“Saturday 9” No° 13 :: The Trolley Song (1944)

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Saturday 9: The Trolley Song (1944)
If you’re not familiar with today’s song, you can hear it here.

I haven’t done one of these for almost 2 months although I’ve missed them. I guess the school days coming closer finally took my writer’s block down.

1) In this movie clip, just about everyone (except Judy) is wearing a hat. Do you wear hats for fashion, for warmth or for both? Right now you would only see me wearing a hat in winter and occasionally a cap on very sunny days.

2) This song is from Meet Me in St. Louis, which was a huge hit and the second highest grossing movie of 1944. When is the last time you watched a movie in the theater?  I know it was Deadpool ‘checks when it came out’ ‘oh’ ‘realises how forgetful she is’. It was on Valentine’s Day.

3) The movie follows the Smith family as their hometown, St. Louis, prepares to host the 1904 World’s Fair. What’s the biggest thing happening in your hometown (Iasi, Romania)? A lot of things are taking place this days, a festival, some club events and a couple of exposition. One big thing that’s coming soon, and by that I mean September, is the the 10th edition of the  International Mechanical Music Festival

4) This week’s featured artist, Judy Garland, is best known as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. That movie is shown so often that Sam thinks she may have seen it a dozen times. Is there a movie or holiday special you’ve seen over and over? I’ve mentioned a couple of times already that I never watch a movie more than once. However there are a couple of movies from which I’ve seen parts of more than once . Titanic (apparently it’s such an amazing movie they keep showing it on TV regularly), Jesus of Nazareth (they always show it on Easter holiday) and Home Alone (they always show it on Christmas)

5) Judy admitted to being perpetually tardy. Are you usually prompt? Or are you always running late? I try to be prompt most of the times. However, there were periods of time that I found it really hard to be on time, but I’d never be later that a couple of minutes.

6) Judy’s first professional performance was a rendition of “Jingle Bells” when she was just two. How old were you when you entered your chosen profession? I haven’t yet entered my chosen profession.

7) Thinking of “Jingle Bells,” here’s a wintery question for a hot summer day: What’s your favorite carol? That’s hard for me to answer, since I’ve only ever sung carols on Romanian and don’t know if the ones I know have an English translation. Right now I can only think of Christmas songs, especially about Last Christmas and All I Want For Christmas Is You.

8) Judy was a very demonstrative person. She enjoyed hugs and admitted that, when she was nervous, she took emotional support from physically reaching out. Are you demonstrative? Not exactly. I’m not quite that open and prefer to deal with my problems on my own.

9) She told Barbara Walters that people would be surprised to learn that she was a good cook and specialised in desserts. Do you have a sweet tooth? That is one of my middle names.


Hey guys 😀 I’m happy to be back with one my favourite features and perhaps I’ll make it this week with another post. Thank you for sticking with me and I wish you a wonderful weekend!

-Demi xx

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“Saturday 9” No° 12 :: As Long As You Love Me (1997)

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Saturday 9: As Long As You Love Me (1997)
If you’re not familiar with today’s song, you can hear it here.

1) This video shows the boys in the band nervously await an audition. When were you last nervous?
Before getting on the plane from Romania to Germany. This happens literally every time I travel by plane. I always worry that I’ll be taken aside for a full-body check, that my luggage is to heavy, that I’ve forgotten something in my bags which isn’t allowed on the plane or that I’ll simply miss my flight.

2) BSB Brian Littrell was born with a congenital heart problem and had open heart surgery the year this song was released. Who is the last person you visited in the hospital?
My grandma, who is in a mental hospital because of Alzheimer.

3) Littrell had different health trouble in 2009. While working in Japan, he contracted swine flu, which caused the band to cancel several events. Have you battled a cold or flu this summer?
I’ve just got through a 4 days tonsillitis and now I’m healthy again.

4) When you feel a cold coming on, what’s your favorite remedy?
Normally I don’t see it coming, but I drink tea a lot, so I guess that’s the best prevention I take.

