Saturday 9: Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (1939)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) This song is about love at first sight. Do you believe that immediate attraction lasts?
I do, yes. Absolutely, I do.
2) The lyrics mention "a breath of spring" and robins singing. Now that we're deep into winter, what do you miss about spring?
I live in the land of almost-perpetual sunshine, near-constant warmth, and ubiquitous palm trees. It doesn't suck. I'm not complaining.
3) Though the world knew her as Judy Garland, this week's featured artist was born Frances Gumm and her family called her "Baby." Does your family have any pet names for you?
Since I've been asked about a thousand times here, and all over the Interwebs and Social Media about my "Smellyann" username, I'll have to share the whys and wherefores of that again:
My real name is Melanie Ann. My dad always called me Mellie-Ann. My sister, showing the font of love that comes with being middle school siblings close in age, change it once to "Smellyann" to tease me with it. The joke was on her, though - I liked it and kept it!
(And no, I don't stink. Well. Usually.)
4) Because she was petite - just 4'11 - it was obvious when Garland gained even a few pounds and consequently she battled her weight her whole life. Now that we're in the new year, have you made any resolutions about your own diet?
I'm not much bigger at 5'2", so it becomes glaringly obvious on me, too. I've put on about (no lie) 20 pounds since we've moved here, and no matter what I do, they don't come off. So I'm either settled in my comfort zone or else I just need to get off my ass and MOVE more. I'm going to try the latter, along with a much more restrictive diet, as soon as I'm feeling motivated. (Migraines have sucked lately...)
5) The year this song came out, 1939, was the year Garland's most famous movie, The Wizard of Oz, was released. Which of her three traveling companions is your favorite: Scarecrow, Tin Man or Cowardly Lion?
Toto. ;) He knew they belonged together from the beginning and fought to stay there.
6) Barry Manilow enjoyed Judy's performance of this song so much, he did a "dream duet" with her and included it in his recent CD. What performer who is no longer with us do you wish you could have seen in concert?
It depends on how eager I am to do whatever it is. Right?
8) During World War II, Judy worked tirelessly to entertain the troops. Tell us about a cause that's near and dear to your heart.
Animal welfare, the environment, and exposing - and eliminating - the abuses of children.
9) The American Film Institute lists Garland as the 8th greatest movie star of all time. Who is your all time favorite actor or actress?
I don't have one. I have favorites from each era, but I'd be hard-pressed to come up with an all-time favorite. There's always someone new coming out who impresses me, like Jennifer Lawrence. Maybe it's a good thing I'm not voting for any awards?
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!