Recently I took a trip to see my sister and my mother. We had lots of fun sight seeing, and visiting and looking at old photograph books. We also went thru some old books, old sewing patterns, and a huge stack of music from our childhood. I brought home some patterns and some of the sheet music. It brought back a lot of memories.
I don't write much about myself in this blog. I don't feel that I am a very interesting subject, but I do know that I am interested when a blogger friend posts pictures of her childhood life and family. So maybe someone is interested in the life I led----years ago.
No, that's not me--I'm not that old! (Just threw that in for kicks, since I was talking all about 'old' stuff! hehe!)
When I was a little girl, my mother said that I loved watching the musicians play at church. At that time--a long time ago--there was a pianist, saxophonist, a percussionist and a couple of people playing accordions--I know . . you young folks probably don't even know what that is! Mom said that I was fascinated with the accordions. I was pretty little at the time, so when I got old enough, she decided to get me some lessons. Kids now days usually learn music at school, to start with. They play a recorder with their class and then graduate on to specific instruments of their choice, if desired. That not being available to me, she called an Italian gentleman that had a music studio teaching the accordion to kids.
I went for lessons every week, and practiced after school for 30-45 minutes every day before heading out to play in the yard with friends. My little sister also took lessons. We had "band" (all accordion) rehearsals with the other students and we learned to play solos, duets, and ensembles. We practiced for the BIG recital all year long.
(I was very shy and didn't like the thought of performing, but that is another story!)
Little sister DeLynn, Myron Floren, me and the band.
I found this picture among my mother's photos. It is of the year that our invited guest performer was Myron Floren. He was the man that played the accordion on television for the Lawrence Welk show. He was a very accomplished musician, although he mostly was only called upon to play polka's on the show. He played several music selections for us and the audience. Then he played with us when our "band" played a number. This particular year, he knelt down right between my sister (with the small black accordion) and me! As you can see by the picture, I was biting my lip, trying not to steal the show with a great big grin on my face. I was overjoyed that the TV "star" was so close and playing with us! And he was soooooo handsome!