Saturday, July 07, 2018

Saturday 9: Chains

So I am up at the cottage on Cape Cod that I just got in April with some friends and the neighbor came over with a plate of Wellfleet Oysters for us, what a nice way to introduce themselves. The oysters on a half shell were delicious!

Crazy Sam’s Saturday 9: Chains (1962)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The song is about a woman who is in love with her boyfriend, but still attracted to someone else. Do you believe a woman can be in love with more than one person at a time?

2) What about the male of the species? Do you believe a man can be in love with more than one person at a time?

3) This lyrics were by Gerry Goffin and the music by Carole King. Carole was a favorite guest of David Letterman's. When she appeared on his show, he often commented on how impressed he was by her firm handshake. She credited her memorable grip to time spent milking goats on her Idaho farm. Have you poured goat milk on your cereal? Eaten goat milk yogurt or cheese?
Oh you mean like Feta and Brie? Never any goat milk.
When I was growing up there was a goat farm within walking distance, most of the farms were dairy farms and he was the only goat farmers.

4) When it first came out, "Chains" was a favorite of 18-year-old George Harrison. It was at his recommendation that the Beatles added it to their early stage shows and even recorded it on their first album. When you were in high school, what was one of your favorite songs?

5) In 1962, when this song was released, epic movies were popular on the big screen. The Longest Day was three hours long, and Lawrence of Arabia ran more than three hours and a half hours. Today's most popular movies are nowhere near that long. Do you think the average American has a shorter attention span today than he did in 1962?
Most definitely.
The world is Twitter, a 280 character long.

6) In 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy went on a two-week goodwill tour of India and Pakistan. She received a ceremonial "welcome necklace" in India. Made without jewels or precious metals -- just beads, sequins and paper -- it was valued by the First Lady for its delicate appearance and craftsmanship, and today it's on display at the John F. Kennedy Library. Tell us about a piece of jewelry that means a great deal to you, and why.
My mother had a brass necklace, it was simply a brass cone with fine brass chains coming down that I kept after she died.

7) In Pakistan, Mrs. Kennedy made headlines by riding a camel. Have you ever ridden a horse, donkey, camel or elephant?
Not that I remember.

8) Also in 1962, the New York Newspaper Guild went on strike, so the nation's largest city went 114 days without a single daily paper. In 2018, how do you get your news?
I get the Hartford Courant electronically so that I can read it at the cottage.

9) Random question -- Complete this sentence: Before I go to sleep, I always check Facebook.


  1. That was a good comparison. Our attention spans are about as long as a tweet!

  2. How cool about your new neighbors!

    I bet if road an elephant, you'd remember. :)

  3. I've gotten sick of Facebook. I look at it about once a day but I rarely post on it anymore.

  4. Wow--fresh oysters! Nice neighbors!

  5. I LOVE that song you chose; it's such a beautiful one! And I agree on 1 and 2.

  6. My son sits and watches twitter all day long (even at work). He knows stuff before the cable news people announce it. I am really enjoying your photos too :)