Saturday 9: Stand by Me
1) "Stand by Me" is one of the songs John Lennon did at his last public performance back in 1975. First recorded by Ben E. King, "Stand by Me" was also covered by Mickey Gilley and Otis Redding, among others. Can you think of another song that has been recorded and then re-recorded by someone else?
Ooh, Ooh, me, me!!!! This was included in a Person of Interest episode I just watched last night. My favorite re-recorded song EVER is "Hurt" written by Trent Reznor and originally recorded by Nine Inch Nails. In 2003 Johnny Cash released an album called American IV--The Man Comes Around. It has a version of "Hurt" on it that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. While the original version is good, Cash's version is eerie, full of gravitas, and fucking AMAZING, if you don't mind me saying so. Here, listen to this...
2) The lyrics say, "Whenever you're in trouble, you can stand by me." Tell us about someone you know you can count on.
My husband. Joe, I love you so much. He is my rock, my best friend, my love, and my biggest supporter. I've never had anyone in my life like him. He's a genius with a wicked sense of humor who treats me like a queen. And he cooks, too! What more could a woman want?
3) While "Stand by Me" was solo Lennon, John is best known as one of the Beatles. Which group do you listen to more often -- The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
I prefer the Stones to the Beatles. Maybe it's my age or something, but the Beatles are little too "pop" for me.
4) Lennon liked to tell how, when he and Paul McCartney were teens, Paul's father used to discourage friendship between the boys. Paul ignored his dad's advice and the result is the most successful songwriting partnership of the 20th century. Tell us about a piece of advice you're glad you ignored.
My old boss hated that I wanted to leave Florida (and her) to go start my life anew somewhere else. Her advice was to stay and "stick it out." It was time to sever our "marriage" of ten years and move on. While I had to suffer through Virginia, I'm so glad I eventually made it here to New Mexico. I don't miss Florida, being a DON, all of that. I miss her sometimes, because I'm not exactly loaded down with female friends in real life (umm, I have exactly, zero), but we needed a long break from each other.
5) John loved cats. When he was a teenager, he first met his favorite, a stray he named Tich, in the snow and gave the cat a safe, lifelong home. John was very proud that Tich lived to be 20 years old. Tell us about a pet who has a place in your heart.
I love my dog Ginger so much. Maybe because she loves me beyond reason. I don't know. She just makes me happy.
6) John unsuccessfully tried hypnosis in his quest to stop smoking. Have you ever been hypnotized?
I tried it once, and it seemed pretty ridiculous. I decided that it was bullshit, and never went back.
7) John has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. What Hall of Fame would like to see yourself in?
The Hit-the-Bottom-and-Came-Back Hall of Fame. I'd be OK with that.
8) John had a passion for slot cars and raced them on an elaborate track in his game room. What games or toys do you still enjoy?
I was never much of a toy or game kid. I loved, loved, loved my books. And that's still a lifelong love for me. I rarely download stuff to my Kindle, because I love to hold them, look at the covers, smell the pages. No electronic thing beats a book in your hand, at least to me.
9) John wrote about his jealous streak. What personality trait of yours do you wish you could change?
I am not a very good listener. I'm working on it...