Bobby Darin, My Father, And Mack The Knife


Our strongest memories come from smelling and hearing.

Just like when you smell something (such as a perfume) it will remind you of a particular time or person in your life, it's the same when you hear a piece of music.

You are instantly transported in a time capsule, where the memory is so clear and sharp, it’s almost as though you are back there; living it again.

And isn't it funny how "back there" you never really appreciated the music until you hear it again, and think, "Damn...that was some fabulous music!"

For the past month and a half, I’ve been going though boxes of old family photos and experiencing such warm memories of my mother and father.

Now that my parents are gone (my birth mother, father, and stepmother), it’s been a rather sentimental period in my life, looking back on the wonderful childhood I had through photographs; remembering how blessed I was to have had THREE awesome parents.

My father was such a lover of music. I remember hearing him either whistling or singing a tune when he was in the shower. He always said that he wished he had been graced with an exceptional voice because he would have loved to been a professional singer.

I can vividly remember hearing the voices of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, and Bobby Darin playing on the console stereo we had in our living room. Back then we only had LP's and 45's. Could you just DIE!?!?

This is exactly what our console stereo looked like when I was a kid

Over the weekend I spent some time on You Tube, listening to Bobby Darin sing some of my father’s favorites. One of which was, “Mack The Knife.”

I don’t know whether you know this, but the song Mack The Knife was originally created for the 1928 musical, The Three Penny Opera. However, Bobby Darin made it more mainstream and popular in 1959. Many other vocal artists have recorded it, but Bobby’s rendition will always be my favorite.

Listening to Mack The Knife brought back such feeling memories of my father. So I decided to create a short video, by using the song as a backdrop to share some old photographs of my father AND Bobby Darin.

And I have to tell you, making this video was VERY challenging because I had to splice the music to fit the number of photographs I had. And I also wanted to shorten the song or the video would have been over a minute longer – so you will hear a jump in the music. As much as I tried, I couldn't get it to splice smoothly with the movie software I have.

But the frustration was worth it because after I finally finished, I smiled…remembering my father.

So please enjoy this tribute to two awesome men who have touched my life.

My Dad and Bobby Darin.

I love ya, Dad!

And thanks for the memories, Bobby!

58 comments

  1. Good morning Ronnie,

    Clap clap and more claps!!! I LOVED this!! What a beautiful tribute to your Dad and yes to your Mom too, who I could see.

    My goodness, these photos are precious. Your parents and my grandparents( even gr-grandparents who lived in the 30's and up to '43) could have been acquaintances. Who knows?!

    My Dad and your Dad have similar tastes in music. Isn't it weird how Mack the knife is on one hand has such a catchy rhythm, but here you are bopping to words like " From a tugboat on the river goin' slow, a cement bag, it is dropping down". Another generation's fun, I imagine!
    I much enjoyed this! I hope that we get to catch up next week with our news. I missed ya yesterday!
    xox
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  2. Oh what a lovely tribute to your parents, I love, love, love the photos! My Dad used to sing a lot and whenever I hear those old songs it brings back so many good memories. :)

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  3. Val DaggattApril 22, 2013

    Good morning, Ron. Oh that was GREAT. Wonderful photographs, cleverly displayed. I can understand how emotional it must have been for you to go through all those photos. I used to love Bobby ... didn't know that Mack the Knife was as old as that, though. 1928 ... unbelievable.


    I see where you got your eyebrows from!


    You are right about music and smells... they do resurrect memories. Danny Boy was my Dad's favourite so whenever I hear it I think of him and remember the good days spent with him. And there's one smell that also reminds me of him, only it was something used after he passed away, an air freshener. I can't bear that smell.


    Have a great day.

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  4. An awesome tribute! Was that you and your brother in the photo on the sidewalk? What great memories. I remember as kids, my brother and I would sit around our family record player and listen to my mom's albums, which consisted of mostly Johnny Mathis and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass! LOL.....good times.

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  5. Rob LenihanApril 22, 2013

    Ron, what a fabulous homage to your father! I freaked when you showed the old "Mack the Knife" 45--that's the same one we had! And my dad used to play that song all the time.

    Looking through old photos and listening to those old recordings is quite an emotional ride. It can be painful, but it can also be heart-warming as we remember the people we loved so dearly.

