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
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your choice. We hate rules. We love to answer the questions, however, and here
is today's questions!
This is the last Saturday 9 of 2020. Thanks for
Saturday 9: Purple Snowflakes (2018)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it
1) The lyrics ask where the snowflakes go. Sam can answer
that: she shovels them! Do you shovel or use a snow blower? Or do you live in a
warmer climate with no snow?
No snow here. We are about 20 miles from Sacramento. we have lived
here for nearlay 50 years and it has snowed twice--both times just long enough
for snow to collecton the cars and on the ground, melting within an hour or so.
2) This week's artist, John Legend, recalls his Christmases growing up,
singing carols with his family around the piano. Do you have a piano, or any
other musical instruments, in your home?
I don't know how many we have. We have a piano and Ned, who is a drummer,
has a drum. He and Marta both have guitars. Marta was a trombonist
in their band, Lawsuit. We might have a cornet that Walt had.
3) This song is from John Legend's first Christmas album, A Legendary
Christmas. It was a massive hit. Did you add any new music to your holiday
collection this year?
No. We didn't even play the music that we have, but kept the DISH holiday
collection of music on.
4) John and his wife Chrissy Teigen go caroling with friends. What's the last
song that you sang?
I love to sing and was in choirs for most of my life up to a certain point.
I love to sing with the radio. But at some point during, say, the last 5
years or more, something has happened to my voice and I can't sing any more.
I have a vocal range of maybe 3-5 notes and if I try to go lower or higher than
that, my voice disappears, so I can't sing anything. We went out looking
at Christmas lights the other night and had the radio on and I tried singing
along with the carols and couldn't sing at all.
5) Chrissy's hobby is cooking. While she likes experimenting with new
recipes, her young children prefer their familiar favorites, like mashed
potatoes. She tosses a bay leaf into the water as the potatoes boil to add
enhance the flavor. Do you have a dish that's considered your specialty?
I don't think so. I have recipes that I make all the time, but I don't
think anybody could consider them my "specialty."
6) John prefers to unwind with a good book and loves comparing reading
recommendations with friends. Did you discover any books in 2020 that you'd like
to recommend to our Sat 9ers?
Two. BETWEEN THE STOPS: The
View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus by Sandi Toksvig, which is a
fascinating, fun book about London written by the co-host of Great British
Baking Co., and
WATCHING FROM THE WINGS: Fifty Years of Working
With The Stars by my friend Jim Brochu, who has been in theater his
whole life and knows everybody and hass wonderful stories to tell in t his book.
7) This song was written by Motown powerhouse Marvin Gaye. Who is your
favorite Motown artist?
Don't know Motown artists.
8) In 1972, Marvin wrote another Christmas song, "I Want to Come Home for
Christmas." He dedicated it to the troops then serving in Vietnam. Do you know
anyone who is protecting us this holiday season? Tell us about him or her.
Whether they are in the armed forces, the police or fire department, or the ER,
we want to say thank you!
Our friend who has been protecting us in the armed forces is now retired and I
don't know anybody else who is in the police for fire Departments or the ER,
though I would certainly like to say thank you!
9) Random question: You go into the kitchen to make your perfect sandwich.
What fixings do you need?
Today, the day after Christmas, it would be white bread, turkey, and cranberry