Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday 9

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Angel (1998)
... because Bev recommended it -- hey!  That's ME!!
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

 1) Sarah McLachlan wrote this song about someone she barely knew. She read the obit of Jonathan Melvoin, keyboard player for the Smashing Pumpkins, who died of a heroin overdose. What's the most recent news story that touched you deeply?
There are so many with this administration!  The transgender tweets touched me deeply, a video I saw this morning of Trump shaking hands with all the children except a disabled boy in a wheelchair who was right in front of him asking to shake his hand and turning his back on the child.  The recent slaughter of the son of Cecil, the great lion who was killed last year also moved and angered me almost as much as hearing the president today encouraging stronger police violence in arresting suspects. There are a dozen stories each day these days that touch me deeply.

2) Ms. McLachlan performed this in tribute to Linda McCartney at the 1999 Concert for Linda. She was expressing her hope that, in death, Linda found relief and peace after a long and painful battle with cancer. What do you think happens to us when we die?
Lord, I don't know, but if we aren't reunited with our deceased loved ones, I'm going to be pissed.  It's what I'm holding on to.

3) Daytime dramas General Hospital and As the World Turns used this song on-air after a major character died. Do you follow any "soap operas?
Not for years and years and, really, decades.  I used to watch 3 regularly (As the World Turns was one), but then quit cold turkey and have not regretted it.  The only thing I remember about any of them was that one character was always making bread and I, who made all of our bread at the time was frustrated because she never learned how to knead dough.

4) In 2007, Sarah donated her recording of this song to the ASPCA. Do you have a pet? If yes, how did you get it (shelter, pet store, etc.)?
We have two shelter dogs.  All of our dogs over the years, since 1967, have come from shelters (except one Sheltie, who was a gift from my cousin, who bred them).

5) She admits she can't watch those ASPCA commercials, where her recording of "Angel" plays over sad photos of animals. Is there a TV commercial that really gets to you (in either a good or a bad way)?
Stanton Optical, which has The. Worst. Commercials. Ever.  This is the most recent, and least offensive, though still bothersome. What is worse is that it repeats twice each time and runs many times a day.  I agree with this complaint I read:  Stop running this *** ad! It plays back to back every 5 minutes in Florida!!! I change the channel and hate your company for annoying me daily!!!!

6) In 1994, Sarah was stalked by an obsessed fan. Tell us about a time you were really frightened. In retrospect, was your fear commensurate with the threat?
I can't really think of any time except during the worst part of my freeway phobia, when I would be so terrified driving on the freeway that I drove as far as I could on city streets, rejoining the freeway only when I couldn't easily go any farther on city streets.

7) Sarah was adopted by Jack and Dorice McLachlan. Though she has a friendly relationship with her birth mother, she always considered Dorice her mother and sees herself behaving with her son the way Dorice did with her. Is there anyone in your family that you feel you resemble, either physically or by behavior?
I guess my mother, though I occasionally see my father coming out in me.  Lately, the more I struggle to remember things, the more I fear I am going to really resemble my mother ultimately.  As far as "behavior," it is interesting to read through our genealogy and discovr that many of my relatives on my mother's side have been writers.  My great great grandfather founded a newspaper and worked as its principal columnist for years.

8) McLachlan is one of the founders of Lilith Fair, a summer concert series designed to showcase talented female performers. Do/did your summer plans include an outdoor concert?
No.  Never have.

9) Random question: Which of these men would you most like to be seated with at dinner -- Clint Eastwood, Prince William or Jimmy Fallon?
Absolutely no question:  Jimmy Fallon.

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