saturday 9


1) In this song, lead singer Gary Kemp tells us he's overwhelmed by his feelings as he and a girl dance "toe to toe." What song did you most recently dance to? a German techno song--I have a 30-second Dance Party button on my desk at school

2) Falling in love makes him want to listen to "Marvin all night long," a reference to Motown great Marvin Gaye. What's your favorite love song, and who sings it? do I have a favorite??  Right now, I'll go with Del Amitri's "Tell Her This"

3) This song was inspired by Kemp's feelings for singer Clare Grogan. When they first met, they discovered a shared love of literature and for his birthday, she gave him a book she thought he'd enjoy. Who received the most recent birthday gift you gave, and what was it? one of my students had a birthday Thursday and I gave them a little hand-written note and a piece of candy

4) Despite the popularity of the song it inspired, the Kemp-Grogan romance never really took off. Gary was involved with another woman and Clare was seeing other men and reluctant to settle down. The timing just wasn't right for them. Do you believe luck plays a big part in romance? I do

5) The cover art was created by Kemp's friend, David Band. David sketched it after seeing a man startled when a bird flew too close to him as he entered a pub. To Kemp, it represented how surprised he was by the sudden intensity of his feelings for Grogan. Band went on to become a world-renowned artist, with his work exhibited in galleries and museums in Australia, New Zealand, England and the United States. What museum have you most recently visited? I can't recall a museum--but I've been to a local art gallery

6) In 2020, Kemp and bassist Guy Pratt launched their podcast Rockonteurs about the stories behind popular songs. Do you regularly listen to podcasts? not regularly (I'm usually listening to audiobooks)

7) Super Mario Bros. debuted in 1983. Without looking it up, can you name gaming's most famous siblings? Mario & Luigi
8) Also in 1983, for the first time, London's Abbey Road recording studio was open to the public. Visitors were treated to a multi-media presentation called The Beatles at Abbey Road. During the two months it was open, more than 22,000 tickets were sold. What's the most recent ticket you purchased? a  movie ticket--I got to see Hocus Pocus on the big screen!

 9) Random question -- At your favorite restaurant, a genie will grant you one of these two wishes: 1) you can eat whatever you want without gaining weight or 2) you can order whatever you want for free. Which do you choose? the free meal!


The Gal Herself said...

My local theater showed Hocus Pocus, too. I didn't go, but I walked by and smiled when I saw how many over-30 women were in line. I'm happy to see a wider demographic returning to the movies.

songbird's crazy world said...

I love Hocus Pocus, but I watched it on tv

Lori said...

I love that you have a dance party button! It helps break things up for the kids.
I would take the free meal also. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend. ♥


Twindaddy said...

Now I'm wondering what German techno music sounds like...

CountryDew said...

I am usually listening to a book, too, instead of a podcast.

Susan said...

That is nice that you gave your student a note and candy. Do you do that with all your students? I have only seen bits of Hocus Pocus.

Stacy said...

I love Hocus Pocus! I saw it on the big screen when it came out (perks of having kids), but I watch it every year and I own a copy, too. I even dressed as Winnifred Sanderson for Halloween this year (you can see a picture on my blog a couple of posts before today's).