5) Brian and his cousin, fellow BSB member Kevin Richardson, are both from Kentucky and have been inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. According to their website, if you tour the Hall of Fame you’ll see exhibits that celebrate Kentucky’s contribution to American music. Do you enjoy museums? Or do you think they’re a snooze?
I LOVE museums, most probably because of my father. Every vacation we went on included at least a museum visit or sume sort of historical/archaeology site. I regret not going into Louvre and the Versailles; unfortunately there were extremely long queues and we should have booked a visit. It’s also very frustrating for me every time I go on a class trip that no one else wants to see or hear anything about the local history. I was definitely born in the wrong generation or I just have not yet met “the right people”.

6) BSB Nick Carter was named one of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People in the World.” Who is someone you think is especially gorgeous?
I’m soo not going to choose just one person, because I beauty in a lot of people and sometimes it might be the smile, eyes or a dimple that makes me like him. So, all of you ladies (and guys #NoJudging) here are some men that are easy on the eyes.

I could keep adding more and more, but I don’t want to be too annoying 😀 😂

7) This spring Nick became a father for the first time. Is anyone in your life expecting a baby this year?
One of my cousins gave birth 2 weeks ago, a teacher in my school is going to sometime this year… other than that none.

8) The band has been involved in ongoing litigation with their first manager, saying he had been dishonest with them about how much they had earned. Tell us about someone you trusted, but shouldn’t have.
I’ve mentioned before about my former best friend, who lied and hurt me. I’m better now with less friends and more books!

9) The band’s record-breaking 1999 tour was sponsored by the Sears department store
chain. Sam remembers the twice-a-year shopping trips to Sears — spring and fall — with her mother to update Sam’s school wardrobe. What’s the last article of clothing you bought?
A pair of light blue Nike shorts.

I wish you a wonderful and warm weekend and thank you for reading!

-Demi

“Saturday 9” No° 11 :: Papa, Don’t Preach (1986)

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Saturday 9: Papa, Don’t Preach (1986)
If you’re not familiar with today’s song, you can hear it here.

1) Madonna has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. Do you have any of her songs on your iPod/mp3 player/phone?
Frozen and Like A Prayer, but I listen to Amazon Prime Music on my phone and she comes with some other songs too.

2) When she first arrived in New York in search of fame and fortune, Madonna supported herself by working at Dunkin’ Donuts. What did you order last time you were at Dunkin’ Donuts?
I don’t even remember when that was. I know I only went once in one of them in Frankfurt.

3) Madonna and her first husband, Sean Penn, ended their marriage on New Year’s Eve, 1988. Sam’s New Year’s Eves are never that dramatic. What about you? Do you have any vivid New Year’s Eve memories you’d like to share?
The only vivid memory is from the last New Year’s Eve. I spent it with a couple of friends, we ate pizza, played some drinking games and watched 2 or 3 movies. It was fun. Oh and we lit a lot of fireworks. 😀

4) Madonna admits she suffers from brontophobia, aka the fear of storms. Are you scared of thunder and lightning?
Not at all. I do know they’re dangerous and what do to to keep myself safe from them, but I like watching them from far away.

5) Onstage during the 2015 Coachella fest, Madonna shocked the audience by planting a kiss square on the lips of much-younger rapper Drake. What’s something that surprised you recently?
That there’s still some pure goodness in some people (I talked about a shop owner I met recently, here)

6) More recently, Madonna was at the center of a controversy because Prince fans didn’t like her tribute at the Billboard Music Awards. They made themselves heard on social media. Was your last Facebook post or Tweet positive or negative?
The last thing I posted on Facebook was actually a shared video of Jensen Ackles singing a Christmas song. In April. (here’s a link to the full video, Jensen comes in at 4:12 and starts singing at 7:02, if by minute 9, you’re not convinced I don’t know what else to say)

7) One of the things Sam’s papa preaches about is car maintenance. He reminds her to check her car’s air filter regularly, because a dirty filter can reduce mileage. Share your own car maintenance tip with us.
I don’t have any advise to share yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I’ll have one.

8) When she was growing up, Sam’s father was often away on business. He always remembered to bring back the complimentary shampoos, conditioners and lotions from the hotels where he stayed. When will you next stay in a hotel (or motel, bed-and-breakfast or Airbnb room)?
Between the 4th and 8th of July in Croatia.

