Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Feliz Navidad (1970)

1. "Feliz Navidad" is Spanish for "Merry Christmas." Can you wish us happy holidays in a language other than English or Spanish? God Jul

2. According to ASCAP (the American Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers), this is one of the 20 most played holiday songs of the last 10 years. What's the most recent carol that you heard? I tend to think of Vanessa Williams as an actress, which is too bad because she's got a lovely voice.

3. Which Christmas song do you hope you never hear again? "My Favorite Things" because it is NOT a Christmas song! Maria sings it to the Von Trapp children during a rainstorm, not a snowstorm! It's spring, not winter! (Exclamation points indicate how very strongly I feel about this burning issue!)

4. This week's featured artist, Jose Feliciano, was honored to perform this song at the tree lighting ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. If you were to win a trip to our nation's capital, which sites would you visit? The Smithsonian would be first on my list.

5. As a very young child, Jose taught himself to play the accordion. If you could suddenly, easily learn to play any instrument, which would you choose?  Guitar

6. Jose says that hearing early 1950s rock on the radio made him want to become a singer. What's your favorite music genre? Pop

7. At 17, Jose had to drop out of school to help support his family. Too young to enter bars, he played guitar in coffee houses for tips. Have you ever worked a job where you regularly received gratuities? I got tips when I was a babysitter

8. Jose and wife Susan have been together for more than 40 years. Who is the happiest married couple you know? Hmmm ... Thursday night at dinner I was heartened to hear how my friend Kathleen's husband is supporting her during a very difficult time. He's a fascinating man, rather challenging, so their marriage hasn't always been smooth. But I think it's been happy.

9. Jose wrote and performed the theme of the 1970s show, Chico and the Man. What's your current favorite TV show? NCIS. I loves me my Gibbs.


  1. OMG, you love Pop, too?! I feel so validated!

    I just saw "God Jul" written recently somewhere, so now I am having a bit of deja vu because I don't remember seeing it before - at least not for a very long time!

    TOTALLY agree about the Sound of Music song!!! ;)

  2. I forgot about babysitting, that was so very long ago. My Favorite Things is about stuff, and you know in America we're all about that stuff, 'bout that stuff, 'bout that stuff.

  3. I'll post it here, because he wouldn't ever see this - but NCIS is a show that the boy and I have watched together forever. Last Feb. I was at a fundraiser, and they had a script. Signed. I won it. It's for the boy for Christmas. He'd better like it. Dammit.

  4. I don't think Favorite things should be classed as a Christmas song either.

  5. Oh, I forgot about God Jul! I live near a Swedish colony and hear that often.

  6. Thank you for your kind words on the loss of my dad. Our friendship means a lot to me. You would have loved all the references to the Cubbies. His obit said, "...Hey Chicago what do you say? The Cubs are gonna win today!"

  7. Anonymous1:01 PM

    wow, I had no idea that "My Favorite Things" is considered a christmas carol?? I don't think I've ever heard it played along with other christmas carols in the stores. Strange!

  8. It seems like the guitar is a favorite among us.

  9. People have said that a person could spend weeks going through the Smithsonian. I want to do that. Great answers, and yes, Vanessa Williams is a talented singer.

  10. I remember getting a few tips as a babysitter. Heck, I only made $1 an hour. ha ha :)

  11. "My Favorite Things" at Christmas makes me cringe too. Isn't Sound of Music usually shown on Christmas Day? I never watch, but I seem to remember it being a 'thing.'

    I love me some Gibbs too, and I think it's wonderful that he and his wife have been married forever (re the previous question). ;-)


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