It's been a rough week for us, but sometimes after the storm, the birds sing. I heard my sweetie singing downstairs as she's been cleaning. The disease she's fighting is cruel and one of the things it took from her these past few years is her music. When I heard here sweet voice singing our old lullabies and folk songs, I had one of those misty moments guys aren't supposed to get. Pretty soon we were singing the songs together and when she sings with me, it makes me sound so much better.
She has a beautiful voice and perfect pitch. I have a weak voice and require the use of a bushel basket to carry any kind of a tune. My choir director at Valley Grande stood me between a strong bass and a baritone hoping they would influence me in the direction of the tune. Oh, I wanted to sing in the worst way, but I soon realized I just didn't get the gift. Mr. LeBard let me in the choir, I think, mostly because he hoped I'd be a good influence on the bass section.
Sheila and I couldn't remember some of the old tunes, so I looked a few of them up as I was sitting at the computer. Then I dug out a few tunes on Youtube. After a while I fired up my favorite music machine - Pandora. Now this isn't exactly a commercial for Pandora, but whoever came up with the idea for Pandora.com
is a genius. I don't listen to the radio anymore. I literally cannot find a station I like.
With Pandora you can build a personalized radio station around a favorite genre, a favorite artist or even a favorite song. To give you an idea, the station I'm listening to has the following search criteria: The Roy Rogers song, "Happy Trails", "Pearly Shells" by Burl Ives, "Aloha Oe", and Danny Kaye. What's come up is everything from Sons of the Pioneers to several beautiful Hawaiian slack guitar pieces, some country folk pieces, Glenn Miller's "In the Mood", a Jimmy Durante piece and a duet with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. If stuff comes up I don't like, I hit the "thumbs down" button and it jumps to the next song and learns what I like and dislike. If I want to hear something again on that station, I hit the "thumbs up" button and it will show up again in the mix.
Earlier, I was listening to a video of Doc and Festus from "Gunsmoke" talking philosophy. Doc said, "A man only gets three things in his life if he's lucky, a good horse, a good dog and a good woman."
I'm lucky, I've had all three. I rode a beautiful little red quarter horse named Cinammon for two years when I started the Odyssey Harbor Equestrian program for emotionally disturbed kids. She and I learned to ride together. I hated leaving her behind when I left Odyssey Harbor. She was a great horse.
I cut several miles of new riding trails back through the woods on her back. I'd cut limbs with a machete, like a cavalry officer swinging a sword. She never jumped or reared. She'd have been a great war horse. She was half-broke when we got her. I read a book on horse training and as I learned she did. She was a very forgiving animal.
Me and Daisy
My dog, Daisy, is with us now. She was a gift from God and the best dog I've ever had. She practically house-broke herself. She's obedient and she's the only one in the house that believes that I am the alpha dog around here. I just hard down love this dog.
She and I walk 3 to 5 miles a day. She is the first dog I've ever had that enjoys playing fetch. Sometimes, I think she understands English. She's fiercely loyal, protective of us and has very sharp teeth and a bite so powerful, she reduces bones and hard rawhide chew treats to flinders in a matter of minutes. She loves everybody (except UPS guys and the postman). She has a fan club among the kids in the neighborhood and never met a person she didn't like if they'd scratch her behind her ears.
As to the good woman, I've been married to her for 38 years and counting and as she came through a couple of minutes ago, I swept her up in my arms and twirled her around the floor while Jimmy Durante sang "I'll Be Seeing You".
It was just a moment, but life is good because of those moments. The vacuum cleaner is going again and my sweetie is making the place smell good. Louis Armstrong is singing "La Vie En Rose" on Pandora and my good dog Daisy is scratching my leg to tell me she needs to go outside.
I think maybe a man needs a good radio station too and that's pretty much it. My life is complete, I guess.
Thanks Pandora, Daisy, Sheila and Cinnamon....
on “The Music's Back in My House”
Monday, May 7, 2012 @7:39:57 PM
Superb, Tom...as always.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 @7:12:30 AM
Enjoy reading your posts Tom, real life... Be well and our best wishes and prayers for your wife...
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