Sadje’s Sunday Poser — Listen Carefully

Sadje asks us today if we are good listeners. When I was a kid, I was a terrible listener. I really didn’t care that much about what other people were saying. All that was important to me was what I had to say.

But when I joined my high school debate team, my coach called me aside and told me that if I wanted to be successful on the debate team — and in life — I should learn to listen for understanding, not for rebuttal.

I took his advice to heart and it served me well, both on the debate team and throughout my life.

But now that I’m a septuagenarian, I don’t really care that much about what other people are saying. All that is important to me is what I have to say.

Who Won the Week? 04/18/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week’s Who Won the Week winners are America’s CEOs.Last year the U.S. economy in was in shambles due to the coronavirus pandemic, and around 8 million fewer Americans are employed now than in February 2020 before COVID-19 struck. Yet the median pay for chief executives at 322 large U.S. public companies, according to the Wall Street Journal, reached $13.7 million, up from $12.8 million for the same companies a year earlier. More than 200 of those CEOs actually got pay raises, with the median amount being 15%. Did any of you get a 15% pay raise over the past year?

It seems that America’s business bigwigs aren’t sharing the pain that most Americans have experienced over the past year. Some CEOs will take pains to point out that they took salary cuts last year as a show of goodwill. But salaries are just a small part of overall executive compensation. Stock prices factor heavily into many pay packages, and the market benefited from support from the Federal Reserve’s emergency policies and the government’s stimulus packages.

So greed continues to thrive and the rich get richer while many of the rest of us are struggling financially. But CEOs are doing quite well.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — Schoolboy Crush

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt Jim Adams has challenged us to choose a song that must contain a girl’s name in the title or the lyrics and that name must start with the letter “S.” When I was in high school I had a wicked crush on a girl named Sherry, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that when the song by The Four Seasons titled “Sherry” was released, it immediately became my favorite song.

“Sherry” was a song written by Bob Gaudio and recorded by The Four Seasons. “Sherry” was the band’s first nationally released single and their first number one hit, reaching the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on September 15, 1962. It remained at number one for five consecutive weeks, and was also number one on the R&B charts for one week. It was included in the first album from the band, Sherry & 11 Others.

In a 1968 interview, Gaudio said that the song was inspired by the 1961 Bruce Channel hit “Hey! Baby,” which, coincidentally, was featured just last week in Jim Adams’ A to Z Challenge post for the letter “H.” According to Gaudio, the song took about 15 minutes to write and was originally titled “Jackie Baby,” in honor of then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. At the studio, the name was changed to “Terri Baby,” and eventually to “Sherry,” the name of the daughter of Gaudio’s best friend, New York DJ Jack Spector.

According to Songfacts, in composing songs for The Four Seasons, Gaudio and the group’s arranger, Charlie Callello, analyzed the hot songs of the era, and tried to incorporate elements of those into “Sherry.” This meant big production, a girl’s name in the title, and a storyline where our hero is begging the girl to come out with him. They even got the Twist craze into the song, inviting Sherry to the “Twist Party.” The result was a very contemporary, commercial sound that provided a template for many future hits for the Four Seasons.

Frankie Valli’s soaring falsetto vocals were a big part of the group’s sound, and that was emphasized in the packaging of this song and the album, which was credited to “Four Seasons featuring The Sound of Frankie Valli.” By 1968, the name of the group was changed to “Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.”

Here are the lyrics for “Sherry.”

Sherry, Sherry baby
Sherry, Sherry baby

Sherry baby (Sherry baby)
Sherry, can you come out tonight (Come come, come out tonight)
Sherry baby (Sherry baby)
Sherry, can you come out tonight

(Why don’t you come out) (come out) to my twist party
(Come out) Where the bright moon shines
(Come out) We’ll dance the night away
I’m gonna make-a you mine

Sherry baby (Sherry baby)
Sherry, can you come out tonight
(Come come, come out tonight)
(Come come, come out tonight)

You, ooh better ask your mama (Sherry baby)
Tell her everything is all right

(Why don’t you come out) (come out) with your red dress on
(Come out) Mmm, you look so fine
(Come out) Move it nice and easy
Girl, you’ll make me lose my mind

Sherry baby (Sherry baby)
Sherry , can you come out tonight
(Come come, come out tonight)
(Come come, come out tonight)
Sherry, Sherry baby
(Come come, come out tonight)
(Come come, come out tonight)

FOWC with Fandango — Focus

FOWCWelcome to April 18, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “focus.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.