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Minuet in G - Dad playing


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kristyjo

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I'm kinda late for Father's Day, but this is a recording of MY dad probably about 40 years ago (1968-ish). He was a decent piano player, and although he didn't play publicly, he played every day at home after he got done at the shop. He was a TV/Radio repairman, and did sound systems for community events on the side. This is him just noodling around for a sound test with his new reel-to-reel recorder. My sister found it and had it transferred to CD. My dad died of cancer 30 years ago, but this brings back memories as if it was yesterday he was sitting at the piano playing.
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Uploaded: Jun 18, 2007 - 02:27:30 AM
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2007 - 02:27:30 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 01:13:47 AM
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peacepiano said 4024 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
Your Dad
Your dad was a bit of an improviser :) He must have been fun to listen to. My dad didn't play any instruments, but he would listen to me bang away at the old upright we had. Thanks for sharing this tribute to your dad.
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kristyjo said 4024 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
an improviser for sure -
He'd often play children's songs for us, but then end them with a false cadence & walk away from the piano, so we'd have to beg him to sit down 'and finish the song right!' He was a real Floyd Cramer fan, and always added little flourishes & extra chord tones to everything he played. Thanks for listening!
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RickW said 4024 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
Fond memories
Thank you Kristy. This brings back fond memories of my own Dad playing "Fur Elise" and "Moonlight Sonata" on the piano. Sharing this recording is a wonderful way in which to honor your Dad.

God bless,

Rick
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kristyjo said 4020 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
Memories are great -
And it's fun to share the happiest memories with my firends here at MacJams. Thanks for listening.
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Rebsie said 4024 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
Lovely memories
What a treasured find, kristyjo! Your dad's playing is a real treat. He played with such evident joy in the instrument for its own sake, and with great competence.

I grew up listening to my dad playing the piano ... which I didn't appreciate much when I was a kid! I don't think he's ever bothered to make any recordings so I must make sure I do some next time he visits. A recording like this is something to cherish forever.
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kristyjo said 4018 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Yes - a cherished memory-
I'm glad my sister found this. There are some recordings of other things he played and a couple of us kids singing some songs, too. It's amazing how quickly hearing this, in particular, brings me back to old times.
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guitapick said 4023 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
Thanks, Kristy...
...although he wasn't a Horowitz or Hubie Blake, your dad could definitely play.

Wish I had some tapes of my dad from back then. You're very fortunate to have this.

Bob
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kristyjo said 4018 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Yup -
I don't think I really appreciated the memories until I had kids, and they started growing up to be older than I was when this song was taped. So many people I know don't have much of a musical background, so that makes me appreciate my dad's musicality even more.
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said 4023 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
perfect!
i can just see your dad coming home from a hard day of tv repair, putting down his toolcase, and cracking his knuckles on his way to the piano to signal an end to the Work Day and a beginning to At Home. his noodling is excellent!

i have an ancient tape of my dad playing Emil Dubec (?) in South Pacific from the 60s and singing Some Enchanted Evening in a ridiculous French accent, and with all its crackles and pops, i wouldn't trade it for anything.

what did he use his reel to reel for? thanks for sharing your musical heritage with us - that was special anne
said 4023 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
duh!
just read your explanation above re: reel to reel.
never miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind.
:)
kristyjo said 4018 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
We were lucky kids
to have a dad who played piano for us, and even luckier to have a recording of it. It sounds like you, too, had a dad who just enjoyed making music. Thanks for listening!
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Peter Bauckham said 4023 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
What lovely memories
I'm so pleased you shared such a personal recording as this. It's so nice to have a piece of history. Perhaps my son will listen to some of my recordings with fond memories some day...

Thank you for sharing
Peter
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kristyjo said 4018 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Someday-
I, too, hope my own kids will listen to some of the recordings I've made, and have some good memories of this time in our lives.
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Roxylee said 4023 days ago (June 19th, 2007)
This is cool...
How special that you were able to get a recording of your dad playing. :-) My mom could play the piano, but we don't have any recording of her except the ones in our memories. Thank you for sharing this personal treasure with us. :-)
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kristyjo said 4018 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Thanks, Roxy,
I'm not surprised that you came from a music-loving family. As you pointed out, the 'recordings' in our memories are the most precious, and the most immediate. Still, it's really great to have found this recording, and great that my sister took the time to get it made for us all.
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Feter said 4023 days ago (June 19th, 2007)
Minuet in G
what a gorgious playin ..so
joyfull and so awesome ...
the sound realy brought the idea
of the decent sound of that 60s
I msure this is special to you
and sure its realu special with
such joy in it ...thank you for
sharing this here ...its a gem !
a very nice tribute peace to you and yours !!
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kristyjo said 4018 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Feter -
Thanks for listening. Yes, this does bring me joy and wonderful memories.
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composerclark said 4021 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
Wow!
Wow! This is a great thing to have, and it shows your dad was indeed a very musical player, with a good sense of fun. Love the noodly chords at the end!
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kristyjo said 4017 days ago (June 24th, 2007)
Thanks for listening
The noodly chords were kind of his trademark. He definitely had his own style.
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Scott Carmichael said 4020 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
too cool
It's obvious that you came by your gift honestly... I learned to play guitar off my fathers uke... I'd give anything to have a recording of those days... sigh


