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What Dad Taught Me About Music

What Dad Taught Me About Music

When I was little my Mother and both of her sisters sang. Mostly pop music from the radio. This was during the 40's so there was a lot of war songs, but two that I remember the best my Auntie Mell sang to me, Ole' Buttermilk Skies by Hoagy Carmichael and Rum and Coca Cola by the Andrew Sisters. After the war and Dad was home. Mother listened to cowboy music. And I mean REAL cowboy music not the popular kind. I loved it too. My Dad hated it. He said they sounded like they were singing through their noses with a mouth full of mush. Besides he liked light classical and easy listening music. We didn't have access to a radio station anymore so we played the cowboy music Mother had on records. I really loved When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold and the flip side Green Grow the Lilacs by Tex Ritter. Of course these two happend to be the two my Dad hated the most. When I was 9 we lived in Bishop, CA in a very small (about 15 feet) trailer. There wasn't much room to lay things. Very conveniently, Dad sat on the records he disliked the most, saying he didn't realize they had been left on the bed. Yeah right! Later we moved back to Riverside, a town where we could get radio stations. In the evening there was a program called Sunset Serenade that was on during the dinner hours, 5-8. It played mostly light classical. At this point Dad undertook to introduce me to his kind of music. I listened to Strauss waltzes, polkas and minuets. We got a couple of childrens record sets thatI remember very well. One was Bozo the Clown on the Farm. That was the first time I heard a opera aria, Il Bacio, sung by a chicken no less. I fell in love with it. We also got an album called Willie the Whale. The whale who sang Opera. It featured a tenor named Mario Lanza. The song I remember the most from that set is Figero from Mozart's opera the Marriage of Figero. I used to play Peter and the Wolf', a story told with instruments all the time. My all time favorite song I heard from this period in my life (still is for that matter) is from Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor. It is an aria called The Sextet and is sung by six people at the same time and all are singing different melodies. It gave me chill bumps then and it gives me chill bumps now. Music has been one of the great joys in my life and I can never thank my Dad enough for introducing me to a wide variety of music. Though I introduced to him to Mexican music a few years ago, which he likes.

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