Saturday 9: I Don't Know How to Love Him (1971)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) This song is from Jesus Christ, Superstar. Though now a beloved classic, the play was controversial when it first premiered. Can you think of something else that originally made people uncomfortable, but went on to be accepted? I remember when MTV started and I thought it was the dumbest idea ever. Shows what I know. I would also say "gay marriage" which is now accepted in some places, not in others (may it eventually be accepted everywhere)
2) Jesus Christ, Superstar was originally developed as a "concept album," a collection of songs written to sequentially tell the story of The Crucifixion and Resurrection. Do you remember the first album you bought? Did you download it, listen to it on a CD player, your cassette deck, or record player?
I think the very first record (because I am old) that I bought was the soundtrack to the movie Calamity Jane, with Doris Day. I remember it wasn't even a 12" record, but a 10" record. In those days you could go into a record store, choose a record and take it to a listening room, where you could play it and decide if you wanted to buy it or not. I wonder when they stopped having those rooms.....
3) When the album's songs were performed live in concert at the Pennsylvania Civic Arena, producers decided to stage it as a play and the rest, as they say, is history. Tell us about a really good idea you've had recently.
Best idea I've had in awhile is making a photo album for my mother. I came across one of her photo albums yesterday and transferred about 50 pictures into a little 4x6 size album, one picture per page. What a great idea. She looked through it and then again and then again. She must have looked through it 6 times, each time seeing it as something new. It gave us something to talk about for a good half hour.
4) Jesus Christ, Superstar is a truly international phenomenon. During a revival tour that began in 2011, it's been a hit with audiences in the United States, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Brazil, Hungary, India, New Zealand, Italy, France, Mexico, Chile, Bulgaria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Australia, The Philippines, South Africa, Panama, Colombia, Croatia, Bolivia, The Netherlands and Portugal. Besides the United States, which of those countries have you visited?
I am amazed at how many on this list: Canada, Britain, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, France, Mexico, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Czech Republic, Greece, Australia, Croatia, and the Netherlands.
5) Peeps are big sellers every Easter. Would you rather have yellow chicks or pink bunnies?
I would rather have chocolate than peeps I am not a fan of peeps
6) Jelly beans are also popular this time of year. One theory says they were introduced in Boston during the 19th century. What else comes to mind when you think of Boston?
Our daughter, for one, since she lives there, and Berklee College of Music, where she works. The Freedom trail that we took tracing the history of the starting of this country, clam chowder, Fanueil Hall, the original tea party, Rizzoli and Isles, Fenway Park, The "T," Boston baked beans
7) We've been talking a lot about sweets this morning. The only holiday that generates more candy sales is Halloween. When do you eat more candy: Easter or Halloween?
We traditionally had candy in the house when the kids were little, more on Halloween. Now there is no particular date around which we have candy.
8) Easter lilies will adorn many churches this Sunday. What's your favorite flower?
Roses, especially if they smell of the rose perfume, which most don't any more. I also love sweet peas, which you almost never see any more, and poppies, the state flower of California.
9) Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What makes you feel refreshed or rejuvenated?
A nice nap.