Music has always been a part of my life. Can you hear
a song and it transports you back to another place or another time? I love to hear
old tunes and remember. I hope you will enjoy the songs and the memories
Click on the song titles to hear these old tunes...some have
the lyrics...so Sing A Long!!!!
My Mother played "Beautiful Ohio" on the piano and she tried to teach me to play it. Mother had a
very heavy right hand on the piano and as kids we used to dread it when she sat down to
play. I remember Dad put her piano in the big barn out back when we lived on
Shunpike Road in Cambridge New York. Peace at last.
|One of my Dad's favorite groups was the Mills
Brothers, a black quartet with fantastic harmony. "Glow Worm" and
"Cab Driver" were
probably their best.
In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first (?)
movie, "Love Me Tender
We had only seen Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show so when the movie
came to the theatre in Salem, NY, we had to see it. It was a school night but Mother
took me and my sister and two classmates in the old station wagon to Salem, about 15 miles
north of Cambridge. After the movie, we were all in love with Elvis!
Apparently he had some effect on Mother, too. She tried to leave by way of the Men's
Room instead of the Exit!!!
My Grammy had a sister, Ruth, a widow who
lived in Bennington, Vermont. If my Mother and Father we planning a late night, Aunt
Ruth spent the night. I think Aunt Ruth was a frustrated vaudevillian but boy, was
she fun! She would teach me, Susan and Nancy a song and dance routine. No
matter what time our parents got home, we were up and ready to perform. Our
repertoire included "Darktown Strutter's Ball" ,
the Jack", "By
the Light of the Silvery Moon"
|My Grammy introduced me to Ragtime,
Roll Blues") Dixieland ("Yessir,
that's My Baby") and the Gay '90's ( "And the Band Played On"),
Daisy") music. Even though, she had one "gimp" leg she could cut
a rug. "Charleston"
She and Aunt Ruth taught me how to Charleston, too.
"I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister
In my High School days, we used to walk every
where. The trip from our house to the town limits was probably a mile and then about
2 miles down Main Street, Cambridge New York. My friend Mary Williams and I would
sing and "harmonize." We did it so often that the towns people would start
singing with us. Our favorites were "Peg of My Heart"
and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"
Another music memory comes with the song "Alley
Cat". My Uncle Art was a very big man. He probably was 6' 5" and
weighed over 250 pounds. That man could dance. He taught us the motions to
"Alley Cat". It was a lot of fun...mostly watching Uncle Art do it.
Uncle Art taught me how to waltz. He always told me to make believe that I was a
princess dressed in a beautiful ball gown with a great big sweeping skirt, hold
the skirt with one hand, head up, shoulders back and FLOAT!
Were the Only Girl in the World"
Please visit "Put
Another Nickel In"
for LOTS of sing along songs.