Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday 9: Don't Sleep in the Subway

Saturday 9: Don't Sleep in the Subway (1967)

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

1) Subways can be bright and noisy. Do you need it dark and quiet before you can fall asleep?

A. I can fall asleep in front of the TV in the recliner, but in the bedroom I need it dark, and I sleep with an air purifier on high for white noise. Otherwise I hear the refrigerator or the dishwasher and wake up.

2) In this song, Petula encourages her lover to talk it out instead of walking out. Do you usually remain reasonable during a disagreement?

A. It depends on the disagreement and the person with whom I am disagreeing.

3) Petula was a child star in England during WWII. Her BBC broadcasts were very popular with the British troops, who nicknamed her The Singing Sweetheart. Soldiers pasted her photo onto their tanks for luck as they went into battle. Do you have any little rituals or good luck charms that calm/comfort you when you're afraid?

A. I ask my husband to sing "Soft Kitty" to me when I am in a lot of pain. It's about the only thing he can sing that is almost in tune. Otherwise, no.

4) Now 84, she recently told London's Daily Mail that she's surprised and thrilled to have found love again with a new man. Do you believe you'll ever be too old for romance?

A. I don't think you're ever to old to love someone.

5) Her family is far flung. She lives in London, her middle daughter is in Paris, her son is in Los Angeles and her oldest daughter lives in New York with Petula's two grandchildren. Who is your nearest friend or relative? Which one is farthest away?

A. My nearest friend is four miles away; my nearest family member is six miles away. My father's family, including my 97-year-old grandmother, live out in California. (I am in Virginia. Opposite sides of the U.S., if you're geographically challenged.)

6) In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone published its first issue. John Lennon was on the cover. Publisher Jann Wenner reports that, either individually or as a group, the members of The Beatles have appeared on the most Rolling Stone covers. What's the first Beatle song that comes to mind?

A. Something in the Way She Moves.

7) In 1967, Star Trek was in its second season on NBC. Who is your favorite Star Trek character?

A. Original series: Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner). But my very favorite in the Star Trek world is Captain Kathryn Janeway (played by Kate Mulgrew) from Star Trek: Voyager.

8) RANDOM QUESTION: When you slip into jeans or slacks, which foot do you put in first?

A. Right.

9) As you considered #8, did you mime pulling on your pants?

A. No. I'm right-handed; that side is always taken care of first.


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  1. I think that's so sweet about your husband. Was "Soft Kitty" written for Big Bang Theory?

    1. I think it was. I never heard it before that show.

  2. "Soft Kitty" is the sweetest story! Kate Mulgrew narrated one of the best audiobooks I've listened to this year. I'm also right handed but I dress left side first. :)

  3. I love Kate Mulgrew! I think it's great that your husband will sing to and for you which proves ( not that you and he are old ) but that romance surpasses age and time. I love to see elderly couples still kiss goodbye when they leave each other or when out walking together they hold hands. To me that is true romance.... love that last a lifetime.

    1. We are in our 50s and have been married for 33 years. Old enough! We hold hands when we watch TV.

  4. Oh, that is precious that your husband will sing "Soft Kitty" to you! Funny that it's the only thing he can sing sort of in tune...I feel his pain.

  5. LOL. I love that you husband will sing "Soft Kitty" to you. I wish I had someone to sing it to me. (Walt wouldn't know what it is if I asked him). Funny that I put the right leg in first, but I'm left-handed.

  6. I'm left handed and dress right leg first but left hand though sleeves first.
    That shows a lot of love, to sing to them when someone you love is hurting badly.
    We mostly fall asleep holding hands. And you are right, a person is never to old to fall in love.

  7. I forgot that Kate was in that and I knew that I had recognized her from something when I first saw her in OITNB. I had to Google it to figure it out.


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