This week's Saturday 9 song is Freeway of Love by diva Ms. Aretha Franklin. I love how songs can make memories come flooding back. The mid-eighties were a funny time.
1) In this song, Aretha's ideal car is a pink Caddy. What's your dream vehicle? I'm currently in the midst of making a decision about buying a new car or not. I've been obsessively researching. Unfortunately, the car of my dreams - the glittery brown Infiniti FX50 - is no longer being made and its facelifted 2015 version isn't as pretty as it used to be. Plus, it's SO expensive. But in my dreams, this is my car.
2) Have you ever owned a convertible? Yes! In high school I drove a blue mustang convertible.
3) Aretha longs to "drop the pedal and go." Are you a careful, conservative driver? Or do you enjoy going fast? My lead foot keeps me driving fast, but I am also careful. It could be described as efficient driving.
4) Aretha's grandmother Rachel helped raise her. Tell us about one of your grandparents. My maternal grandfather was a butcher for years. He and my grandmother owned a couple of grocery stores in Los Angeles in the 60s and early 70s. In the last few years of his life he got into horse racing. His horses ran at Santa Anita and Del Mar, as well as the Caliente track in Mexico. He passed away less than a year after I was born. I think I would have enjoyed knowing him.
5) Aretha played a waitress in the 1980 movie, The Blues Brothers. Have you ever worked in food service? Waitressed at Red Lobster in high school and bartended for about 4 years just out of college. I didn't like waitressing all that much, but really enjoyed bartending.
6) Aretha was a chain smoker for decades and had a terrible time giving up cigarettes. What habit do you wish you could break? Caffeine! Just when I thought I was out, it pulls me back in.
7) A sculpture of Aretha is at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in New York City. What's the last museum you visited? I'm a member at the Norton Simon in Pasadena and took in a visit over winter break. It is a fantastic little museum - my favorite in the city. I've never been to the wax museum here...it kind of creeps me out.
8) Since Aretha has many honorary degrees, it would be appropriate to refer to her as Dr. Franklin. Who is the last person you addressed by his or her title (Officer, Father, Pastor, Dr., etc.)? My school district's superintendent just retired in January. He is a Dr.
9) The daughter of a minister, Aretha enjoys singing "church music" and her 1972 CD Amazing Grace is one of the best sellers in gospel music history. Do you have any gospel music on your phone, iPod or MP3 player? There isn't any. I would't say I was a fan, but who doesn't like a good rendition of Amazing Grace?
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