Friday, December 08, 2023

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Wildest Dreams (2014)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

A word about Taylor Swift: I lead Crazy Sam's research and development department and did this Sat 9 more than a month ago, before Ms. Swift was named Person of the Year. So it's just coincidence that it hits now, when she's the focus of so much attention. Example: I work at a card shop that has a gift table. There's a Golden Book devoted to Ms. Swift and it's selling briskly. One twenty-something woman I sold it to was excited because it was going to be a stocking stuffer for her dad, who is a self-proclaimed Swiftie. Another woman, a bit older, was buying it for her husband who became a convert when he accompanied her to Swift's Eras Tour movie. My favorite ballplayer, Anthony Rizzo, has changed his walk up song to "Ready for It." I love that she's receiving this acclaim long after she was an overnight sensation (her first album was 17 years ago) and admire the way she emphasizes that wealth is not greed with her charitable and civic work. She's a positive role model. Brava to Time's Person of the Year!

1) In this song, a tall, handsome man asks Taylor Swift to drive away with him to escape the crowds. Where were you headed when you most recently got behind the wheel? I don't drive, so I wasn't behind the wheel. But I took a rideshare home from the hair salon.

2) She sings about memories of a romance that just "follow you around." Is anyone special on your mind this morning? (It doesn't have to be a romantic partner.) Oh, three of my friends are bedeviling me. Henry has major medical problems. Kathy's cognitive issues are worsening and making her even more difficult. My oldest friend is making unwise decisions ... again. I love Henry and my oldest friend and I feel responsible to Kathy, so this all weighs heavily on me. But I'm trying not to let all this hamper my joy in the moment and the season.

3) The lyrics reference sunset. Now that it gets dark earlier, do you find yourself watching the sun set more often? Nope. I should, too! My living room window faces west. All I have to do is look.

4) The video for this song takes place on a movie set. Swift said it was inspired by tales of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton embarking on a love affair while co-starring in Cleopatra. Elizabeth and Richard fell in love in Rome, while this video was filmed outside of Gaborone, Botswana. In your wildest dreams, which of these exotic locales would you rather visit: Rome or Gaborone? Rome.
5) In homage to Elizabeth Taylor, Swift went from blonde to brunette for the video. Do you have an appointment with a stylist between now and year end? Next week.

6) Both Taylors (Swift and Elizabeth) often wore the color purple. What color dominates your wardrobe? Blue.

7) In the video, Taylor Swift's leading man is Scott Eastwood, son of Clint. Though not as famous as his dad, Scott works steadily and has more than 30 TV and movie credits. Can you think of another second-generation performer who followed his or her parent into show business?

Michael and Kirk Douglas

8) In 2014, when "Wildest Dreams" topped the charts, Paul McCartney had to reschedule tour dates so he could recover from a bout with the flu. How are you feeling this morning? Any coughs, sneezes, sniffles? I've just gotten over a cold.

9) Random question: How many different zip codes have you lived in throughout your life? Three.






  1. What a nice coincidence for the "research and development" person. I had my haircut on December 1 and it's grown out much more than I anticipated. Must be having a growth spurt.

  2. One of the reasons you chose Swift is because she’s a newsmaker … and that’s why Time chose her as well. What a lovely coincidence.

    1. Not at all. I chose this song simply because I needed something from the 2010's and I like it. Her name turned out to be on everyone's lips after I did the questions. But it is a lovely coincidence.

  3. I’m not a fan of her music, but as a person she has a big heart.
    #2 My sister-in-law has the early stages Alzheimer's and in a medical study at Mass General Hospital.
    #6 Blue… jean.
    #9 I seem to be the only home body.

  4. I love how successful Taylor Swift is. I am a Chiefs fan, so I get to see her at the football games (on tv) because I am always watching Travis Kelce.
    I feel like the kids at school are keeping me sick this year. I am ready for Christmas Break so I can try to get better. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.♥

  5. I'm not a Swiftie, but I truly dislike the hate she receives. She seems to be a truly good person.

  6. It's funny how people LOVE or HATE Taylor Swift. I'm over here not really having any thoughts on her...

    Hugs to you for #2

  7. That means a lot of worries. It's so sad to see friends and family get ill and aging. Last week I saw one of my former collegues. It was a shock he was looking so bad.
    Don't forget to look at the sunset!!


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