Saturday 9: Standing on the Corner (1956)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) In this song, four friends congregate on Main Street to look longingly at pretty girls. In your town, where is the best place for people watching? Walmart. Seriously. This is still a small town and while we don't really get "People of Walmart" weird, if you go to Walmart you are bound to see everyone you know sooner or later. Other than that, I'd say wait until August and then take in the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp. All kinds of people come to town by the thousands. (They turn up at Walmart, too!)
2) This song was written for the Broadway musical, The Most Happy Fella. Who is the happiest person you know? A guy I work with gets that honor. He is such a goof. He drives the rest of us crazy at times with his really stupid jokes, but he sure amuses himself and never lets anything get him down.
3) The members of The Four Lads met at Toronto's St. Michael's Choir School. Growing up, did you attend parochial or public school? I went to public schools and a private school, but it wasn't parochial.
4) The Four Lads always wore jackets and ties when they performed. Do you enjoying dressing up? Or would you rather keep it casual? Every once in a while it's nice to dress up and feel glamorous, but on the whole, I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl.
5) While this song was a hit for The Four Lads, they were completely overshadowed in 1956 by Elvis Presley and "Heartbreak Hotel." Who do you think dominates today's music scene? I'm the wrong person to ask about that. I don't really keep up with popular music the way I did when our daughter was still at home.
6) The Wizard of Oz aired on TV for the first time in 1956. Sam was never crazy about those flying monkeys. Tell us about something that frightened you when you were a kid. Well, the witch in the Wizard of Oz sure did. I wasn't crazy about the dark, either.
7) What scares you now? The thought of ending up old and alone or of something happening to one of the grandchildren.
8) Since this week's song is about pretty girls: 1956's Miss America was Sharon Ritchie of Colorado. Today Colorado has the distinction of being the home of more microbreweries than any other state in the union. Which are you most particular about -- your beer, your wine, or your coffee? I don't drink beer (with the once in a while exception of Corona) or coffee (as in never, ever), so I guess it would be wine.
9) Random question: We all have small, irritating habits, like soup slurping or not replacing the cap on the toothpaste. What's your nasty little habit? Biting my nails when I am stressed or bored.
Linking up with Sam & the gang at Saturday 9.