Well, first ever blog. My mother had a short battle with cancer, and succumbed last week. We managed to get some time with her with a family holiday near Oban, West of Scotland, and she had a great old time. Best known as a country singer, she would belt out favourites by Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Billie Jo Speirs etc. My folks started Scotland's first Country Music Club back in 1968...they soon formed the family band, Country Kin, with 2 uncles, then me on bass, later my brother on bass.
Aside from that, Margaret, (or Auntie Mig as a lot of folks called her....whether related or not ! ) was a fun-loving, mischievous, larger-than-life character, who never prejudged anyone. Nobody had a bad word to say about her. She was still singing strongly at a New Year party recently, and had helped raise thousands for charity over the last 15 years with a "Stars in Their Eyes" style show.
We gave her the send-off she requested on Friday...a medley on the way in to the crematorium "Good Girl's gonna go bad/Blanket on the Ground/57 Chevrolet", a Celebrant service, and Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson singing "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" with 200+ people singing along. As the curtains closed, we had "Crazy",by Miss Cline again, and the leaving music was a Dixieland band playing "When the Saints Go Marching In ".....the music was all on CD, by the way !!
Then back to the club where the Country Music club used to be held, with 115 people turning up for drinks and snacks and a chat. Later, around 25 family and friends came back to our house for a good old-fashioned HOOLEY ! Guitars out, banjo and fiddle out, and we just jammed, drank, laughed and made an arse of ourselves, brothers and sisters and in-laws and out-laws singing whether they could or not. A few tears.....lump in my throat singing some of Mum's favourite songs , especially "You Are My Flower".
We all knew that's just how she'd have wanted it to be, so we honoured her the best way we could. RIP Margaret Hyndman.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @2:20:21 PM
All the best to you and your family at this sad time.
Wonderful to see how music played such an important role in your Mum's life and also in how you celebrated her life.
Hope to see you soon.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @2:47:53 PM
Jim , she sounds like an incredible lady . I wish you and the rest of your family all the strength and comfort to get through this very sad time. Take care mate
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @5:38:02 PM
sounds like a heck of a woman and mother Jim,My condolences--tom
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @6:51:51 PM
Jim, the best to you and your family. Your mother sounds like she was a remarkable woman in so many ways.
Monday, May 12, 2014 @12:23:26 PM
What a beautiful woman and a beautiful way to carry on her life. The images from your writing brought tears to my eyes. Wishing you much love and comfort and music now.
Friday, July 18, 2014 @6:22:22 AM
Thanks for the kind comments, folks. We're ready to move on now, packed up all Mum's things, selling the house.....but she'll still be in our hearts and minds, and a major influence on how we should go about our own lives.
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