15 May 2021
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!
Fun to see the Ink Spots as the focus this week. My parents
were big fans of the Ink Spots and we had a lot of their records in our house.
Saturday 9: Don't Get Around Much Anymore (1942)
Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it
1) In this song, our lonely Romeo shares how he amuses
himself these days. Which of the activities that he mentions have you most
recently enjoyed: playing solitaire, reading a book, or listening to the radio?
Reading a book.
2) The lead singer is tenor Bill Kenny. Which range is your voice: soprano,
alto, tenor or bass?
When I could sing, I was an alto and sang in many choirs. However, in the
last 5-10 years, my voice has gone. Sometimes I can sing, but most of the
time I have a vocal range of about 2-3 notes, which is frustrating since I can't
sing along to songs any more.
3) When Bill was on vacation in Atlantic City, he entered a series of talent
contests and won 21 of 22. This led to his first professional booking. Tell us
about a vacation of yours that took an unexpected turn.
It was a sad vacation. We had planned a cruise to the South of France with
our traveling companions, friends from college days. They were going to
take a cruise in Germany first and meet us in Paris. But before their
cruise ended, Mike got sick and ended up in a hospital in Germany, where he
died. We canceled our cruise so we could help their family while Char was
getting Mike's body sent home.
4) This song was composed by Duke Ellington. He received many honors,
including a coin struck in his honor. In 2009, he graced the District of
Columbia's commemorative quarter. Do you save coins in a jar or piggy bank?
No. Mostly they just roll around in the bottom of the purse I rarely
5) In 1976, Stevie Wonder recorded a tribute to Ellington called "Sir Duke."
What's your favorite Stevie Wonder song?
Well, I looked up a list of Stevie Wonder songs on Google and discovered that I
don't recognize the title of any of them, so I guess I don't have a favorite.
6) The lyrics were written by Bob Russell. When he began his
career, he shared an apartment with future novelist and TV screenwriter Sidney
Sheldon. Have you ever tried your hand at writing lyrics, a novel or a
When I worked with The Lamplighters in
San Francisco I wrote a lot of lyrics to the company's annual fund-raising
Galas. I also co-authored
two books about the company, in 1977 and 1987.
7) In 1942, when this record was released, the federal government established
a rationing system to conserve crucial supplies for our troops. Sugar was the
first food to be rationed, followed by coffee and then meat. If you were around
back then, which of those items do you think you'd miss the most?
Sugar. I'd miss coffee, but think I could live without it. I know I
could live without meat.
8) Also in 1942, actor/singer Peter Tork was born. Without looking it up, do
you know why Peter Tork was famous?
No. But it was fun to find out why.
9) Random question -- Have you ever deliberately lost a game?
Oh definitely. I think every mother loses games to her kids now and then.