Saturday, August 05, 2017

Saturday 9: Wouldn't It Be Nice?

Crazy Sam’s Saturday 9: Wouldn't It Be Nice? (1966)
... because Nonnie recommended the Beach Boys

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…
Hey! I will be home all day today, I was supposed to go up to a folk concert today but the rain changed our plans; we are going to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival tomorrow.

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In the video for this song, the Beach Boys dive into the pool with all their clothes on. Have you ever ended up in the water while fully clothed? If yes, were you pushed?
Yes and yes. But when I was a teenager we used to go flying down a farm road in an old junker and drive into a pond, haul it out with the tractor and dry the engine off then do it again.

2) In this song, Mike Love sings he wishes "every kiss could be neverending." Where did you receive your first kiss? Was it wonderful, or awkward?
Very awkward.

3) Brian Wilson was the creative force behind the Beach Boys. It's possible that the group's legendary and unique sound came from an incident of bad parenting. Brian's father hit him so hard with a wooden plank that he is deaf in his right ear. Which of your senses is sharpest -- sight, hearing, smell or taste?
Well now all my senses are going; sight – I got cataracts, hearing – I got tinnitus, smell – well that might be the only sense that hasn’t declined, and taste – my taste buds are not budding any more.

4) Brian's brother Dennis was the cutest member of the group, and also the only one who could surf. Have you been to the beach yet this summer?
Sadly we sold the cottage. However, in two weeks I am going up to Ogunquit Maine for the weekend with some friends.

5) Dennis was also the Beach Boys' most colorful member. In 1968, he struck up an unfortunate and dangerous friendship with Charles Manson. Is there anyone in your life that you worry has bad taste in friends/lovers?
Well… I knew a mass murder.
Hun? What? Tell us about it!
One of my classmates that I went to school together with murdered six people. He was in fifth grade through eighth grade with me, when I graduated from high school he was still in eighth grade. For a while he lived on the street behind our house and I used to see him around town, his nickname for me was Einstein. Then one day he and another guy robbed the Donna Lee Bakery which was a bookie joint.

6) Lead singer Mike Love is the grumpiest Beach Boy. He refuses to perform if the concert promotional materials refer to the group or their songs as "oldies." Does it bother you to hear the songs, TV shows and movies of your youth described as "classics" or "oldies?" 
Nope, I’m a “classic”

7) This song has appeared on soundtracks for movies as diverse as Shampoo (1975), The Big Chill (1983),  50 First Dates (2004) and It's Complicated (2009). Do you own any movie soundtracks?
Yes, dozens including Doctor Zhivago

8) In 1966, the year this song was popular, the Miranda Warning became law. Without looking it up, can you recite any of the Miranda Warning?
Probably, I watched many detective shows

9) Random question: The local college is pleading for models of all ages and sizes to pose for the life drawing class. Would you help the kids by volunteering to pose in the nude?


  1. Wow! "Einstein," you've got some stories to tell. (Though you have the right to remain silent ...)

  2. Wow, about your mass murderer classmate!! That's crazy. I guess someone has to have gone to school with them though, huh?? I don't see anyone wanting to pose in the buff yet, lol. It's on my Bucket List to go to Maine sometime. I hope you have a wonderful time there. :)

  3. I went to elementary school with a girl who went on to murder her adoptive parents. Pretty scary stuff ...

  4. Ogunquit will be bursting with tourists! I hope you have a lovely visit. Will you be seeing any live theater?

  5. What the Gal said. =o/
    Ah, a Classic. I'm that also.
    Enjoy the weekend!

  6. Holy crap! You know a serial killer! That would freak me out.
    Your answer to #1 sounds like something I would have enjoyed back in the day...and might even still. ;)

  7. Wow, riding the truck into the pond, that is cool. And a mass murderer story. My goodness!