Saturday, August 08, 2015
Saturday 9: Rocky Mountain High
1) In this song, Denver sings that he was "born in the summer of his 27th year," because that's when he discovered the place where he felt most at home. What do you remember about your 27th year? (If it hasn't happened yet, what do you want to happen when you're 27?) I had just started my second advertising job, was living in a tiny apartment, volunteering at the local animal shelter and building a wonderful and enduring circle of friends. The only dark cloud on the horizon was the guy I was involved with. It was an unhealthy relationship. Looking back, I can't believe I wasted my 20s on him.
2) In 2007, the Colorado General Assembly named this one of the state's two official songs. (The other is "Where the Columbines Grow.") Do you know your state song? "By thine rivers gently flowing, Illinois! Illinois! By thine prairies verdant growing, Illinois! Illinois! Comes an echo on the breeze, rustling through the leafy trees, and its gentle tones are these: Illinois! Illinois!"
3) John Denver was a dedicated environmentalist who wrote an anthem about Earth Day. Are you careful about your energy consumption? Do you recycle? I'm a good little recycler. I could be better about the lights. According to the local energy company, I used 3% less power than I did last July.
4) 1975 is also the year that Denver released a collection of holiday songs called Rocky Mountain Christmas. On this August day, what's the first carol that comes to mind? "I'll have a Blue Christmas without you ..."
5) Denver dabbled in photography in his spare time and friends say he was quite good. Tell us about your hobbies. I read a lot, watch a lot of TV/movies and since it's summer, much of my attention is focused on this place:
6) In 1975, when this song was popular, mood rings were all the rage. It was said that the ring reflected the wearer's mood. Black = anxious/stressed, orange = worried, green = normal, blue = happy, pink = as good as it gets. As you respond to this week's Saturday 9, what color would your mood ring be? Green. I'm feeling very "normal."
7) Pet Rocks were 1975's other odd cultural phenomenon. Do you have any real-life, breathing pets? Three cats: Joey (who has a vet appointment this morning), Reynaldo, and Connie
8) 1975 saw the premiere of Wheel of Fortune. Are you good at word puzzles? Yes
9) Random question: Did you sleep well last night? It was OK.