December 4, 2020

Saturday 9: The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) 1966

Saturday 9: The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) 1966

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

1) The bridge that inspired this song is The Queensboro Bridge in New York City. Are you near a bridge right now as you answer these 9 questions?  No. The closest one is probably a mile from here.
2) Paul Simon says he "loathes" this song and only performs it because fans want to hear it. What's your favorite Paul Simon song?  Oh my, so many to choose from. I'm just going to go with the first 2 that came to mind...50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and Kodachrome.
3) "Groovy" is such a 1960s word. What common word/phrase from 2020 do you predict will sound just as silly and quaint some day?  I have no idea. I know I've had all this free time this year, but I've really not paid much attention to pop culture.
4) Paul is a lifelong Yankees fan and was thrilled to meet his all-time idol, Joe DiMaggio. Mr. DiMaggio was, at first, less than thrilled to meet Paul because he thought the song "Mrs. Robinson" made fun of him. Once Simon convinced him it was an homage, the men got along fine. Do you have a celebrity encounter to tell us about?  My mom and I walked past Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward on the sidewalk once. I met Toby Keith and shook hands with Bill Clinton...waaaaaay back in the day.

5) Art Garfunkle was the other half of Simon and Garfunkle. Art and Paul met in sixth grade, when were both in a school production of Alice in Wonderland. Tell us about one of your school theatrical appearances.  When I was in 5th grade my class had to put on two plays to have enough roles for everyone. I had a role in both plays. I don't remember much about them other than I was a queen in one and a secretary in the other.

6) "Artie" used to love needling Paul about his height -- or lack thereof. He maintained he was trying to be funny, but Paul thought is was mean and says the constant digs hurt. Is there anyone in your life who similarly enjoys teasing?  My whole family teases. If we like you we tease you...though I would never tease someone if it was truly bothering them.
7) Paul told NPR that his impulse to write new music has always come "in bursts." He'll go years without composing, and then he'll write every day for months. Do you often feel creative?  Much like Paul, it comes and goes. When it comes I can't ignore it. It's a burning urge.
8) In 1966, when this song was popular, First Daughter Luci Johnson married Patrick Nugent. Their reception was held at the East Room of the White House. The couple had an 8 ft. tall wedding cake and when the bride threw her bouquet, it was caught by her sister, Lynda. Sure enough, Lynda married a year later. Tell us about a wedding you attended (or your own).  The most recent wedding was our daughter's three years ago. It was late September and we had it in the field at my stepdad's farm. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding.

9) Random question: Which do you regret more -- the times you were cautious or the times your were reckless?  I don't really regret many things. I figure they all helped me get to where and who I am...though it took some time to get to that way of thinking. I guess if I regret things, they are times I was maybe too cautious.

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  1. Hornell was built on a flood plain and now, the Army Corp. of Engineers (since 1970) came in and now we are connected by, yeah, our whole town is connected, smiles. ANYWAYS---I enjoyed your answers. Have a great day, friend.

  2. You are right about working in schools and the kids keeping you up to date on things. You pretty much have to keep up to know what they are saying. It is the craziest thing.
    I do not mind when people tease with good or light hearted intentions. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  3. I am not a person who can be teased well. I take too much to heart.

  4. The kids keep me up to date on slang.

  5. Those two songs in your #2 are great ones! I didn't think of them. Fun questions and I enjoyed your answers, Stacy! Happy weekend!

  6. I'm a little out of touch with pop culture, too. The only culture that really stayed with me was the Counter Culture. I live in it.

    When you wrote that you met a celeb when walking past Paul Newman and Joanne Woodword reminded me that I met another celeb once in a bus depot in Hollywood when I was attending UCLA. It was so long ago!
    Enjoy the season, Stacy.

  7. My brother and sister-in-law live where the Bush's have their summer home in Maine and they always see them in church with the Clintons when they are up there

  8. Has it been 3 years already? Wow.
    Unfortunately, I'm like 'Country Dew.' Thin skin. I'd say it comes from being an only child, but no. Look at you!

  9. Hi Stacy, I am finally having a chance to blog hop. Cool celeb meet ups! I love how your daughter's wedding venue was set up. I like how kids are getting so creative. I forgot to say my husband shook hands with the Sr. Pres Bush back in the 80's. The only person that I didn't mind being teased by was my dad. I sure miss him! How is your dad doing. Happy Sunday!


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