Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday 9: Never Let You Down

Saturday 9: I Will Never Let You Down (2017)

. . . because Smellyann recommended Fastball

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

1) Fastball is a trio from Austin, Texas. Austin is the capital of Texas. When you were in school, did you have to memorize the state capitals?

A. I don't recall having to do so.

2) Have you ever visited your state's capital?

A. Yes. Virginia's state capital is Richmond, which was incorporated in 1742, though it was founded in 1737. The city is located along the James River and was an early commercial hub. It served as the capital of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. When the Union Army took Richmond, the Civil War was basically over. (There is a legend that when the Confederate legislature abandoned Richmond, they took a lot of gold and other wealth with them, and hid it somewhere. But no one knows where.)

3) Fastball played dates throughout Canada this past spring. When did you last leave the US of A?

A. I visited Spain and France in 1979.

4) Tony Scalzo is a founding member of Fastball. He's the singer in the video for this song, and that's his wife, Jennifer, playing the organizer of the speed-dating event. Have you ever gotten a job because you knew somebody?

A. Yes. I think that is mostly how it is done these days. It certainly isn't from the help wanted ads in the newspaper.

5) In this pitch to a perspective lover, he admits he doesn't have much money. Last time you went to the ATM, how much did you withdraw?

A. I don't use the ATM. I go to the drive-through window at the bank so I can speak to a live person.

6) He sings that at times, his mind is hazy. Do you have a good memory for names?

A. No. I frequently do not recall who someone is, especially if they are not where they are supposed to be. I have embarrassed myself many times by mistaking someone for another person, or not remembering their name. I have learned to be generic, like "how are things?" instead of asking about family.

7) Fastball guitarist Miles Zuniga admits that he once had a crush on Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia). Tell us about one of your one-sided love affairs, either with a celebrity or someone you knew in real life.

A. I had a big crush on Legolas in the Lord of the Rings movies. He is the elf who helped get the One Ring back to Mount Doom, though his role was more in battles away from the quest than the actual quest part. I thought Orlando Bloom was quite handsome. However, it turns out that is the only role I like him in. I have seen him in other things and not been impressed.

8) Fastball's drummer Joey Shuffield is partial to drums from Pork Pie Percussion. This company was started by Bill Detamore, who began making drums as a hobby. Do you have any hobbies that, under the right circumstances, could make you money?

A. I used to make money playing the guitar in a band, a very long time ago. I could probably do that again if I were to practice a bit. And there's my writing. I made a living as a freelance writer for a very long time. Now I only write for myself, but I could go back to that.

9) The fast ball is the most common pitch in major league baseball. Now that the MLB season is past the halfway mark, how is your baseball team doing?

A. I don't have a baseball team. Sorry.


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  1. I wondered if I should count my writing. I'm self taught, so it began as a hobby. But that was when I was a little girl and a high schooler, so I don't know if that qualifies.

  2. I love that your answers often give us a bit of history! I enjoy learning about the past.
    Around here, jobs seem to be found either online or through a hiring service.
    I'm not fond of the people who work at our bank, the customer service leaves a lot to be desired, so I usually go to the ATM to avoid the live people. lol
    Orlando was one hottie of an elf, but yeah...he's kind of whimpy in everything else, even the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

  3. I know what you mean, if someone I know is not in where I associate them with I don't recognize them. I think that I am face blind.

  4. I hate when I am enamored with an actor who turns out to be a dud.

  5. Richmond was only incorporated in 1742? I don't know why I thought it was earlier. Interesting history tidbits! Thank you!

  6. I've only seen Orlando Bloom in Pirates, and in LOTR, as well as a very bad boy (teen) in a mystery series episode shot in England. He was impressive in all of those. I guess it's time to test the crush?

    Thank you for the history. It's a lovely part of reading here. You could test the Guitar waters with some YouTubes, maybe? I'll bet you are still as good as ever. My uke revival is not going well, but found inspiration in a Japanese singer on Instagram. Happy Weekend!

  7. Like Diana, I think I'm a little face blind. Once I know you well, I'm good, but it takes a long time to get cemented in place unless I see your name written down. It doesn't help that I'm quite literally "hard of seeing" so I can't see people clearly across the room.....

  8. I liked Lord of the Rings, Orlando not so much... I tend to like smart, funny men over pretty,brawny ones... although that has been tested as of late.( sometimes they're not so smart!) I'm also glad that I'm not the only one that doesn't use ATM's. I like dealing with a person instead of machines, which is also why I prefer phone calls over text messaging. I write stories and stuff as a release and I have thought of trying to do something with it but don't think I could sell anything. I'll just keep writing for myself and a few very special people. Enjoy your weekend! :-)


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