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kristyjo said 4016 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
It's interesting-
that a family's musical influence figures so strongly in so many of our lives. I'd love to hear you playing that uke!
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Enrique Gil said 4019 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Ah the memories!
Your Dad sounds just like mine. He is now 87 and grew up as an orphan for a few years. Even if he never took formal piano lessons, he could play by ear and improvise, like his sister (she died), and brother who used to sing in Mass, even if he was not catholic! His favorite piece to this day is Poet and Peasant. He wanted to give me what he did not have and still remember playing this piece as a child. When I learned a piece well, he would sit down and listen and give me a dollar for a piece well played. I can only imagine what memories this recording evokes on you when you listen to it. Thank you for sharing!
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kristyjo said 4016 days ago (June 25th, 2007)
I'm glad you had a chance to listen!
My dad actually did have piano lessons. My grandmother told me that he never wanted to play what was written on the page - he just wanted to make things up, and it drove his piano teacher crazy! nevertheless, although he didn't make a profession out of music, playing the piano was an important part of his day. My son, who is 16, was given a chance to quit piano lessons when he went into High School, but he continues, and sits down to play the piano just for fun every day, too. (He doesn't however, always practice the current lesson material.) I hope he takes that with him into adulthood.
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John Stebbe said 4018 days ago (June 24th, 2007)
What a gift!
Kristy, I'm sure you are very glad that you kept this recording. This is really priceless.

He was very talented! He could play it straight, or add his own ornaments at will. Very good ear, and very facile. That chromatic thing at the end seems to be a little clue to the world, that, "I can make this piano do what I want!"

This track brought a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing.
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kristyjo said 4014 days ago (June 27th, 2007)
Thanks for listening, John
It is interesting that my dad enjoyed classical music very much, and played it a lot on the stereo, but was also such a big jazz and 'new country' fan. I think he kind of melded everything together when he played the piano.
PS I'll be looking for that new CD soon on iTunes & CDBaby.
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Moviz said 4005 days ago (July 7th, 2007)
I called here...
because as yet we hadn't crossed paths until you kindly called on me, but I'm so pleased that I did to hear this piece. In your answers to the others you paint a very clear picture of your childhood with your Father and I can practically see you all sat on the floor or standing listening to him. A lovely 'natural' experience, Thank you, M
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kristyjo said 4004 days ago (July 7th, 2007)
Isn't it great -
that we can cross paths at all - me being on a whole other continent, and all. I'm glad you were able to listen. As much as I enjoyed posting something from my dad, however, I'll have to start writing and cleaning up some things of my own to post, too. I'm lacking discipline in my 'hobby life' and need to get some of that back. Thanks for the comments!
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elvira said 4003 days ago (July 8th, 2007)
What a delight!
Wow, he was really good. I very much enjoyed this. How wonderful that he recorded some of his playing. He sounds like he was a very cool guy.
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kristyjo said 4003 days ago (July 8th, 2007)
Yes - a cherished memory-
I don't think he really intended to make a recording for posterity, but all of us kids are glad it ended up that way. Thanks for your comments.
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Schello said 3981 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
;-)
ohhh, great Kridtjo..its is a great surprise for me...
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Estella said 3932 days ago (September 17th, 2007)
priceless
To think how much we complained about my dad's accordion playing in the house (that thing was loud!!!) but now I encourage him and record for him.

I'm glad we're saving memories for later.
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Blue Fire said 3887 days ago (November 1st, 2007)
Very Nice
That was very good! What more can you ask for? Great music and a memory that goes with it! What a great way to remember someone!
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kristyjo said 3884 days ago (November 4th, 2007)
BF -
yes, it is a great memory and good music!
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thetiler said 3756 days ago (March 12th, 2008)
wow
what a dedication, I am not sure I've read a more deserving dedication here at MJ. What precious gem this must be to you, plus to my ears it sounds terrific kristyjo. Reading ths discription is so precious!!!
I really moved by this and thanks you SO MUCH for sharing this!!!

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kristyjo said 3754 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Thanks
I'm glad you posted. Seeing the red date on my homepage made me want to check it out, and I had the chance to listen to it myself, again. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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