Saturday, September 24, 2022

Saturday 9: This Night Won't Last Forever

Saturday 9: This Night Won't Last Forever (1979)

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

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

1) This song begins with, "Everybody likes a celebration." Do you have any birthdays or anniversaries coming up on your calendar?

Yes, birthday is in October.

2) The lyrics tell us Michael Johnson is stuck at a party while his heart is breaking. He finds it awkward and painful to pretend there's nothing wrong. Are adept at "putting a good face on it?" Or is it easy for others to tell how you're feeling?

Yes, I had over 70 years to practice "putting a good face on it?"

3) Michael feels like this is going to be a long night. Is there a part of your day when time tends to drag? Or when it flies?

At 3 in the morning as I toss and turn trying to get back to sleep.

4) As bad as he feels right now, he's still hopeful about tomorrow. What are you looking forward to for Sunday?

Well I’ll tell you what I am not looking forward to doing, driving back home. I have a doctors appointment on Monday.

5) When he was 13, Michael taught himself to play the guitar. He went on to take formal lessons and mastered classical guitar. What's something you would like learn more about/do better?

Well I was thinking about taking a photo workshop next fall that is sponsored by DownEast magazine, I’m pretty good with my camera but I think a class will have good subject matter.

6) For a time he performed with a trio known as Denver, Boise & Johnson. The Denver was John. Do you have a favorite John Denver song?

Country Roads, I bet you that this will be the song that most Saturday 9ers will pick.

7) He retired to Minneapolis to be near his adult daughter. But he never stopped performing entirely. For years he delighted loyal local fans with with an annual holiday concert on December 26 at Orchestra Hall. Is there a performer you've seen in concert more than once?

I am not a big crowd fan so the last concert that I went to was in 1974, it was a Grateful Dead concert at Dillion Stadium in Hartford.

8) In 1979, when this song was popular, the cable channel ESPN launched. What's the last sporting event that you watched?

Umm… Umm… I can’t remember but I have been at meetings across the street from ESPN at Connecticut Community Care. They have a huge campus in Bristol. 

9) Random question: Do you play Wordle?

Nope, I am horrible at word games. Forget Scrabble, forget crossword puzzles my brain just does do good with word games. It is not that I don’t have the vocabulary it is that I can’t connect the word with the definition. Or in the case of Wordle and Scrabble I’m horrible at spelling.


  1. Oh--the DownEast photo workshop looks amazing!

  2. I think the photo class would be terrific! Go for it!

  3. I think an October birthday would be a fun time to celebrate!
    I did not mention this on my blog, but do you remember the song Grandma's Feather bed from John Denver? We sang that song in choir in school. So funny. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  4. My mind sees patterns when I play word games or puzzles. Now give me a soduku puzzle and....nothing. My brain is not wired for numbers beyond the basics. My son's birthday is in October, too.

  5. I have to agree on the Country Roads. Have a great rest of your weekend

  6. #9 -- I recall reading that some of the best Scrabble players are engineers and architects because they see the board in math terms, not language terms. Sometimes a short word can be worth more points than a long one. I'd love to be able to look at it that way.

  7. Never to late to learn something new! Do you have two homes? I almost put down Country Roads.

  8. You must take that class. Having a great camera and being able to use it to it's potential would be fun! Lord knows we all need something fun to focus on.
    And I hope you have a Happy Birthday, Diana when it rolls up this month.