Saturday Nine: Ode to Billie Joe (1967)

Saturday, June 4, 2016
This week's Saturday Nine:

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

  1. This song takes places on "the third of June," which is described as "another sleepy, dusty" day. Describe the weather where you were on Friday, June 3, 2016. Warm, clear, and sunny.

  2. In this song, the family sits down to eat and discuss the doings of their friends and neighbours. Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister were at the table. Who did you have dinner with on Friday? I was at Tsuki Izakaya with Chelsea, Ronsee, Michael, and Corrado to celebrate Chelsea's birthday.

  3. Young Billie Joe MacAllister playfully put a frog down another kid's back. Do you see many frogs where you live? I live in a gated neighbourhood that surrounds a lake, so there probably are frogs around the water... but as I've never actually been near the lake, I've never actually seen any of these theoretical frogs.

  4. This song made Mississippi's Tallahatchie Bridge famous. What's the name of a bridge in your neighborhood? I had to Google this because I don't actively look out for bridges. But the two closest to me are Old Bailey Bridge (which was built in 1945 and replaced in 2014) and the much more famous Old Finch Avenue Bailey Bridge (built in 1954), which is said to be haunted.

  5. Bobbie Gentry often performed with Glen Campbell. Mr. Campbell's family is very open about Glen's battle with Alzheimer's. Is anyone in your life facing this terrible disease? Not that I know of, but knock on wood.

  6. "Ode to Billie Joe" was made into a movie directed by Max Baer, Jr. Mr. Baer is better known for playing Jethro Bodine in a famous 1960s era sitcom. Can you name it? Yes, because I can Google: The Beverly Hillbillies.

  7. Bobbie Gentry made one of her last public appearances in 1981 on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Johnny is now seen in reruns on the Antenna TV channel. Think of the last TV show you watched. Was it new or was it a rerun? I'm currently watching Season 2 of Once Upon A Time on Netflix, so they're all reruns.

  8. In 1967, when this song was popular, Sweden changed its traffic laws and Swedes began driving on the right. Have you ever driven in a foreign country? If so, did you have a hard time adapting to their laws? Outside of Canada, I've only ever driven in the US, which doesn't really count as foreign to us, so I'm gonna say no.

  9. Random question: Which would you rather have more of — compliments or hugs? Depends on who they're from. From strangers, compliments. From friends, hugs.
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