9) To celebrate Father’s Day, Sam is giving away her father’s favorite candy: LifeSavers. Would you prefer a roll of Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint?
Winter Green sounds interesting, but I’ve never heard of this candy so I don’t know if it’s the one that would taste better for me.

-Demi

“Saturday 9” No° 10 :: I Dream of Jeannie Theme (1965)

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Saturday 9: I Dream of Jeannie Theme (1965)
If you’re not familiar with today’s song, you can hear it here.

1) Jeannie was memorably discovered on the beach in an ornate bottle. Have you ever brought a souvenir home from the beach? (It doesn’t have to be a genie. A shell or a stone will do.)
The time has come for people to learn the truth about me (actually I’ve mentioned it before that I’m a collector of everything and it shouldn’t come as a surprise any more). I’ve been collecting stones and shells from all beaches I’ve been to (I would only take those that are bigger and have strange forms). I also collected sand from Geelong Beach, Australia.

2) Major Anthony Nelson, the man who released Jeannie from her bottle, was an astronaut. When you were a kid, did you dream of being an astronaut when you grew up?
Not, as far as I remember. I think it’s more of an American thing that children are so fascinated with astronauts. I wanted to become an archaeologist because of a TV show I was watching, Tutenstein.

3) Upon discovering Jeannie, Major Nelson’s first wish was that she could speak/understand English so they could communicate. If you found a genie, what would your first wish be?
That he/she would be freed from the lamp.

4) Major Nelson’s best friend was fellow astronaut Major Healey. Where did you meet your best friend?
5th grade. We were in the same class.

5) This theme song was written by Hugo Montenegro, who is better known for the music he wrote for a pair of Clint Eastwood movies (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars). Do you have a favorite Clint Eastwood movie?
I’m going to have to say I haven’t watched a single movie with or made by him. I think I’ll watch Gran Torino and I’ll definitely watch J. Edgar.

6) The last episode of the series was titled, “My Master, The Chili King.” What ingredients make up your favorite chili recipe?
I don’t make chili, don’t know what ingredients are needed nor I eat it so often.

7) Jeannie was played by Barbara Eden, who was born in Tuscon, Arizona. Summer in Tuscon can get very hot, with the mercury often reaching 100 F°. What’s your favorite season?
I prefer late spring, when the weather gets warmer, but not too warm, when the days start getting longer and it’s not raining.

8) Anthony Nelson was played by Larry Hagman, who went on to play the villainous JR on the popular Dallas. Can you think of anything else Dallas is known for?
Dallas Buyers Club. That’s all I can think of.

9) In the autumn of 1965, just weeks after I Dream of Jeannie premiered, St. Louis’ famous Gateway Arch was completed. An estimated 4 million tourists visit the Arch every year. Do you have any summer vacation plans?
I’m going on a class trip to Croatia for a week, 2 weeks in Romania alone and a week in Spain with the family.

-Demi

“Saturday 9” No° 9 :: Ode to Billie Joe (1967)

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Saturday 9: Ode to Billie Joe (1967)
If you’re not familiar with today’s song, you can 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.
Awful, rain, rain, rain and only rain.

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?
My brother, mother and father.

3) Young Billie Joe MacAllister playfully put a frog down another kid’s back. Do you see many frogs where you live?
I’ve never really saw any, but heard them a lot of times. My dad told me that one summer he was driving and the whole street was full of frogs, it was starting to get colder and the road was still pretty warm (I guess?).

4) This song made Mississippi’s Tallahatchie Bridge famous. What’s the name of a bridge in your neighborhood?
I know of some, but I don’t think they have a name or I just don’t know it.

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?
Unfortunately yes. My grandma on my father’s side. She is being taken care of at a special facility.

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?
Uff.. My parents weren’t even born at that time and besides The Twilight Zone I’m not really interested in anything from that time.

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?
Lately I haven’t really watched anything on TV besides news, but I think it was Romania’s Got Talent, live.

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?
I don’t have a driving license yet, but by the time I’ll be studying in Britain I’ll have it, so I’ll be able to tell then.

9) Random question: Which would you rather have more of — compliments or hugs?
I don’t need any as long as they are not truly meant.

