Saturday, January 09, 2021

Saturday 9: All Shook Up

Sam’s Saturday 9: All Shook Up (1957)

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

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
Chosen because January 8 is the anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth.

1) In this song, Elvis shares quite a list of maladies: he's itching, his hands are shaky, his knees are weak, he has chills ... How are you feeling this morning?

I’m all shook up with this COVID thing, I can’t wait for when it is my turn to get vaccinated.

2) He also mentions being "tongue tied." The dictionary defines it as, "unable to speak freely, as from shyness." Do you often find yourself tongue tied?

Yes. Many of you know that I do a lot of public speaking and television news interviews but I do get tongue tied and talk in circles. The worst are live to tape interviews like the one that I did for a local Sunday morning state news show.
When I was getting ready to speak at the Women's March on Hartford CT
Added 12:10 PM

3) Even after he was wealthy, Elvis never lived away from his parents. At one point Graceland Mansion was home to four generations of the family: his grandmother, his father and stepmother, Elvis, his wife and daughter. Have you ever lived in a multi-generational household?

Yes, my grandmother lived with us for about fifteen years and then when my mother’s sister retired she moved in with us.

4) Thinking of family, Elvis Presley was a distant cousin of President Jimmy Carter. Both of their family trees can be traced back to the 18th century and Thomas Preslar (before the surname was changed to Presley in the early 1800s). Have you traced your ancestry? If not, is it something you'd like to do?

Nope, and nope. Rumor has it that we are related to Benedict Arnold.

5) As an adult, Elvis never wore denim (except for a movie role). That's because when he was in school, his classmates teased him for "dressing poor" in jeans and coveralls. Is denim a big part of your wardrobe today?

Most definitely.
Right now I have on a black turtleneck with a gold chain, denim skirt and jacket.

6) Before becoming famous, Elvis drove a truck in and around Memphis. Have you ever had a job that kept you behind the wheel most of the day?

In high school taking inventory of state owned equipment in high schools and we had to drive all over Connecticut in a state car.

7) In 1957, the year this song was a hit, the Allstate Mechanical Freight Set was popular, too. Kids would wind up the engine and watch it pull two cars and a caboose around the track. To enhance the realism, sparks would shoot from the engine's smoke stack as it rumbled by. Did you ever play with a toy train? If not, tell us about a childhood plaything you remember fondly.

We had a Lionel train table in the basement.

8) The best-selling book of 1957 was Peyton Place, a scandalous tale of life in a small New England town. Do you suppose there are enough steamy stories behind closed doors in your town to fill a novel?

We are a bedroom community people live here and work elsewhere so I imagine that there are a lot of steamy stories.

9) Random question: Can you do 10 push ups?
Ha, ha, that’s a good joke.

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. I believe the train I sometimes played with was a Lionel. I recall it was a commuter train, not a freight.

  2. You are all dressed up (in my standards). I never wear skirts anymore. You go girl! Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  3. I commend you for doing as much public speaking as you do. While outspoken in conversation, those are just the types of situations that leave me stuttering. I agree with Lori, you are dressed up! I think my daughter's wedding 3.5 years ago was the last time I had a dress on.

  4. I think you are terrific to do the public speaking you do.

  5. Steamy stories in bedroom community. lol Yep!
    I'm giving a LIKE to CountryDew's comment. I think it's marvelous that you do so many public awareness speeches.
    Denim was my go to for years before I got knee replacement. It's time to explore denim options, like the one you are wearing... I do have three denim dresses and love them.