Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Groovy Reader of the Month: Lance Wiesmann
As a way to thank my readers for their support, I feature a new groovy guy or gal each month - and the winner of this prestigious title for September is Lance Wiesmann of Adrian, Michigan, whose comments I have enjoyed reading (and greatly appreciated) ever since he first began leaving them back in November 2008. Every week he always shares his selections of Groovy Tunes and Dinner Party guests as well as a few amusing opinions about his favorite Dishes of the Day. Lance describes himself as "a simple Midwest guy who keeps a pretty low profile" - except here on the Dish, which makes him pretty high on my list of groovy guys. Without readers like him - and their feedback - it just wouldn't be as much fun writing this blog. So thank you, Mr. Wiesmann, for your continued support and wonderful sense of humor.
Now I've asked Lance to get Deeper with us here on the Dish by answering a few pop culture questions:
My Top 10 Groovy Tunes of all time are (in no particular order):
1. Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better"
2. "Locus Iste" recorded by Libera
3. "The Summons" - a hymn by John Bell
4. ABBA's "I Have a Dream"
5. Almost anything by Karen and Richard Carpenter!
6. "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt
7. "I Have Confidence" sung by Dame Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music
8. "The Prayer" by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion
9. "Time to Say Goodbye" by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
10. "Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables as sung by Alfie Boe
This list is subject to change, depending on my mood... and is heavily influenced by my love of all things Christmas. Simply put, I am a self-described "Christmas Queen" and could listen to Christmas music pretty much year-round.
My five favorite TV shows of all time are:
1. I Love Lucy (don't we all love Lucy? The Vitameatavegamin episode still has the capability to make me cry with laughter! "Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular?")
2. Will & Grace (it was really the first "mainstream" show with openly gay characters that I remember)
3. The Weakest Link (I adore Anne Robinson! It's too bad that dry British humor was lost on the American public)
4. Keeping Up Appearances (Hyacinth Bucket is a complete scream! 'Nuff said)
5. The Vicar of Dibley (another British comedy. Dawn French is a phenomenal vicar! I would attend her church in a heartbeat - if it really existed)
Today I never miss a television episode of:
The New Normal (my newest guilty pleasure), Glee, Partners (although this one is taking a bit to completely grow on me), The New Pyramid on GSN, and Hot in Cleveland (Betty White is just divine as are the other three ladies).
A few of my favorite movies are:
Most of my friends are appalled that I (apparently) didn't get the "movie gene". I rarely go to see a movie in the theater. However, I do have a few faves...
The Sound of Music (I sing the lyrics to every single song!)
Steel Magnolias ("Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion!")
The King's Speech (do you think I have enough British-themed answers here?)
If I were asked to choose the Sexiest Man Alive, it would be:
Oh, this is so very easy! Hands down, absolutely no question... John Barrowman! I went all the way to England to see him perform live in December 2006. The very next week he married Scott. This made me both very happy and very sad... happy because he was taking a stand and publicly showing the world that it's OK - and sad because I would SO marry him (if he were available). A guy can dream, can't he?
If I could have anyone in the world - living or dead - be a guest at my dinner party, I would invite the following three people:
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Dame Julie Andrews and John Barrowman - Dame Julie, John and I would be singing trios together!
Sounds like a fun party. Thank you again, Lance, for being one of my grooviest readers!