Saturday Nine: September in the Rain (1956)

Saturday, September 17, 2016
This week's Saturday Nine:

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

  1. This song refers to "leaves of brown." Can you see any leaves outside your window? What colour are they? Mostly green, with hints of gold. Fall's coming!

  2. It also mentions whispered words of love. What did you say last time you lowered your voice? Probably gossip.

  3. Clearly this song is about a treasured romantic memory that took place in autumn. Think about your favourite romantic memory. In what season did it take place? Fall. I think most of my favourite memories take place in the fall.

  4. This week's featured artist, Julie London, was famous as a singer and actress. Less prominent in her bio is her appearance as a "pin up girl" in Esquire magazine when she was just 17. What's in your resume that you'd prefer to de-emphasize or gloss over? Working as a cashier and barista at Richtree. Partially because it was my shortest job (about nine months), but mostly because it has nothing pertaining to the industry I'm in now.

  5. Julie recorded more than 30 albums and was named "most popular female vocalist" by Billboard magazine in 1956. If you could see any entertainer —  male or female — in concert, who would you choose? Currently alive? Adele. It is insanely difficult to get tickets to any of her shows.

  6. She became well-known to another generation when she appeared in the 1970s TV show Emergency!. The younger actors credited her for keeping everything calm on the set. Who has a calming influence on you? My friends Cynthia and Corrado. They're just generally very low-key, passive people, so I always feel calm when I hang out with them.

  7. Her Emergency! co-star was her husband, Bobby Troup, and the show was produced by her ex-husband, Jack Webb. Do you have an ex that you're on very good terms with? Nope. I totally believe in the theory that if you're still friends with an ex, it's either because you were never in love with them to begin with or because you still have feelings for them.

  8. Julie was a chain-smoker since she was a teenager and in the 1950s recorded a jingle for Marlboro cigarettes. Yet in the 1970s, when she saw Bobby Troup's health negatively effected by smoking, she pressed him to quit. Tell us about a time you found yourself in a "do as I say, not as I do" situation. I lecture one of my good friends all the time on paying off her credit cards and getting out of debt instead of spending money on things she doesn't need. And it's because I'm the same way; I spend without thinking. But I learned the hard way and had to consolidate my debt and pay off a huge loan with interest.

  9. Random question: You have won an all-expenses paid trip to an exclusive resort in the Hawaii. When you get there, you discover that the private beach is bathing suit optional. Do you swim nude? Definitely not. I don't even like getting in a bathing suit. I don't even think I'd swim nude in my own private swimming pool.
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