and one of them called me on it. I had to explain that I could do it because I knew what I was doing - and if they could tell me why I did it, they could do it, too. They couldn't, so I told them they had to write it correctly, then. (I don't remember the sentence or topic, even, only the ensuing discussion.)
9) Random question: You have won an all-expenses paid trip to an exclusive resort in the Hawaii. When you get there, you discover that the private beach is bathing suit optional. Do you swim nude?
A. No. I would be afraid someone would call animal control to report a beached whale.
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