-Demi

“Saturday 9” No°8 :: The Star Spangled Banner

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The Star Spangled Banner, as sung by Whitney Houston. (from the archives)

1) Are you a veteran? Are there veterans in your family? Do you know anyone who is active military? (We are grateful and want to hear about it.)
My parents’ generation was the last that had compulsory years of military training. Other than that, we’ve got a family friend that went to Afghanistan to train police officers.
2) Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. What’s your favorite picnic food?
I’ve never done a traditional ‘the-way-you-see-in-movies” kind of picnic. We do a lot of barbecues and my favourite food would be grilled zucchini.
3) Let’s celebrate the Memorial Day holiday with ice cream. What’s your favorite flavour? Cone or cup?
Chocolate in cup.
4) This marks the weekend when Americans step up their outdoor activity and do things they may not have been able to do during the winter months. For example, when is the last time you rode a bike?
Pff… Last summer I think.
5) Or went hiking?
2012 in Turkey. I’m not really into hiking.
6) Or rode a horse?
Never.
7) Or toasted a marshmallow?
I can’t remember. My mum doesn’t like them, so we don’t buy them for a bbq.
8) As you answer these questions, is there an air conditioner or fan on?
No. There are only 24°C (75°F) and I think it’s even colder in my room. As I put on a sweater I can see my neighbour from across the road preparing to get in the pool.
9) Crazy Sam needs your help: What song or a performer would you like to see featured in a Saturday 9 this summer? You’ll begin seeing your suggestions as Saturday 9 themes in mid-June. Thanks!
Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne, Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Charlie Puth… etc.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and good weather!
-Demi

“Saturday 9” No°7 :: What Hurts the Most (2006)

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As always thank you Sam for the song choice! 🙂 I didn’t know this song before, but it’s my “type”, so this time I also thank you for introducing me to a new band I’ll definitely love from now on.

Saturday 9: What Hurts the Most (2006)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) What hurts Sam the most is her sole, since she just found that earring she thought was lost by stepping on it with her bare foot. How about you? Any aches and pains to report?
There has been an “incident” with a glass candle holder in my room and I accidentally stepped on splinter.
2) What’s the last thing you misplaced? Did you find it?
My iPod. I found it 3 months later in a bag full of loom bands. I still don’t know why it ended up there.
3) Lead singer Gary LeVox sings that he’s not afraid to cry. When is the last time you shed a tear?
Two nights ago. I watched Captain America: Civil War and there was a very emotional scene with Tony Stark aka Iron-Man.
4) Gary auditioned for another country group, Little Big Town, but didn’t get in. Considering how successful Rascal Flatts has been, he’s probably not sorry. Tell us about something you thought you wanted, but later weren’t so sure.
Clothes. All the time 😂. When I get come I “realise” I already have a lot of clothes and actually don’t need any more.
5) The country group has their roots in Columbus, Ohio. What else is Ohio known for?
🙈 I wish I knew, but as mentioned before I’m not very familiar with general knowledge of America.
6) Lead guitarist Joe Don Rooney married model and former Miss Georgia, Tiffany Fallon. Many major pageants give prizes in the talent, congeniality and swimsuit competitions. Would you prefer to have exceptional skills, a great personality, or a terrific body?
A great personality. It’s inside that matters.
7) 2006, the year this song was popular, was a very good one for tennis pro Roger Federer. He reached the finals in all four Grand Slam tournaments, and won three. What’s the last game you won? (Yes, Words with Friends counts.)
I think a card game, but I’m not sure. Lately I’ve only played multiplayer games, where you can’t really “win” or “lose”.
8) Actor Tony Shalhoub won an Emmy in 2006 for his portrayal of detective Adrian Monk on Monk. Who’s your favorite TV detective?
Sherlock Holmes from “Elementary” (I haven’t watched “Sherlock” yet, so Jonny Lee Miller is my favourite Sherlock until proven otherwise)
9) Random question … You’ve just won an all-expenses-paid trip but now you have to choose: Carnivale in Brazil, the Bordeaux Wine Festival in France, or the Running of the Bulls in Spain?
Bulls are life-threatening and although I like wine, I don’t think I want to go to a wine festival. It’s pretty obvious that I’d choose Brazil, but another reason would be that it’s very far from Europe and harder for me to reach (and more expensive than the rest).

-Demi