On and On (1977)
Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.
1) This song describes the plight of "poor ol' Jimmy," who caught his girlfriend kissing someone else. Have you ever spied on a romantic partner? No. Not to say I haven't had relationships in which the other person did things deserving of being spied on, but I've always felt that kind of thing will come out on it's own if it's there. Why borrow trouble that may not even be there. Jealousy doesn't do anything good to the one who has it and can create problems where there aren't any.
2) In this song, Stephen Bishop sings that he "smiles when he feels like dying." When did you recently put on a happy face, even though you really weren't all that happy? I can't think of a specific time, but I try to do that all the time. I don't live in denial, but I try to look for the positive.
3) Stephen Bishop always wanted to be a musician, and as a child he began playing the clarinet. Did you take lessons -- dance, art, music -- as a child? If yes, did you take them because you enjoyed them, or because your parents made you take them? I didn't take any kind of lessons like that. I asked to take piano lessons and later dance lessons, but my parents weren't the sort to support that kind of thing with lessons. They were supportive of my artistic side and encouraged me, they just wouldn't throw money into it.
4) When he was 12, inspired by The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, he switched to the guitar and began writing songs. Tell us about someone or something that influenced your career path. Living in a wildlife preserve and growing up with a father who had a career in wildlife management made me want to work with wildlife in some way, but it was not to be. The only colleges that had specific majors in the field were either far enough away my dad refused to consider them or I didn't hear back from them. I went to a local state university and studied journalism instead, because writing had always come easily to me.
5) Stephen Bishop attended Will C. Crawford High School in San Diego. This school requires students complete 20 hours of community service every year. Tell us about an organization, cause or campaign you volunteered for, either as a student or an adult. I've been involved with several organizations, but one that touched my heart the most was a local pregnancy clinic. It helped young women/girls who found themselves pregnant and didn't have any help or many options. Many of the girls were, in truth, the dancers from the local "gentleman's" clubs. They were presented all the options a girl had and then supported them and helped them through whatever choice they made. If they chose to keep and raise their baby, they helped them with supplies and taught them how to care for their child. It wasn't a bunch of anti-abortionists screaming in the faces of scared young women outside of clinics. It was kind, loving people with actual help, solutions, and hope for the girls. They helped them find work and ways to support themselves other than stripping. I'm really sorry the clinic had to close because of a lack of funding.
6) In 1977, when this song was popular, Seattle Slew won racing's Triple Crown. Sam's mother has always been afraid of horses. Is there an animal you're uncomfortable with? Snakes. And I am waaaaay beyond uncomfortable with them. My fear of them is borderline phobic.
7) Also in 1977, moviegoers waited in line for hours to see Star Wars. What's the longest line you waited in recently? The checkout at Walmart. Last year our local store made about half the checkout lines self-checkouts, which are fine if you have a small order, but it is easier and faster to use a cashier for large orders. A majority of the people who go to Walmart leave with a cart full of stuff and with fewer cashiers, that means longer lines. Christmas was a nightmare.
I have begun to use online grocery shopping at times and I've heard the Walmart in a neighboring town has begun using the app you put on your phone to scan each item as you put it in your cart and pay on your phone. You don't even have to go through a checkout. I wonder how many people it will put out of work?
8) The mini-series Roots first aired in 1977. Today Americans are spending more time and money than ever to research ancestry. How far back can you trace your family tree? I don't know my biological father, so nothing there. On my mom's side it's been well researched. Through my grandfather's family we can go all the way back to John and Priscilla Alden on the Mayflower. On my grandmother's side we can go back to Swiss Mennonites who were given a land grant by William Penn, himself.
9) Random question: It's often said that nobody's perfect. How about you? What quality keeps you from being perfect? Only everything! And I'm okay with that.