Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Reliving a memory.

One of the best memories I have of my childhood was spending time with my dad in the living room in front of the record player. We would lay on the floor for hours listening to music and singing all the words to the songs. I have loved to sing as long as I could remember, and my dad has loved to sing even longer than that. I remember my dad playing a song called the Dueling Banjos from the movie Deliverance. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000002KEL/102-4169640-2348938?v=glance&n=5174 This song really inspired me, along with this entire experience, to learn to play the guitar. Ever since I mentioned that I wanted learn to play, my parents were always really supportive. My dad and I always joked that he would learn to play the banjo and we would play together. I don't think he really knows how much that would mean to me to be able to play together like that! Maybe someday!

What great times we had! If it wasn't for him taking the time to sing with me, and teach me about different instruments and music, I am not sure that I would have learned how to play the guitar. Today I got to relive a little bit of this memory with my father. I got a new book of guitar music from the 60's and I had a few questions. So I called my dad. He got online and pulled up a bunch of songs that we used to sing together. So what do we start doing? Sing! He was at work, me at home and we just sang to the songs like we used to when I was a kid! This was so much fun for me because it brought back so many memories. My dad and I have always been able to enjoy this together and many years later we can still do this. I love that I have this connection with my dad. I hope that by teaching my kids to play the guitar and how to sing will help them to have great memories like this someday too.

11 comments:

Muncey said...

Hang down your head Tom Dooley....
Hang down your head and cry....
Hang down your head Tom Dooley....
Poor boy, your bound to die....

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Well, let me tell you of the story of a man named Charley
on a tragic and fateful day.
He put ten cents in his pocket,
kissed his wife and family,
went to ride on the M.T.A.

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We went one day about a month ago
To have a little fun Mexico
We ended up in a gambling spot
Where the liquor flowed and the dice were hot

So here we are in the Tijuana Jail
Ain't got no friends to go our bail
So here we'll stay 'cause we can't pay
Just send our mail to the Tijuana Jail

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Well, now, back to back, belly to belly, well, I don't give a damn 'cause it doesn't matter really, back to back
Belly to belly at the zombie jamboree.

Zombie jamboree took place in a New York cemetery (Where?) Zombie jamboree took place in Long Island cemetery.
Zombies from all parts of the island. (Where?) Some of them are great calypsonians. (Some.)
Since the season was carnival they got together in bacchanal. Oh, what ya' doin'?

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and I could go on.....

Becca said...

Okay, I'm not going to quote songs because your brother there wrote down a lot of the songs that I know really well- But I will say this: I've got some of those Kingston Trio records in my collection, come over and lets boogie. QUEENSTON DUO FOREVER!

Emily said...

What a cool bonding experience. My dad and I both share a love for the Grateful Dead. We've been to several concerts together and it's brought us a lot closer. Music is definitely "a good thing." :)

Sister said...

How could you leave out our favorite road trip son!

"When it's lamp lighting time in the valley. In my dreams I go back to my home. Oh, I can see that old lamp in the window. It will guide me wherever I roam."

Muncey said...

I was going to include the traditional family road trip song, but since I wasn't the one singing it over the CB Radio to the other cars in our traveling party, I figured that I'd let you bring it up :D

mommygoingcrazy said...

I am surprised that no one has brought up the favorite Christmas song.
"Tiny angels, Christmas angels
try to sleep. Don't let Santa hear the sounds of little feet."

Muncey said...

Well, if you're going to bring that one up then you have to also discuss....

Christmas was coming,
and Darcy the dragon
Was thinking what
he should do

Go through the forest
and into the village
To pick up a gift or two

Muncey said...

Oh and anything Bee Gees too!

Sister said...

In case your memory is failing you bro, you were also singing over the CB radio!

mommygoingcrazy said...

I have to agree with her. For the simple fact that when I lost my String Fever cd you copied yours to replace mine. So yea, I have to say that you liked just as much as the rest of us!
Maybe we should call grandpa and see if he knows who was sining on the cb. he was the one on the other end!

Muncey said...

I *may* have sung a couple of times but not nearly as much as my trio of Sisters.

Only because you all bought that Tape/CD when I was living in PA and we honestly haven't been on that many road trips as a family since then.

Well that and my singing usually ruined the entire quartet.