6.19.2021 | Saturday

saturday 9: papa, can you hear me?

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Saturday 9: Papa, Can You Hear Me? (1984)

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

1) The song begins with a prayer to “God, our Heavenly Father.” Do you often pray?

Not in the traditional way. I’m spiritual more than religious.

2) This song is from the movie Yentl. Set in the early 1900s, it tells the story of a Polish girl determined to receive a religious education, even though the custom of the day banned girls from studying the Talmud. What subject do you wish you knew more about?

A better question would be what do I wish I knew less about. When I come across something I want to know more about, I tend to go down the rabbit hole to educate myself.

3) It took Streisand more than 15 years to get Yentl made. Studios initially rejected the project, telling her that audiences no longer want to see musicals. Then, because it centered on Judaism, she was told it was “too ethnic.” But Yentl was a success at the box office, becoming one of the most profitable movies of the year — and since Barbra was producer, director and star, she enjoyed those profits. Tell us about a time you’re glad you stuck with something.

Writing. There have been times when I’ve just been frustrated with aspects of publishing. But I love what I do, no matter what.

4) The movie, and this song, were so popular that they earned a parody on The Simpsons. (See it here.)  That video has had more than 250,000 views. Before the Yentl parody, what’s the last YouTube video you watched?

5) Barbra Streisand’s father died suddenly, the result of complications after an epileptic seizure, just after her first birthday. He held degrees in both English Literature and Education and was a school superintendent. Do you know anyone who made a career in education?

My grandmother was a music teacher, my dad had a side hustle as a criminal justice professor (he was a lawyer), my mom was a high school English and Social Studies teacher, and my son is in college right now to be an elementary school teacher.

6) Sam’s own father wasn’t an educator, but he is crazy about the local library. He’s there so much the librarians greet him by name. Do you have a library card?

I use my library so much that it’s like Cheers when I walk. The ladies there are AWESOME!

7) For family barbecues, Sam’s dad proudly dons his “Kiss the Chef” apron and mans the Weber. What’s the last thing you cooked on the grill?

My hubs is the grill master up in here. But my kid grilled last weekend, delicious chicken!

8) He takes his grilling very seriously and jealously guards his marinade recipe. Do you have a recipe you’re willing to share this morning?

I’ll share my hubby’s chili recipe! It’s so good. It’s on my recipe blog, which is neglected, here.

9) Sam’s father hates it when his daughter swears. What’s the latest curse word you used? (It’s OK, we don’t blush easily.)

Pierdolnij mi się. It’s Polish for “fuck me.” I swear a lot, multilingually.

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