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Saturday 9: September In The Rain

So I'm a day late and a dollar short. Yesterday was a crazy busy day, so I didn't get a chance. Oh, well. Link up here if you want to play along, too!

Saturday 9: September in the Rain (1956)

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


1) This song refers to "leaves of brown." Can you see any leaves outside your window? What color are they?

They are green, and they are giant palm tree leaves. I live in Miami, so we don't get beautiful fall colors much.

2) It also mentions whispered words of love. What did you say last time you lowered your voice?

Oh, I was talking to Hubs, and it was definitely too filthy to repeat here! ;)

3) Clearly this song is about a treasured romantic memory that took place in autumn. Think about your favorite romantic memory. In what season did it take place?

Winter; January 2, 2004. For our third wedding anniversary, Hubs blindfolded me, had my best friend and her husband babysit toddler Chloë and 9-month-old Jack, and drove me to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to a resort room he had rented for the night. He had strewn yellow rose (my favorite!) petals all over the bed and leading to the jacuzzi bath, where he had candles of all sizes and and shapes lit and glowing in the darkness. There was a fireplace and there were also candles all over the giant suite we had. Well done, Husband. Well done.

4) This week's featured artist, Julie London, was famous as a singer and actress. Less prominent in her bio is her appearance as a "pin up girl" in Esquire magazine when she was just 17. What's in your résumé that you'd prefer to de-emphasize or gloss over?

That would definitely be my employment at a gas station. It didn't add anything but a paycheck to my life!

5) Julie recorded more than 30 albums and was named "most popular female vocalist" by Billboard magazine in 1956. If you could see any entertainer -- male or female -- in concert, who would you choose?

Well, right now, it would be Twenty One Pilots with Sophia. That's her favorite musical duo, and I kinda love their music, too. It would be her first major concert, and I would love to be the one to take her there! (Crap, I just checked their concert schedule; for the Tampa, Florida, stop on their world tour in February, 2017, it would be close to $600 for two tickets. Never mind!) :O

6) She became well-known to another generation when she appeared in the 1970s TV show Emergency! The younger actors credited her for keeping everything calm on the set. Who has a calming influence on you?

Usually, Chloë does. My oldest child is soothing and motherly to me when I'm in pain and my blood pressure is therefore rising. She also massages me and does everything in her power to reduce my suffering. KInd of cool of her, eh?

7) Her Emergency! costar was her husband, Bobby Troup, and the show was produced by her ex-husband, Jack Webb. Do you have an ex that you're on very good terms with?

Sure. My first long-term boyfriend, Ben, and I still keep in touch on Facebook, mostly. When we were in New York for my 20th high school reunion, my family even had dinner with him and his son. It wasn't strained much at all, between the two men.

8) Julie was a chain-smoker since she was a teenager and in the 1950s recorded a jingle for Marlboro cigarettes. Yet in the 1970s, when she saw Bobby Troup's health negatively effected by smoking, she pressed him to quit. Tell us about a time you found yourself in a "do as I say, not as I do" situation.

Now that Chloë is 15 and old enough to get a driver's permit here in Florida, she critiques my driving when I am technically breaking the rules. ;) I'm always saying, "Oops, yeah, don't do that..." Heh.

9) Random question: You have won an all-expenses paid trip to an exclusive resort in the Hawaii. When you get there, you discover that the private beach is bathing suit optional. Do you swim nude?

I have, but I would definitely not in this situation. No way, not without some serious plastic surgery on my post-gastric bypass body! People would be disgusted and leave!


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