These are the thoughts and observations of me — a woman of a certain age. (Oh, my, God, I'm 60!) I'm single. I'm successful enough (independent, self supporting). I live in the burbs and work in the city (Chicago, the best city in the world). I'm an aunt, a friend and a colleague. I feel that voices like mine are rather underrepresented online or in print. So here I am. If my musings resonate with you, please visit my blog again sometime.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Saturday 9: Johnny Angel (1962)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) In this song, a girl sings that she'd rather spend
a quiet evening at home than go out on a date. How about you? Do you enjoy
quiet time? Or do you prefer keeping a busy calendar? This week I've gone
out twice already, and have plans for Saturday night. It’s too much. In my long ago party girl days, I thought it was a
scandal if I was home on both Friday and Saturday nights. Now I resent it when
2) She dreams of how her life with Johnny would be.
What did you most recently daydream about? Boston. I'm reading a Spenser
mystery and it makes me want to wander the Public Garden.
3) Shelley never considered herself a singer and is
more comfortable acting. A costar on The Donna Reed Show, she was
pressured to make this record by the show's producer, who wanted extra exposure
for the show by having this song on the radio. Tell us about a time you
ventured outside your comfort zone. I'm confident when I meet new people in
a professional setting, but socially ... ugh.
4) Elvis said she was his favorite leading lady, and
she appeared with him in three films. What qualities do you appreciate in a
coworker? Dependability and a generous spirit.
5) She met her close friend and fellow teen star
Annette Funicello when they were 12 and attended the same Catechism class. What
do you recall from your middle-school years? The first taste of
freedom! It was heady going to the hotdog stand with my friends, but without an
6) After The Donna Reed Show, Shelly went on
to a recurring role on One Day at a Time and was twice nominated for an
Emmy for her work on Coach. Her husband is Mike Farrell, who played BJ
on M*A*S*H. Which of those four sitcoms would you enjoy binge watching? Maybe
One Day at a Time interspersed with Donna Reed. Then I could watch TV moms evolve from the 1950s to the 1980s.
7) In 1962, the year this song was popular, is also
the year Jack Nicklaus began his successful pro golf career. Do you enjoy
playing golf? Watching it on TV? No, and no.
8) A 2013 study said most Americans will have 12
romantic relationships in their lifetime. Does this mean you've had more or
less than your share? Less.
9) It's closing time at the mall and you find
yourself accidentally locked in a toy store. You call the police and they say
someone will be there in about half an hour to rescue you. While you wait, will
you play with any toys? (If so, which ones?) I'd like to see how today's
Barbie and her accessories compare to my Barbie.