Saturday, October 23, 2021

Saturday 9: Bang!

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

1) This song is about a young man who is living on his own and doing adult things, like getting his own apartment, eating better and doing his own taxes, but he doesn't yet feel grown up. Do you remember when you felt like a grown up?

A. I was born grown up, but I suppose when I began keeping my brother and staying home with him during the summers instead of going to my grandmother's would have been a turning point. I think I was about 14.

2) He mentions not being sure of his login password. Is this something you struggle with? Or are you able to zip into your accounts?

A. I have a password method that works well for me.

3) Both the video and CD cover show the band playing games of chance. What's the last game that you played?

A. The last video game I played was Elvenar, which is a city building game. I haven't played any games of chance in a long while.

4) This week's featured band, AJR, is named for the three brothers who make up the trio -- Adam, Jack and Ryan Met. Until recently, all three brothers lived at home and wrote songs together in the Met family living room. Do you have siblings? If so, what's something you enjoy doing together?

A. I have a brother. We do not spend much time together although we talk on the phone frequently. If we had the time, I suspect we'd enjoy going to movies together, perhaps having a little book club, and having dinner. Our schedules don't mesh well enough for such things, though. However, do we do enjoy Christmas Eve and try to spend time with one another then.
5) The oldest Met brother, Adam, now lives with his girlfriend in an apartment near Columbia University, where he is a PhD candidate. During the school year, he only works on his music on weekends. Next summer, in 2022, he should be done with his studies and plans on touring the country with the band. Some tour dates are already scheduled. If possible, do you like to make plans far in advance? Or do you prefer spontaneity?

A. I prefer a little advanced notice if it is something that involves more than grabbing my handbag. But if it's just a quick trip to someplace close, I'm good with that.

6) Jack and Ryan also attend Columbia and share an apartment with their dog. They like to unwind on Fridays, after a week of classes, with a game of air hockey, followed by sushi or sashimi at their favorite Japanese restaurant. What did you do on Friday night?

A. The same thing I do every other night. Shower, put on my jammies, and either watch TV or read.
7) In 2020, the year this song was popular, the most streamed TV show was The Office. The show went off the air in 2013, but during the pandemic and quarantine, it found a new audience. What series have you binged on recently?

A. Batwoman, I suppose, until I decided it was unsettling me to the point of depression and I stopped watching it. 

8) According to Amazon, the best-selling novel of 2020 was Where the Crawdads Sing. Is there a novel you'd like to recommend to Sat 9ers?

A. Well, not that one. I did not think it was that great of a book and I think it's popularity is due solely to the title. Greenlights, by Matthew McConaughey was good for an autobiography. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, is an older book but still applicable today. Uprooted, by Naomi Novik, is a good fantasy read. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is excellent if you want a historical novel.

9) Random question: Your local drug store has self-check out. You confess to your best friend that you absent-mindedly missed scanning an item, walked out of the store with it, set off security and were caught unintentionally shoplifting. The store manager believed you so there were no repercussions, but you were mortified nevertheless. Would you expect your best friend to share your embarrassing story with his/her spouse?

A. I always expect my married friends to share with their spouses, whether I want them to or not. I hope they don't if I ask them specifically not to do so.

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  1. I've never seen Batwoman but I understand what you mean about it. I love the premise of a show called "Kevin Can F Himself." It skewers those sitcoms where the men are big children and the wives are long-suffering (like Everybody Loves Raymond) and what it would *really* be like to be married to men like that. OK, good idea. But then it got too real and I felt too depressed about the wife's lot. While I still appreciate the originality and the performances, I'm not watching any more episodes.

  2. The perils of a small town I suppose. I never even see anyone I know--you have to actually KNOW people to do that, lol.

  3. If a show depresses you that much, you’re right to stop watching it

  4. I know what you mean about shows becoming too real. I've got the audio version of Greenlights, I need to listen to it sometime!

  5. All the Light We Cannot See is so good! I agree with you on that one. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  6. If you enjoy autobiographies, "The Boys" is great, especially if you ever watched The Andy Griffith Show. I haven't read "Crawdads" but we have a singing group here of over=70 performers who are the Putah Creek Crawdads.

  7. I hear that about giving up on a show that’s depressing. I’m really careful what I watch (or read) anymore. I’m feeling more and more that there’s just NO time to waste.

  8. I think staying in is a good things. Being content where we are. I use to love playing Farmville. I played for over 10 years and Zynga ended it. It did free up time once it ended!

  9. The Outsiders. Good stuff. Stay golden, Ponyboy, stay golden.


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