January 7, 2022

Saturday 9: Moody Blue

Okay, I'm going to take a chance and play along with Sam and the gang at the Saturday 9, but don't hate me if I don't get around to visit everyone...or anyone. Ever since our daughter used my laptop on Thursday to download a resume for someone, it has been torturously slow. I have a feeling a trip to the repair shop is in the immediate future.

Cross your fingers I can get through this!

Saturday 9: Moody Blue (1977)

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

1) This song was recorded in the special studio Elvis had built in the Jungle Room of Graceland. During the pandemic, have you made like Elvis and worked from home?  No. For the first year and a half I didn't work. The job I have now is not one I'm able to do from home, though I do bring one client to spend time at the house.

2) Elvis sings that his girl is completely unpredictable. Which quality to you find more attractive: spontaneity or dependability?  It's good to be able to be spontaneous and fun, but flying by the seat of one's pants all the time would get old rather quickly, I think. In the long run, I'd rather have someone I can depend on.

3) He only performed the song once in concert. In February 1977, shortly after the record was released, Elvis sang "Moody Blue" live in Charlotte, NC, but had to rely on lyric sheet. Crazy Sam can sympathize because she seems to forget passwords as soon as she sets them. Do you often struggle with your memory?  Mostly just when it comes to names. I've never been good at remembering names and now that I'm closing in on 60 I've noticed it's worse than ever. And it's very annoying.

4) "Moody Blue" was the final hit of Elvis' lifetime, only getting to #31 in the US but reaching #3 in the UK. What's your favorite Elvis song?  It's a tie between


5) We're focusing on Elvis this week because January 8 would be his 87th birthday. He enjoyed celebrating his birthday by renting the Memphis movie theater and watching the latest movie with an invited group of friends. What's your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?  Hmm...I don't know. My family wasn't one for making a big deal of birthdays and I don't think Tim's was, either, because doesn't pay much attention. Dinner with friends and family or going somewhere would be good, I think.

6) For his 11th birthday, young Elvis asked for a rifle or a bicycle. His mother deemed the gun too dangerous and the bike too expensive and instead gave her son his first guitar. Tell us about a memorable birthday from your youth.  The only one I remember was the white and lime green Schwin Stingray bike I got for my 7th birthday. It had the high handlebars, a sparkly green banana seat, and sparkly white and green streamers on the handlebars. I loved that bike! I have tried to find a picture of it online, but have never found anything close. It must have been some sort of special edition or promotional thing because it was not part of Schwin's regular line.

7) Elvis loved horses and kept them in the stable at Graceland. His favorite was a palomino named Rising Sun. To honor both horse and rider, Elvis' daughter has always kept a palomino in the stable whose name includes "sun." The current resident is Tuscan Sun. Known as "Tucky," he's lived at Graceland for more than 20 years now and is a favorite of Alene Alexander, who maintains the stable and reports he has "attitude and knows he's prettier than everybody else." Tell us about an animal who holds a place in your heart.  While I love our current pets, Daisy and Jasper, the one who will always be the one was our Beagle/Basset Hound mix, Elvis ('cause he wasn't nothing but a hound dog). There was something special about him. He had such a calming, comforting effect on everyone. If we had known what to do, he would have been an amazing therapy dog. I know I cried gallons of tears on his soft ears and our daughter credits his presence with keeping her from totally giving in to despair during her late teens and early 20's. I agree that he did. We were devastated when we lost him.

8) Throughout his life, Elvis had trouble sleeping. As a preteen, he was a sleepwalker. As an adult, he battled insomnia. Is sleep an issue for you?  It never used to be, but for the last 10 years or so it's been rare that I sleep more than 6 hours a night. It doesn't matter how tired I am, I just can't sleep longer. In the last 2-3 years I've started having trouble falling asleep to begin with and usually take a sleeping pill that sometimes helps, sometimes doesn't.

9) Random question: Do you wear your shoes in the house?  No. I always wear slippers in the house. To my dismay my husband tends to wear his work boots in the house if he's going to be in and out rather than tying and untying them. It's an annoyance...especially during wet, muddy seasons.


  1. Hi Stacy. This was a fun and interesting post. I learned something about Elvis and you! I always take my shoes off at home too. The older I get, the more I appreciate dependability. I had a Schwinn bicycle too - I think I got it for my 7th birthday as well. It was NOT a stingray style, even though that is what I asked for. I was a little disappointed, but it had a basket and a bell and I rode it a lot. I think it was pink and white. Good memories. I hope you have a good Saturday. See you again soon!

  2. "Bossa Nova Baby!" I forget that song because I wasn't crazy about the movie it's from. But it's a fun song. If Elvis had trouble with the lyrics of "Moody Blue," I bet "Bossa Nova Baby" gave him conniptions.

    Your Elvis had the most empathetic eyes!

  3. UGH those boots would drive me nuts. I hope you have a beautiful day, smiles.

  4. #3 I am face blind, one time I stood in line behind a friend and I didn't recognize her.

  5. Your Elvis has the most compelling eyes--what a sweet face.

  6. I think people make way more of a big deal out of birthdays than when we were kids.
    My bike for my birthday was my big memory too. I loved mine as well.
    Your Elvis sounds so special. He was a handsome dude too like the other Elvis. :)
    Ditto #8 for me. It has just started for me, and it drives me crazy. I like to sleep. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.


  7. Gosh, I think I have loved all my doggie's. Each one has a special personality that warms my heart. Can't pick just one. I get so attached to all of 'em even the ones that drive me nuts sometimes. *lol*
    I've never been an Elvis fan but his "Cold Kentucky Rain" is pretty good. Sad song, of course.
    I enjoyed your answers.
    Blessings. xx

  8. Your Elvis looks so content in that picture. It is heartbreaking when they leave us. My first job was at a toy store. I bought a sting ray bike and my brother used it. He left it out and it got stolen. I was so mad at him. Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Your Elvis looks happy. I received my bike at Christmas. Birthdays weren't celebrated so much really. My husband used to track stuff in the house constantly, but after he had his foot operated on and realized that I didn't get so sick with him constantly tracking hay and dirt inside, he's gotten much better about taking off his shoes. I am very glad because I hated having to constantly sweep up after him.

  10. I enjoyed your answers and welcome another friend who has trouble with names. Nice to not be alone. Your birthday bike sounds extra special!! Have a great Sunday! We have our first church potluck since covid shut us down nearly two years ago. Looking forward to it! xo

  11. That bike sounds amazing. I always wanted one of those!


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