Music with Dad

Twenty-four years ago today I enjoyed a full day playing music with my father, something I always enjoyed whenever I came home. We played our favorites: Mozart Piano and Violin Sonatas and Fritz Kreisler.

Starting on violin at age 4 in Hanau, Germany

He started me on the violin at age 4 and piano at 6, and we performed together for years at weddings, parties, and dinner music at a local restaurant.

Performing at the Blue Heron Bistro in Coos Bay, OR, circa 1986.
Playing at my eldest brother’s wedding, 1993

Twenty-four years ago today was the last time we played together. The following morning, just after I left to return to Portland, he was hit by a drunk driver. He never woke up and died the following day. He was only 67.

Cherish the time you have. Life is short, precious, and fragile. Tell people how you feel.

And by all means, do not allow yourself or anyone around you drive while under the influence.

1 thought on “Music with Dad

  1. tl Post author

    Today, on the 24th anniversary of dad’s death, I went out on the sidewalk and played solo viola.

    I played songs that I remember he enjoyed and that remind me of him:

    Sunrise, Sunset
    I’ll Be Seeing You
    Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen
    If I were a Rich Man
    Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
    What A Wonderful World
    Mexican Hat Dance
    To Life
    They Call The Wind Mariah
    Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    It’s Only A Shanty
    I Don’t Want To Play In Your Yard
    I Talk To The Trees



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