Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday 9: THE CANDY MAN

Sam’s Saturday 9: THE CANDY MAN (1972)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…

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

1) This song is from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. The movie was remade as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. Which Wonka did you prefer?
Gene Wilder, he was a natural for the part while Depp was not made for the part.

2) In the movie, this song is sung by Bill, the candy store shopkeeper. Think about the last counter person you dealt with. We know that he or she likely didn't break into song, but did you two engage in conversation?
No, she didn’t say a word other thank ask me for the store discount card. While on the hand her supervisor I talk to all the time… just small talk.

3) The lyrics tell us that The Candy Man can make the world taste good. What's the last thing you ate? Was it delicious, or just OK?
Stir fry, I had some pork ribs that had to used up before they go bad. So I cut the meat off the bone and marinaded it in teriyaki sauce and stir fry it with peppers and onions and served it over wild rice.

4) The most popular recording of this song was by Sammy Davis,  Jr. Sammy was in a horrific car accident when he was 29 years old. His cheek and nose were broken and he lost an eye. That he survived at all left him reflective and after his hospitalization, he converted to Judaism. Do you still worship in the faith you were raised in?
No. I was raised Catholic and they don’t like me.

5) Sammy was proud of the honorary college degrees because he received because never formally attended school. As a child, he performed on the road with his father and uncle. In addition to depriving him of an education, that lifestyle kept him from kids his own age. He would later describe his childhood as, "in a word, 'lonely.'" Give us a one-word description of your childhood.
I grew up in a bubble, I found out in grad school that I am dyslexic (that’s what happens when most of your professors are LCSW) and I wouldn’t doubt that I had some type of learning disorder.

6) Because he spent so much of his youth on the road, living on buses, trains and hotel rooms, he loved eventually having his own kitchen and being able to cook his own meals. This weekend, will you spend much time in the kitchen?
Nope, except for grabbing snacks.

7) Sammy enjoyed experimenting with clothes and jewelry. What about you? Do you consider yourself conservative in dress or are you fashion forward?
I am a conservative dresser,  I don’t want to draw attention to me.

8) When he died, Sammy was in debt to the IRS. Do you handle your own taxes, or do you use the services of an accountant?
No, I have professionals do it and they make mistakes. I had a letter from the state Revenue Services saying I owed  $5000! The “professional” forgot to file my state taxes… I owed nothing.

9) Random question: If you had to tell nothing but the truth (not even the tiniest white lie) for 24 hours, do you think you'd get yourself in trouble?
No but I would get a lot of friends mad at me.

I found this video of the Lawrence Welk Show's Gail Farrell and Dick Dale singing Brewer and Shipley's song "One Toke Over The Line," Somehow I got the feeling that they had no idea what the song was about smoking pot.


  1. Oh, that Lawrence Welk video is PRICELESS!

  2. It is easier to dress conservatively, I think. Like you, I don't want to stand out. But I do envy those lovely women in flowing skirts who wear wild colors and look like artistic hippies.

  3. Your stir fry sounds yummy! I also do not wish to stand out. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend!

  4. I am a trendy dresser. I think. I'm not afraid of color and pattern.

    That video clip is hilarious.

  5. That song was suggested by Bobby and Cissy who were also responsible for The Lennon Sisters (or should I say The Lenin Sisters) covering Nancy Sinatra's Sugar Town (and I think we all know what sugar means in the drug subculture) and accordionist Myron Floren's ethereal solo on Lawrence Welk's "Champagne" Band's version of Purple Haze.

    Shocking. My grandparents loved that program.