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Monday, May 31, 2010

Sinatra and Strauss

Hello my dears, my mom on Friday gave me a box of my dad's old records, a mix of classical music, big band and jazz. We spent the holiday weekend listening to them, drinking wine and reminiscing. The music reminded me again of how capacious my dad's mind was. There were so many aspects of beauty he enjoyed -- music, art, literature. Some of the best conversations I had with him concerned all three. It gave me a deep appreciation of the different cultures of the world, especially those of Europe. Before I even set foot in Italy or Austria or France,
I was already in love.

Listening this weekend to Strauss' waltz, Vienna Woods, and Respighi's Fountains of Rome, I was taken back to my New Mexico childhood, when I first realized how big and beautiful the world really was. Music carries us places that words can't quite describe. It also evokes deep memories. I remember my father playing these records over and over on his old stereo.

As they pop and crackle now on my Crosley turntable, I've learned something about my father: With his overtures and waltzes, he had a flair for the dramatic and the romantic. There were no requiems in his collection, just grand happiness. Thinking of that now makes me happy.

I hope you're having a lovely week. I'm excited to get back to posting here more often!



Blogger thequeenofhearts said...

Great to have you back Tina, such a beautiful blog and you're wonderful x

June 1, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

oh, thank you!!! xoxox

June 1, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Pinecone Camp said...

What a lovely post. I'm so sorry to hear about your father. After reading about him, he sounds like an incredible man. I love how you've displayed his paint brushes in various vases. So sweet. Take care.

June 1, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Giulia said...

Ah, your father & I would've gotten along beautifully. Glad to hear you're listening to music & hanging with your mum.

Cheers, ciao-meow from GG, & xoxo


June 1, 2010 at 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you are back. I'm sorry about your father.


June 1, 2010 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger The Gourmet Traveller said...

Gorgeous post. You have a beautiful way with words.

June 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

What a wonderful reminder! Just hours of memories and sound!

June 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Louis Duke said...

It has always perplexed and amazed me just how dramatically smells and sounds evoke memories, always more strongly than imagery for me.

June 1, 2010 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger A lady. said...

Is that a Giselle record I see on top? That is my FAVORITE ballet. Thank you for this post. I imagine that was a wonderfully fulfilling weekend for you and your family. Your father sounded like an amazing gentleman.

June 1, 2010 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger J. Christina Huh said...

What a wonderful way to remember your father by. :)

June 1, 2010 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Tonia said...

Wonderful post - glad to have you back here!

June 2, 2010 at 12:56 AM  
Blogger kelly ann said...

this is so wonderful... i have such a love and appreciation for records and there is nothing like the crackling of a record player. :) your dad had fantastic taste in music, and his spirit lives on through those records, every single time you listen. that's beautiful. <3

June 2, 2010 at 4:01 AM  
Blogger kimberj said...

How lovely that your mom knows just what to share to allow you to soak up all the best bits of your dad. They both sound like such wonderful parents. You're so lucky to have been raised by them.

June 2, 2010 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

How sweet - it's great that you can think of him and smile. It's great that you're back too!

June 2, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Cynthia at A Shimmy In My Spirit said...

So sorry about your father. Music often reminds me of my father as well...and memories of dancing on his feet as a little girl. It sounds like you have many wonderful memories with your father. Wishing you well and welcome back.

June 2, 2010 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Sundari said...

Welcome back Tina. It is such a lovely thing to gain something like this from a loved one. My mother also inherited all of her mothers records when she passed away. It was a great walk down memory lane for her, and a new journey for me.

June 3, 2010 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger Nishant said...

such a beautiful blog and you're wonderful x
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June 3, 2010 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

oh, thank you so much...:)

June 3, 2010 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger mandyface said...

That is simply amazing! Such good music! & I like your fluffy puppy!

June 3, 2010 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger The Lil Bee said...

I'm so happy you have these records to play and remind you of your father. He sounds like such a wonderful and intelligent man. Whenever I hear a Frank Sinatra song, I am always taken back to my childhood and my grandfather whistling.

June 7, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

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