Saturday, January 23, 2021

Sam's Saturday 9: Why Did I Choose You?

Saturday 9: Why Did I Choose You? (1965)

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

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

1) In this song, Barbra Streisand reassures her lover that, if she had it all to do again, she would still choose him. Tell us about a decision you've made that you never, ever regretted.
Going for my Master’s in Social Work.
I got my electrical engineer for my career, but I got my MSW out of love.

2) The music was composed by Michael Leonard, who studied classical music at Julliard and the Handel Conservatory of Music in Munich. Do you often listen to classical music?
Only one Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite.

3) The lyrics were written by Herbert Martin. He taught music in the NYC public school system and during the summer worked in summer stock. That's how he met and began collaborating with Michael Leonard. Tell us how you met someone important in your life.
They were my parents.

4) Ms. Streisand was a very good student, graduating fourth in her class at Erasmus Hall High School when she was only 16. One of Barbra's classmates was Neil Diamond. Do you have a favorite Neil Diamond song?
Here in New England it has to be Sweet Caroline, I think that they play this at every Red Socks hone games.


5) While she didn't go on to college, she continued her education by attending two different acting schools simultaneously. Did you enjoy being a student?
Not from Kindergarten through college but I loved graduate school, I guess that I grew up.

6) Barbra and her first husband, Elliott Gould, shared a New York apartment over a 5th Avenue restaurant called Oscar's Salt of the Sea. Elliott originated the role of Trapper John in the movie M*A*S*H. On TV, the role of Trapper was played by Wayne Rogers. Can you think of another role that's been played by more than one actor?
Bewitched. Darren was played by Dick York and Dick Sargent

7) Oscar's Salt of the Sea has ties to Sesame Street. Jim Henson loved their food and was amused by how inhospitable the owner, Oscar, could be. That's how Oscar the Grouch got his name. Which is your favorite Muppet?
I never watched Sesame Street, I was too old when it came out.
Well on second thought... Kermit. Everyone loves a green frog.

8) Back to Barbra... She is a successful recording artist (nominated for 45 Grammy awards, winning 8) and an Oscar-winning actress, but she's suffered career disappointments, too. In 2010, she read the book Hidden Figures and tried to buy the rights so she could direct the film version. She lost out to fellow Brooklynite, director Theodore Melfi. In 2016, his movie of Hidden Figures was released. Did you see the movie or read the book?
No, but it is on my “To Do List” it is just a question of remembering.

9) Random question: Your best friend takes up painting and proudly presents her first framed work to you. You think it's atrocious. Would you hang it in your home anyway?
Yes, I recognize that art is personal but it means something to a friend and I thing that I could find a place to show it.

Update: As I have been reading the other blogs I remembered that I bought a painting that I wasn't particularly fond of because it was a silent auction to raise money for a surgery he needed.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!<


  1. That's a lovely bit of music. I'm going to have to put listening to the whole thing on my to-do list...and then remember to do it!

    1. I ripped the sound track from the video and loaded the sound track on my smartphone

  2. Sweet Caroline and Bewitched are two things we agreed on.

  3. I need to look into the college classes you talked about at my blog one of these days. I love learning. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  4. We have similar to-do lists, it seems. I'm glad you liked Chef. He's hilarious. Look him up on youtube.

  5. I've got Sweet Caroline and Bewitched too!

  6. What a kind thing to do, buy a painting as you did.
    That's the thing with education. You get a degree so you can have a career, but your heart, like yours, needed something more complicated than any science. It's a pleasure to know you.