Mike, he still has a special place in my memory apparently. Then there was the 1st grade music teacher, Mrs. Cowan or Cowin? She must have been about 100 years old - seriously; the Tweety-Bird, white-haired granny type, she must have volunteered just to play the piano.
So we are all gathered around the piano sitting Indian Style on the floor. She is playing our favorite tunes and we are singing. My friend Harold is sitting across from me, with his back turned towards the piano, looking at me, facing the piano. He starts singing in a high-pitched munchkin voice to be funny, with a big smile on his face, laughing as he mocked the song. It made me laugh; it was very funny to me, a happy 6-year old, out in the world on my own, and having a good time!
Suddenly the piano stopped, and Mrs. Cowan's piercing gaze turned to me (just like a Wesley Whinfield moment in Moonlight Bay:) "What is so funny?" I didn't want to reply, but she insisted, and with the pressure on, I told her the truth, I said: "Harold is singing funny." Harold is still chuckling. She replied: "Harold does not sing funny! And that is very rude of you to say that . . ." and proceeded to chew me out for criticizing his singing - she didn't have a clue. I didn't know how to explain - it was too complicated. I had always liked her, but I didn't trust her after that. It's all prep for the grown-up world.
I can still picture it. Ironically, I think this was the song.
Diana Panton has a special "intimate" quality in her voice that makes you want to pay attention. One of my new discoveries on YouTube.
"Moonlight Serenade" is awesome! But I can't separate it from "Moon River," but they are both excellent. Unique voice! Better than Adele or Nora Jones in my opinion, at least I'd rather listen to Diana Panton. She does Bossa Nova too.
Of all the songs I have ever heard in this world, nothing tops this on the organ!
Not perfect sound quality, but I like the way he plays this. Notice, it takes 4-hands to handle a "Whopper."
My earthly moorings are unhinged. My soul enthralled is beckoned by the glorious sounds compassed about me in a long awaited heavenly processsional to see my King, in awe and wonder, as the reigns of this world fall away, and tears turn to joy. That's my interpretation. Pretty powerful stuff!
Walton's "Crown Imperial March." It was first performed at the coronation of King George VI in 1937. I must be British . . .
My mother would say the same. And where's the beef? I want to hear it. No YouTubes?
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, so there is a lot of history there. Baltimore too. In fact, there is another notable organ in Boston. I love organ. I believe the largest organ in the country is in LA , purchased and reassembled from some country in Europe. I read somewhere that Philidelpia holds that claim too.
This one is in Boston too, but a ghastly tune. If it is going to be ghastly, I prefer Bach. Matching the organ with the acoustics of the building housing the organ is key.
Thanks for the tour Mike. I like seeing where people are from. I am sure there is a lot more. Only been to the "Big Apple" and Washington DC on the East Coast. I should see more. Definitely want to go on the Dragon boats, and check out some of those ships. Crabcakes too. Go Baltimore!