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21 October 2017

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Voices Carry (1985)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
This song was chosen because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please share this link to The National Domestic Violence Hotline. Let's spread the word that there's help out there.

1) In this song, a woman is "hushed" by her lover. When were you last told to "keep it down?"

I can't remember, but it would be some time when I had the TV volume too high.  Now that I have hearing aids, I don't get that complaint much any more (unless I've forgotten to put the devices in my ears)

2) Her lover tells her tears are something to hide. Researchers tell us that crying can be good for us, because by releasing emotional stress, it lessens physical stress on the cardiovascular system. Are you comfortable crying in front of other people?

Oh good lord, I'll cry in front of anyone.  After two memorial services for our sons where most people in town came for each, I have no qualms about tearing up and boo-hooing in front of anyone.

3) In this video, the woman makes a scene by speaking up in a theater. Today theater goers are more likely to be disturbed by a cell phone ringing or its screen illuminating. Are you careful to turn your phone off in the theater, church, etc.?

VERY RARELY, I forget, but as a theater critic, who attends at least one theatrical program a week, I am very good about remembering to turn off the phone!

4) When this group, Til Tuesday, was still struggling, Cyndi Lauper was already a star. Cyndi offered to record this song, which would have brought the group some fast cash, but only if they agreed not to record it themselves. Obviously they didn't take the deal. Tell us about a time you took a risk on yourself, and it paid off.

Well, back in 1975 or so, the Lamplighters sent out a letter to all subscribers saying that someone was going to put together a book celebrating the company's 25th anniversary.  Even though we now lived 80 miles away from San Francisco, I took the plunge and volunteered, along with one other woman.  The three of us got that book published in 1977 and it ended up being the project that changed my life, introduced me to people who became my best friends, and set the principal activity of my life for the next decade.

5) Til Tuesday's lead singer, Aimee Mann, went to Open High School in Richmond, Virginia. This charter high school is dedicated to helping students become "self-determined thinkers and learners." Do you recall your high school as permissive or regimented?

I went to a Catholic high school in the 1950s.  Does that answer your question?

) Aimee has been on the road through 2017 and, like most artists, sells tour merchandise. Her line includes reusable tote bags. Do you bring your own bag to the grocery store?

Always.  Sometimes I forget to bring them into the store, but there are big signs everywhere reminding people to bring their bags.

7) Aimee has tried her hand at acting and appeared on Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. From Dracula to Barnabas Collins to Lestat, vampires are a popular culture staple (especially in October). What do you suppose accounts for their enduring popularity?

Not only do I not understand their enduring popularity, I can't understand why they are popular to begin with.  I have never been a fan.

8) In 1985, when this song was popular, Bruce Springsteen was at the top of the charts with Born in the USA. A massive commercial success, Born in the USA has sold more than 15,000,000 copies in the United States alone. Is it in your collection?

No.  In 1985, I was herding young children and didn't pay attention to songs that had massive commercial successl.

9) Random question: In which race would you do better -- the Iditarod, with sled dogs in Nome, or speeding in a car at 200+ mph at the Indianapolis 500?

Good lord.  I'm one of those people who drive the speed limit or under and get very nervous when a car is going too fast.  Also I love dogs.  There is no question about my participating in the Iditarod.  I'd come in last, of course, but I'd enjoy myself, if I could find a way to stay warm.




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