April 27th, 2013
Saturday 9: Twist and Shout
1) In the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ferris climbs up on a parade float and enthusiastically lip synchs this song, encouraging the entire crowd to join in. Do you know the lyrics of “Twist and Shout” well enough to sing along? (Watch the impossibly young Matthew Broderick as Ferris here.) Absolutely! I couldn’t come up with the all the lyrics off the top of my head, but I’d remember them by rote if the track was playing.
2) What other Beatles’ song do you know all the words to? Most everything on the Sargent Pepper’s album, Paperback Writer, Come Together, Get Back, Let It Be, so many more. Paradoxically, I’ve never considered myself a “Beatles fan” but I love Beatles songs, counting many of them above my favorite. Weird, I know, but it’s how I set apart myself from someone like The Gal who is mad over Paul. It’s a bit like my relationship with Star Wars. I can enjoy it without it triggering the obsessive fan behavior other properties do.
3) 49 years after their American debut, The Beatles are acknowledged as having a lasting impact on both music and culture. What performers on today’s music scene do you think will be remembered 50 years from now? I don’t know a damn thing about today’s music scene. No really, I’ve heard a few things here and there, but not enough to have an opinion.
4) Paul McCartney is an enthusiastic advocate of the vegetarian lifestyle. Could you/have you tried to “go veggie?” Funny you should ask. I’ve been juicing for nearly a month along with a diet composed almost exclusively of unprocessed plant foods. After a few really awful days while my body kicked the refined carb habit, I’ve never felt better in my entire life. The number on the scale – or in my case, the Wii Fit – keeps dropping, but more importantly I’ve got plenty of energy, my mood is great and my all the dry patches of skin I’ve always had have cleared up. I never imagined I’d say it and I wouldn’t have believed it had I not felt the results for myself, but I have no doubt humans are healthiest eating pretty much the same as our primate cousins.
5) As a young boy, Ringo Starr suffered a severe attack of appendicitis and almost died. Do you still have your appendix? What about your tonsils? I still have both. My large tonsils are a likely contributor to my sleep apnea and should have been taken out when I was a kid. I’d love to get them out and likely will pursue it once I’m thin enough the doctors don’t blame my weight for my sleep apena. If anything, over the years, the effects of undiagnosed sleep apnea lead to my being overweight more than the other way around. The medical establishment just don’t look at me and believe I was an average size seven year old kid who snored like a cartoon bear.
6) John Lennon sketched and doodled when he was bored or nervous. Do you have any nervous habits? I pick at my finger nails when nervous. If possible, I drown those nerves with words be it reading a book or checking Twitter and Facebook obsessively.
7) George Harrison loved Hawaii so much he bought a 63-acre estate in Maui. Have you ever visited our 50th state? I lived on Oahu from the middle of my fifth grad year to a month into my eighth grade year. I can easily count those years as the best of my childhood, but that’s in large part thanks to spending almost every waking moment with my still-BFF Kate but the tropical location didn’t hurt. I’ve never been to Maui, but I have been to the Big Island of Hawaii and Kauai.
8) Yoko Ono was a polarizing character in the Beatles’ saga. Has any of your friends ever dated/married someone you just could not stand? Yes. Love is blind and also stupid. My friends could certainly say the same about me.
9) Paul has had dogs his entire adult life, including a sheepdog, Martha, and a black lab, Jet. John was especially fond of a cat named Elvis and a tomcat he found in the snow and named Tim. Tell us about one of your pets. It’s a little hard to talk about my cats. They are the worst part of what I lost when my life got all crazy and even though I will certainly have other cats someday, I’ll always love Eddie, Cubbie and Otis, plus the later addition Hobbes. The first three from the same litter and the first pets I ever had. From the beginning, I loved how each of them was completely different in temperament and personality.