Saturday 9: On a Clear Day (1970)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) Is today a clear day where you are? Today (Friday) was a beautiful day and tomorrow is predicted to be, as well, with a near record high for the date.
2) Streisand sings that today she's "astounded." What has recently shocked or greatly surprised you? I can't really think of anything.
3) Streisand's voice astounded people from an early age. She began performing in New York clubs when she was only 18, too young to order a drink in the establishments where she sang. Do you remember the first adult beverage you ordered at a restaurant or bar? I don't remember what it was, but it was at dinner with Tim when we were dating. He was 23 and I was just 19. The waitress never asked for my ID. In fact, I've never been carded.
4) Barbra has discussed the importance of her Jewish faith in her life and has enlisted the guidance of Reform, Conservative and and Orthodox rabbis as she explored her religion's complexities. Do you enjoy discussing religion? Very much so...as long as it is a discussion and not an argument.
5) Taylor Swift just passed Barbra Streisand as the woman with the most #1 albums (12). What's the last album you purchased? It's been several years...probably a Toby Keith CD or something I found at a thrift store or yard sale.
6) The lyrics to "On a Clear Day" were written by Alan Jay Lerner. He attended Choate, a private boarding school in CT, at the same time as John F. Kennedy. While JFK was in the White House, Lerner had two major Broadway hits -- Camelot and My Fair Lady -- running concurrently. Obviously those two Choate alumni did very well. Have you been to any of your class reunions? Have you been surprised, pleasantly or less so, by how any of your classmates turned out? I went to my 30-year reunion and maybe 30 out of a class of 360+ bothered to show up. I declined to go to my 41-year reunion earlier this month. More than 30 showed up, but still far less than 100. Reunions seem to be going the way of the dinosaurs. Oh, and no, I haven't been surprised (except for how many of us have passed away). The snooty kids are still snooty adults.
7) The music was written by Burton Lane. In the 1930s, Lane worked for MGM Studios in Hollywood. After he heard Judy Garland perform at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles, he brought her to the attention of his studio bosses and the rest, as they say, is history. Lane and Garland later worked together when Judy was an established star. He wrote the song, "How About You?" for her to sing in Babes on Broadway and received an Oscar nomination. Judy's best known movie has to be The Wizard of Oz. How many times have you seen it? I'd guess close to 100 times.
8) In 1970, Glenn Frey formed the Eagles. What's your favorite Eagles song? Take It Easy
9) Random question: Which would upset you more, being trapped in an elevator or stranded atop a mountain in a ski lift? I don't think I'd be terribly thrilled with either, but maybe the ski lift would be worse? It would be colder, anyway.
Thanks, as always, to Sam for the music and questions.
Play along here.