saturday 9

Big Spender

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? I'm taking my bestie out to dinner to celebrate her new job!
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.  I can read writing upside down and backward
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? Annie Lennox has been my latest binge-listen
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? I gave earplugs to my roomie in Tampa as an ice-breaker

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? I would take classes on coding and computer stuff--I am baffled by spreadsheets

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? my roomie, Marie, is in her 30s, which is younger
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? microwave ovens
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? most of my TV watching is unscripted/reality competitions

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


CountryDew said...

I personally don't believe any of those shows are unscripted. They're all like wrestling. Of course, I may be wrong. :-)

Diana_CT said...

#1 Bestie’s new job???
#5 I love coding, it fits perfectly with my logical brain and I love the challenge.
#7 Um… we had a Amana's Radarange in 1970! BTW… I still use it. How many modern microwaves will last over 50 years!

songbird's crazy world said...

Ountry Dew, they’re not like wrestling. In wrestling, the outcome is preordained. In reality shows, the producers create situations and make suggestions to the contestants, etc., but they don’t control the outcome. Also, what the audience sees is what the producer wants us to see. The video is edited after the outcome has been determined. One contestant will get an edit that makes them more villainous than they were, for example, as a way to manipulate the audience.

Bev Sykes said...

I can't deal with spreadsheets either.

The Gal Herself said...

Since you can read upside down I wonder, could you dial a desk phone upside down, too? I saw someone do that at work and was fascinated!