Saturday 9: Buttons And Bows
22 February 2020
Welcome back, everyone! Unbelievably, February is already almost over! You know those memes going around saying how fast it's been, compared to that three-year-long (or whatever) January? Definitely true.
Link up here if you'd like to play along this week. And away we go!
Saturday 9: Buttons & Bows (1948)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) The lyrics extol the beauty of "rings and things and buttons and bows." When you're getting dressed, do you give much thought to accessorizing?
I definitely do. Since I'm mostly bedbound these days, there aren't many days where I'm leaving the house and even wanting to accessorize. So when I do, I want to make it count!
2) Dinah Shore sings that she doesn't want to live where the cactus hurts her toes. Sam can sympathize, as she has a blister on one of her toes from where her winter boots rub. Do you have any aches and pains to report this morning?
Well, yeah. Thanks to Lyme and other health issues. I always have pain.
3) Dinah was such a popular entertainer that people were surprised to learn she earned a degree in sociology from Vanderbilt University. What is something we'd be surprised to know about you?
Hmm, I'm not sure if this'll do, but a lot of you know I'm mostly-vegan, occasionally vegetarian. However, I have eaten both escargot and frog legs, on two different cruises. And I liked them!
4) Dinah's was the best selling version of this song, which was introduced by Bob Hope in the movie The Paleface. Hope had success early in his career as a song-and-dance man on Broadway. Are you better at telling jokes, singing or dancing?
I'm not very good at telling jokes - I can never remember them! I think I'm best at singing, of these.
5) Both Bob and Dinah donated their time to entertaining the troops in WWII. It was during a USO tour that Dinah met and fell in love with actor George Montgomery, who was serving in the Air Force. They were married for 20 years and had two children. Their daughter followed her parents into show business and became an actress. If a young person asked you for career advice, what would you tell them?
I always recommend that a young person shadow someone older, who is already doing the job the young person wants. That helps avoid disillusionment.
6) Dinah was an avid golfer and even sponsored an LPGA tournament. She was also an excellent cook who hosted TV cooking segments. Which would you find more relaxing -- an afternoon on the golf course or in the kitchen?
I'd much rather be cooking.
7) In 1948, the year this record was a hit, Scrabble was introduced. Do you prefer word games, card games, board games or jigsaw puzzles?
I love all of the above!
8) Also in 1948, LPs (33 1/3 rpm records) were introduced. Do you have any vinyl records in your home?
We do, but none are mine. I'm not sure how many Hubs has, but not nearly as many as this.
9) Random question -- Which of these would you consider the greatest insult: to be called boring, untrustworthy or stupid?
Hm. I wouldn't relish any of them... but probably least so "boring"! Although with all our ups and downs over the years, boring, too, can be quite nice!
All right, dears. Nap time!