Skip to main content

Throwback Thursday: A Heritage of Music




My grandpa could play any stringed instrument.  I don't know the year the above photo was taken, but I would guess late 1930s.  (Though I didn't take the photo, I did add my thankfulme mark to it.  The photo is in my possession, and I would gladly give credit to the photographer if I knew who it was.  The last time I posted this photo online, and without a mark, someone used it without permission on another site.  I felt a little possessive; this is MY grandpa!)



The same grandpa (my dad's dad) in 1980, instructing my sister about proper violin bow technique.  

Grandma (my mom's mom) playing the piano while visiting at our house in 1980.  This piano used to be in my grandma's house; it is the one on which my mom learned to play.  My mom's grandma (my mom's dad's mother) bought this piano, so that my mom could learn to play.  According to my mom, Great-Grandma believed that if a girl knew how to play the piano, she would always be popular. 

I think things have changed from Great-Grandma's day, but I definitely see the value of knowing how to play an instrument.  Many an evening, my dad would take out his guitar and we would sing together as a family.  Dad would reference the Burl Ives songbook for forgotten chords.  We would sing about the Titanic, the sow who caught the measles, and we would skip to our Lou.  We couldn't sing Say Say Oh Playmate, or My Grandfather's Clock, because those songs made my sister cry.  (She must have not really understood the song about the Titanic.)
 
 photo visiting2_zps6d4521f3.jpg

 photo ThankfulThought4_zps7d9599c2.jpg
Thanks for parents and grandparents who passed along a love of music.   Oh, and happy 4-0 to my little brother!

 photo signature3_zps16be6bca.jpg


Pin It

Comments

  1. I think it is still true, a person who can play the piano is popular! Or guitar or fiddle. At least in my mind. I love people who can play and willingly share their talent. What a blessing for your family. Are any of your children musically proficient?

    ReplyDelete
  2. One of my brothers played the trombone, but no one else was very musical. I sing a bit but only in church. Certainly wish I could play the piano. There was a huge old upright piano in my childhood home but no one played it - ever. I never did find out why we had it.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a lovely memories you have of your grandparents. I wish I knew my grandparents better, but I only knew my grandmother (mom's mom) who passed away two years ago. The others all passed away before I turned 2....
    Haven't got a musical family too, so no skills there. I always wanted to play guitar or bass guitar, but never did.

    ReplyDelete
  4. What wonderful pictures and I don't blame you for feeling possessive of your Grandfather! You have wonderful memories of him. It is sad what people will steal. Thank you for sharing this! I just love that old piano. I had an old one growing up that I sure wish I had now. They aren't easy to find and usually way out of my budget!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

Ten Things of Thankful: Dad's Influence Edition

Infant-me, sitting on the wood floor, looks up at my dad, who is sitting on a brown sofa and smiling down to me Here in the United States, it is Father's Day weekend. I did not realize until recently that Father's Day was not officially made a holiday until 1972. 1972! Now, while I realize that many people consider 1972 eons ago, I do not. I'm glad that fathers have a day of recognition now, because they surely deserve acknowledgement.  I thought for this week's Ten Things of Thankful post, I would list ten lessons I'm thankful my dad taught me. My dad is a teacher. Not only did he impart his knowledge to countless junior high aged kids throughout his career, he taught--and still teaches--my siblings and me. He is not a preachy teacher; he's a humble man whose lessons I feel like I learned through osmosis. When he would get home from work, we'd all sit down as a family for supper. Often, our phone would ring, and on the other end of the line would be a paren

Ten Things of Thankful: Summer Strawberries and Procrastinated Projects

A brilliantly-colored dark pink and purple fuchsia blossom You would think that by the time a person reaches my age, she would not be surprised by the passing of time, yet I find myself nearly constantly amazed that a certain amount of time has passed--whether that be a week, month, year, or couple of decades. Earlier this year, I planted a garden. Yesterday I harvested my first strawberry. Earlier this year, I also planted fuchsia starts, and now the flowers are blooming. How is that possible? (And why am I surprised?) Sometime around the turn of the century (and it still seems strange to use that phrase about the year 2000), we bought a circa 1935 dresser. It needed some TLC, but had a cool curvy front. This past week, I finally got around to applying some Restor-A-Finish and Feed-N-Wax, and now the dresser still looks old, but not dilapidated. I still need to apply some hide glue to some loose pieces, but I'm counting progress as a win. For as long as I can remember, I've be

Ten Things of Thankful: From Sunrise to Moonset

Cars and trucks on a highway travel toward the rising sun                                    John and I made a quick, task-oriented trip to California last week. We wore our masks and stayed at an acceptable social distance from others (which is hard for grandchildren to understand, but we mostly succeeded.) We're now home, and at the "I need a vacation to recover from my 'vacation' " stage, which makes sitting down to compose a TToT post a bit of a challenge. However, I know that I will feel better by the end of this post, so bear with me if you will.  1. I'm thankful that we had no problems with traffic going there or coming home. We left our hotel at about quarter to four on Friday morning. The early start, fewer families traveling this year, or, most likely, a combination of the two, made for an easy drive.  2. I'm thankful for books to help pass the time. We haven't actually finished yet (as I was reading aloud, and my voice can only last for so l