Saturday 9: Mama Said (1961)
1) This week's song is about a girl who remembers wise advice she received from her mother. Tell us about someone who advised you years ago and to this day you think, "They were right!" This is recent, but I'm going with it: My shrink keeps reiterating that everything bad that happens to those I love is not my fault. I try to protect people from harm and unhappiness and, for the most part, it's out of my control. I can give advice. I can worry and pray. But the doc is right: ultimately I can't keep them out of harm's way if they're determined to go there.
2) She sings about hearing chapel bells. Can you hear church bells ringing from your home? When the windows are open, yes. I live three blocks away from a corner that has three churches (including my own).
3) This week's featured artists are the Shirelles, a group formed in New Jersey in 1957. They are credited for beginning the girl group genre. Name another popular girl group. The Supremes! In the orgy of grief after Michael Jackson's death, it made me crazy to hear people refer to him as "the first crossover superstar." Nope. Not by the longest shot. The Supremes sold more records in the 1960s and got more airplay than the Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones. The only group that consistently outsold the girls from Detroit was the lads from Liverpool, aka The Beatles.
7) Similarly, restaurants experience a spike in reservations on Mother's Day. Where did you last dine out? Was a reservation required? This past week my friend Elaine and I went to Italian Village. Open since 1927, it's one of Chicago's most venerable restaurants. My parents had their first official date here 69 years ago. Since May is Mother's Day and my dad would turn 90 this month, it seemed like a nice way to remember them. And yes, Elaine made a reservation.
9) Sam is celebrating Mother's Day with her mother's favorite, Hershey Bars. Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or chocolate with almonds? Milk chocolate with almonds.