Saturday, February 24, 2018

Saturday 9: The Love Club

Saturday 9: The Love Club (2013)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) Lorde has said this song is about a time when she fell into "a bad crowd." Her high-maintenance new friends were all about their romantic dramas and it overwhelmed her. Have you ever had a friend who was just too much work?

A. Yes, and I think I've probably also been that friend.

2) She sings that she longs to be alone. Where do you go when you want peace and quiet?

A. I am alone a little too much.

3) Lorde credits her mother for encouraging her verbal skills. "Mum" let her join a theater class when she was just 5 and was always giving her books. Tell us about an encouraging, understanding adult who assisted you when you were growing up.

A. My second grade teacher, Mrs. Wright, taught me how to read aloud and do it well. She did it in a way I tend to detest, that is, she didn't tell me I was doing it wrong and give me a chance to correct it. Instead, she gave me a B in reading on my report card, which was the highest grade in the class. When I asked her why it wasn't an A, she said it was because when she asked me to read aloud in class, I read in a monotone, and she demonstrated by putting her face down in the book and reading blah blah blah. Then she looked up and read to me with a sing-song voice and changed tones for the character. Well, why the heck didn't she tell me that before she gave me the B? I didn't know it mattered. But after that I became the absolute best out-loud reader you ever heard, and I'm still pretty good at it. And of course I received an A forever after in reading.

4) Lorde is not the only celebrity from her class at Belmont School in Auckland, New Zealand. Olympian Eliza McCartney was a classmate who went on to win a bronze medal in Rio for the pole vault. Did you participate in any sports in high school?

A. I was in band. You try marching around a football field playing a flute and see if you don't think it is a sport.

6) Lorde wrote music for one of the Hunger Games soundtracks. Have you seen any of the Hunger Games movies, or read any of the books?

A. I have the first Hunger Games book here to read, but it has not yet been read. I haven't seen the movies.

7) Her favorite candy is Peanut M&Ms. Do you prefer Milk Chocolate, Peanut, Almond, Mint or Cripsy M&Ms?

A. Milk chocolate.

8) When Lorde was on stage at Lollapalooza, a sudden storm interrupted her set. The music festival was evacuated and her performance was cancelled. Can you think of a time when the weather had a major impact on your plans?

A. It seems like (though it wasn't) every year when we went to Myrtle Beach for vacation in September, we'd have a hurricane. We evacuated from there at least five times. Nothing to do but come home.

9) Random question: Please complete this sentence -- Before I leave the house, I always __________________________.

A. Make sure I've turned off the curling iron and the computer.

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  1. Turning off appliances is so important! I thought your answer to #2 was interesting. Lately I've forced myself to go out and see people, so I wonder if I'm not subconsciously feeling the same way.

  2. Completely agree about band being a sport challenge!
    And, I’m sure you aren’t high maintenance.
    How teachers treat a child in Grade school is so important and now more teachers realize that. Good for you to speak up and find out!

  3. Good gravy about that teachers. She was kind of a reading bully if you ask me.

  4. I think my daughter would agree with you on #4 (only she played the clarinet)

  5. I had teachers like yours and vowed I would not become one!

  6. I probably could have answered #2 the same as you, but the truth is I LIKE being alone a pretty good chunk of the time. I would probably suck at band. Beyond the whole not-an-ounce-of-musical-talent thing, I'm not the most coordinated person in the world. I stand in awe of those who can keep step with the group.


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