Saturday, June 10, 2023

Saturday 9: Big Spender

Saturday 9: Big Spender (1966)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) In this song, Peggy Lee invites a gentleman to join her for fun, laughs, and a good time. What will you be doing for fun this weekend?

A. I'm going to dinner with my father and his wife, my brother and his girlfriend, and my husband, of course.
2) Peggy was blessed with perfect pitch. It's estimated that just 1 in 10,000 has this gift. Tell us about something that comes naturally to you.

A. Reading has always been easy for me. I was reading by the time I was three or so. 
3) Peggy was an influential performer whose fans included singers as diverse as Carly Simon, Petula Clark, and Joni Mitchell. Bette Midler even did a Peggy Lee tribute album. What songstress do you listen to most often?

A. It's a three-way tie between Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, and Stevie Nicks.
4) Paul McCartney was also a big Peggy Lee fan. In the 1970s he was invited to meet her in her London home. He arrived with a carefully chosen hostess gift: a bottle of champagne and an original song ("Let's Love") which she recorded and he produced. Have you more recently given or received a gift?

A. I received lots of gifts on Thursday for my birthday.

5) Cy Coleman wrote the music to "Big Spender." Unlike Peggy Lee, who never took a music lesson, Coleman was classically trained and studied composition, conducting, and orchestration at New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts and at the New York College of Music. If you could take classes in anything that interested you, what would you choose to learn more about?

A. I would love to take classes in archeology to learn more about various aspects of civilizations that have come and gone.

6) Coleman met lyricist Dorothy Fields by chance, at a party. Though Fields was more than 20 years his senior, they hit it off immediately and he invited her to work with him. Their collaboration resulted in two Broadway shows including Sweet Charity, which featured "Big Spender." Think about the person you spent the most time with last week. Were they older, younger or about the same age as you?

A. Older.
7) In 1966, when disc jockeys were playing this record, consumers were discovering garage door openers. These transistorized devices weren't cheap. Typically about $150 in 1966, that would be more than $1,000 in today's dollars. These days garage door openers are far more affordable and common. Can you think of something that was a luxury item when you were a kid that today you take for granted?

A. Telephones, televisions, microwaves.
8) 1966 found Jacqueline Susann atop the best seller list with her steamy novel, Valley of the Dolls. Though it was savaged by critics, countless Americans enjoyed the book. Do you have a similar guilty pleasure? Is there a book, movie, TV show or song you enjoy, even though you know it has little artistic merit?

A. I have read all of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books. They really have no redeeming quality. I have also watched nearly episode of Survivor, and I have no idea why.

9) Random question: When at a Mexican restaurant, what's your go-to order?

A. I have never been in a Mexican restaurant (I know, I know). If I went, I'd probably order a salad.


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  1. I'm glad you received lots of presents for your big day. (Yay, you!) And if I never enter another Mexican restaurant, I would be just as happy. Enjoying that food always comes at a price in the ladies room later on. I only go to be a good sport when someone else says they just must have it.

  2. #3 All good choices!
    #4 A happy belated birthday!
    #5 I would like to take an archaeology class and go on a dig. But at my age I couldn’t get down on my hands and knees.
    #9 I usually order spring rolls, shrimp rolls, crab rangoon and stay away from heavily spiced food.

    1. sounds more like Chinese food than Mexican.

    2. I'm surprised at the answers to the Mexican restaurant on Sat. 9. I guess in California we have a warped view. We eat Mexican frequently, whether at home or at a restaurant. There are 10 Mexican restaurants in this town of 65,000 residents.

      I didn't realize you were a Survivor fan. Ned has seen every episode too. I'm not a fan, but since he lives here, I have been watching it regularly.

  3. Happy belated birthday! :) #8 reminds me that I think I've seen every episode of Big Brother. (except the celebrity version because they weren't what I consider celebrities)

  4. Happy birthday, fellow Survivor and Stevie Nicks fan


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