Saturday 9: Moonlighting (1985)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) Moonlighting was an award-winning comedy-drama that ran from 1985 to 1989. Are you familiar with the show? Were you a fan? Loved it! Here's one of my favorite scenes.
2) The series revolved around The Blue Moon Detective Agency in Los Angeles. There have been countless TV shows and movies about detectives and their cases, yet Crazy Sam doesn't know anyone who has ever hired a private investigator. How about you? Have you ever had anything or anyone investigated? Nope. I got served once by a private investigator, but that turned out to be kind of a yawn. The bank handling the sale of my late mother's home (she had a reverse mortgage) was required to alert us kids of their actions; there was nothing for us to do with the papers but put them away in a drawer.
3) The agency was named Blue Moon because one of the owners, Maddie Hayes, was a model known as The Blue Moon Girl, famous for promoting Blue Moon Shampoo. If we were to rename their detective agency based on the shampoo you most recently used, what would it be called? It would be The Aussie Miracle Detective Agency.
4) Cybill Shepherd played Maddie Hayes. Cybill believes we can all find romance many times and said she considers the concept of one true love as "dramatic treacle." Do you agree? Not at all. While we may find love and happiness more than once, I believe that we each get one true love. As The Beatles sang: "Though I know I'll never lose affection for people and things that went before, I know I'll often stop and think about them, but in my life, I'll love you more." Unfortunately, in my case, the one I loved best and the one who loved me best were not the same man. Oh, well. That's the stuff of love songs, isn't it?
The above song is from the summer of 82. Moonlighting ... solo Glenn Frey ... I'm just an 80s girl this morning.
5) David Addison was played by Bruce Willis. At the beginning of his career he couldn't support himself as a actor and held down part-time jobs as a security guard, shuttle bus driver and bartender. How many different occupations have you had? Lots of titles but really just two occupations: clerical/office worker and advertising writer.
6) The Moonlighting theme was co-written and performed by Al Jarreau. While in college, Al planned on being a career counselor. Yet once he began performing with a jazz trio, he knew that music was where his heart was. Tell us about a time you found joy from an unexpected source. Hmmm ... This one was a tough for me because nothing immediately springs to mind, but I'll go with negroni with a twist. This mixed drink sounds so strong and so, well, boozy (campari, vermouth and gin) that I never considered trying it. But then I read that it was the preferred drink of my all-time idol, JBKO, when she was on Skorpios. Delicious! Potent, to be sure, so I never have more than one and always with a big meal when I can sip as I eat. But here's my takeaway: my obsessive reading of all things Jackie has been useful at times!
|Here's the drink recipe. A bartender once told me he loves it because it's so easy|
7) Moonlighting was created by Glenn Gordon Caron. ABC gave him the opportunity based on his work on Remington Steele and Taxi. Of these three shows -- Moonlighting, Remington Steele and Taxi -- which would you prefer to binge watch? Moonlighting! Here's another of my favorites: their take on the wedding scene in Taming of the Shrew ...
8) In 1985, the year Moonlighting premiered, Coca Cola introduced The New Coke. It was not successful and disappeared from store shelves quickly. What's the most recent beverage you drank? Ice water
9) Random question -- Each day, do you put more time into improving your mind or your appearance? Since quarantine, I'm afraid I've gotten awful lazy about both. I keep saying I will pay closer to attention to my health, which will just naturally make me feel and look better. Maybe in August ...