Now I am perhaps showing my age or is it perhaps the way I was bought up. I was born into a musical family; unfortunately I do not play an instrument but I do love and have an appreciation for a wide paramaeter of different types of music. My Dad played piano, church organ and cathederal organ as well as the violin and the mouth organ. My grandfather played the Banjo, and the squeezebox. My Uncle played the drums and the Banjo. My nephews both play the flute.
The other day whilst sorting through some bits and bobs I unearthed some of my grandfather's sheet music; now that brought back some memories as my grandfather used to keep both my brother and I entertained by playing the banjo and we would be bawling along all heart but sometimes out of tune. In fact as a family we used to have a sing song and used to create our own entertainment. We also used to listen to the radio a lot on a Sunday morning when it was family favourites, where loved ones were connected with their serving forces family overseas etc. and also Sing Something Simple a radio programme on a Sunday evening. Inevitably we would be travelling back home from my grandparents when this programme was on and all of us used to sing along in the car on the way home.
Last night I retrieved from under my bed a box full of cassettes one of which I have dug out to listen to again. It has some real oldies on it and some of you perhaps will not know the songs and others of you will remember them very well.
The cassette is named "Hello Children Everywhere" based on the radio programme of the same name from the 1950's. I was born in 1959 but I still know these songs.
Nellie the Elephant
I know an old lady
How much is that Doggy in the window
The Runaway train
When father papered the parlour
The Ugly duckling
The Owl and the Pussycat
Big Rock Candy Mountain
The little shoemaker
Tubby the Tuba
Teddy Bear's Picnic (If you go down to the woods today your sure of a big surprise, If you go down to the woods today you'll never believe your eyes)....
Where will the dimple be (On the baby's knuckle or the baby's knee where will the baby's dimple be, babies knee or babies chin, seems to me it will be a sin if its always covered by a safety pin, where will the dimple be)
The King's New Clothes
Pure nostalgia all of it
I latterly went on to get a CD version with different songs on, which is in my CD chest and which I haven't quite got to hand at the moment.
Brought back some happy memories of dear ones long past and blew the dust off a couple of old cassettes. Its funny what you find when you are tidying up. Sort of takes you back to a different time and a different place. Time travelling of a different sort.
Right upwards and onwards. I hope to be back a little later on.
Catch you soon