5 Day Music Challenge, Day 1: Jazz music of all sorts

jazz band

Thanks to Robert Matthew Goldstein of Art by Rob Goldstein for nominating me for the Five-Day Music challenge.

The rules are:
Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
Post what the lyrics mean to you.  (Optional)
Post the name of the song and video
Nominate two (or one) different blogger each day of the challenge

I thought I’d start with the music that meant the most to me at my earliest ages.

I can remember as far back as when I was two and three years old visiting my paternal grandparents’ house every single weekend, without fail. Mom mom would have baked a cake, pies, or dozens of cookies, so the whole house smelled intoxicatingly good. Then the whole family (grandparents, mom, dad, my siblings, and I, my two aunts and three uncles) would sit down to dinner, which was most often roast beef. I always sat to the left of my grandmother, who was at the opposite end of the long table from my grandfather.

baby dancingAfter dinner, the jam session started. Mom mom on piano, Pop pop on the trombone, Dad on the double bass, my uncle playing the banjo, an aunt with a tambourine (or the like) and me dancing or strumming this metal vinyl record holder. Sometimes a cousin or two of my father came over with their instruments. Maybe a jazz drum or trumpet. Sometimes my dad’s first cousin took over on the piano. She was a great professional Ragtime music pianist! Pop pop played trombone professionally in a band, and was also a guitarist. Most of the family was musically inclined.

This memory dates back to about 1973 or 1974, and the music we all played was jazz! All kinds of jazz. It was this music that brought forth my love of dance and my natural sense of rhythm. We all had a blast! While maybe there were fights at the dinner table, there were only smiles in my Pop pop’s music room.

[Stay tuned for my Days 2-5. I have some ideas that I’m very excited about. If you’d like to participate in a Five-Day Music Challenge, let me know. I’d be happy to nominate you.]


Tudor Talks, Published on Dec 5, 2016

Hunter Jazz
You can also visit my later Music Challenge posts at:
5-Day Music Challenge, Day 2: I can dance to anything

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