Saturday, June 18, 2022

Saturday 9: Yesterday

 Saturday 9: Yesterday (1965)

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

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

Chosen because June 18 is Paul McCartney's 80th birthday. [Yikes! He's eighty?]

1) Paul McCartney sings that yesterday all his troubles seemed so far away. Can you recall a time when your life seemed carefree?

After my second retirement.

2) He has always insisted the melody to "Yesterday" came to him in a dream. Did you dream last night?

No, I am more likely to hit myself over the head second guessing myself.

3) The lyrics were inspired, in part, by the death of Paul's mother when he was 14. Thirteen years later, he named his daughter Mary after her. Are you named after anyone? If you're a parent, did you name your children in honor of anyone?

I was originally named after our family doctor who was a friend of the family, my brother wanted to name me Roy Rogers, but it was poo-pooed.

4) Over the years, Paul has performed on bass, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and drums, but not the first instrument he owned: the trumpet. A present from his dad for his 14th birthday, he exchanged the trumpet for a guitar because, "you can't sing while playing the trumpet." Have you more recently a) exchanged a gift, b) donated a gift you didn't want to charity or c) regifted?

No, the plague got in the way. We haven’t had a holiday together since it began.

5) Paul grew up seeing how much his dad enjoyed placing a bet and then listening to the horse race from his favorite armchair in the living room, so he took his salary from making the film A Hard Day's Night and surprised his father with a racehorse. After father and son proudly watched Drake's Drum win at Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse, the horse retired to Paul's farm in Scotland. If money were no object, what gift would you give a loved one?

Well at our age it would be a chauffeur driver for my brother, he is five years older than me.

6) Paul is considered one of the world's wealthiest entertainers, worth an estimated $1.2 billion. This month, as he approaches his 80th birthday, he is winding up a 16-city North American tour, during which he performs 30+ songs in a 2 hour, 40 minute show. If you had all the money you needed, would you continue to work? Or would you kick back and relax?

I plan on now doing the work that I want to do and not what I have to do.

7) Paul first joined the Beatles when he was recruited into the band by John Lennon. They met as teenagers when Paul showed up at a church picnic where John's band was performing. Paul recalls pedaling over on his bike to hear them, his guitar flung over this back. When did you most recently ride a bike? 

Whoa… that is ancient history, maybe fifty years ago!

8) Paul met his first wife, Linda, at a London club and then again four days later when she was a photographer at a press party for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band. Think about one of your romances. Where did you meet?

I posted on Facebook that I was giving a speech at for the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunity at the Legislative Office Building in one of their hearing rooms and a friend asked if she could attend, I said it was open to the public. Afterwards we went out together for three or four months.

9) TV journalist Barbara Walters played matchmaker for Paul and his current wife, Nancy. During the summer of 2007, when Paul was vacationing in The Hamptons, Barbara repeatedly and intentionally invited them to the same parties and picnics. Have you had any success in a matchmaking scenario -- as either the matchmaker or one of the dates?

Naw, I am not a matchmaker but I am open to your efforts on my behalf. 

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!


Yesterday evening I was standing around talking to a neighbor and I got bitten around the top of my sneaker. Now when I walk the bites rub against the top of my sneaker driving me crazy with itching.

I tell you those biting insects take lessons on where to bite to make you crazy itching. Why else did they only bite at the top of my sneaker, they had my whole leg to bite but they on bit at my ankle.


  1. I'm glad your parents "poo-pooed" Roy Rogers as a name. I hate when people tag their kids with the name of someone famous, but then, I'm also not a fan of the whole "Jr" thing, either.
    I like your plan about work. I said sort of the same thing. Wouldn't it be nice to do the work we want to do rather than that which we have to do?

  2. Wow, Roy Rogers. That would have been some name to have to uphold. I am glad you are a point where you can do the things you want and not what you have to do.

  3. I always get bit on my arms...not sure why. I hope your bites feel better soon.
    Glad you did not get named Roy Rogers. hahahahaha Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  4. I'm with you on #6. I'd work as a library aide or a bookstore clerk.