    "And isn't it funny how 'back there' you never really appreciated the music until you hear it again, and think, 'Damn...that was some fabulous music!'"

    You are so right! Back then I used to complain about the "old people's music," but now after all these years I finally understand how exceptional this "old people's music" really was.

    Great post, bubby, and an excellent video! Have a tremendous week!

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  6. Wow. Excellent! Seriously. It made me smile. What a great tribute. And how awesome are the photos.
    I wish I had some of the old family photos to hold on to. Not so--but I have a few memories. Those I hold dear cuz they're mine and no one/nothing can take those from me.
    You truly were blessed to have three awesome parents in your life.
    It's weird--waking up to discover yourself parentless. Truthfully, it's not been a graceful transition for me, and I've had years to adjust.
    There's still a 'hole'.
    I'm guessing there always will be. I do celebrate that I had them. I also struggle with the loss of connection that happens.
    And the reality of 'going home'.. is me walking into the little house I go in and out of day in day out.
    (((((((( Ron ))))))))))

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  7. Smiling! What a lovely tribute!

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  8. Dianne WilsonApril 22, 2013

    you and your Dad have the same smile
    he was as glamorous as Bobby Darin
    this movie is so endearing and brings back memories of that period
    well done
    hugs from me and Hope

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  9. Oh Ron, I got rather emotional watching the video clip. The ending was so touching! You did a great job putting it together with photos and music. And I bet your father smiled from above when he saw it. All three of your parents were so attractive.

    As I was looking at the photos of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee, I remembered what a cute couple they made. Both of whom died so young.

    You're right that smelling and hearing create such powerful memories. I always think of my grandmother whenever I smell a particular bath powder she used. And it's the same with music.



    Lovely tribute, Ron. Have a wonderful week!

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  10. Bonjour Barb!~

    Aw, thank you :) As trying as it was, it was also so much fun putting this clip together and then watching it afterwards.

    "Your parents and my grandparents( even gr-grandparents who lived in the 30's and up to '43) could have been acquaintances. Who knows?!"

    Yup...who knows, they could have been, that's right!

    " Isn't it weird how Mack the knife is on one hand has such a catchy rhythm, but here you are bopping to words like " From a tugboat on the river goin' slow, a cement bag, it is dropping down". Another generation's fun, I imagine!"

    HA! You're right, the song is rather gruesome. Actually, the musical "The Three Penny Opera" is a very dark musical. Kind of like the musical, "Sweeney Todd."

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. And yes, we'll catch up next week on the phone. Have a terrific week!

    X to you and D!

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  11. Thank you, Pearl :)

    "My Dad used to sing a lot and whenever I hear those old songs it brings back so many good memories. :)"



    Isn't it something how that is? Whenever I hear songs from recording artists, such as Bobby Darin, Patsy Cline, or Nat King Cole, the memories of my childhood come flooding back.


    Thank you for stopping by, m'dear. Have a lovely week!


    X

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  12. Thanks, Suzi :)


    (((((( You ))))))


    Have a terrific week and thank you so much for stopping by!

    X

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  13. Helloooooooo Dianne!

    "you and your Dad have the same smile."

    Yes, so many people used to tell us that :)

    "this movie is so endearing and brings back memories of that period."



    Wasn't that such a great period for music and style? And yet, back then, while we were experiencing it, we often didn't see it.


    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a wonderful week!


    X and hugs to you and Hope!

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  14. Good morning Bijoux!

    Thank you :)

    "Was that you and your brother in the photo on the sidewalk?"

    Yes, that was my older brother on the left. I'm on the right. That photo was taken before my father married my stepmother.

    "I remember as kids, my brother and I would sit around our family record player and listen to my mom's albums, which consisted of mostly Johnny Mathis and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass! LOL.....good times"



    HA! Yes, good times indeed! And it's funny you mentioned Johnny Mathis because that was another singer my parents used to listen to. Johnny's voice is faaaaaaabulous!


    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  15. Hola Denise!

    Thank you :) I too got a bit emotional last night after I uploaded it onto You Tube and then watched it in its completion.

    "As I was looking at the photos of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee, I remembered what a cute couple they made. Both of whom died so young."

    YES! I agree! They made the cutest couple! They both had those beautiful dark brown eyes. I watched a video clip of their son (who wrote a book about Bobby and Sandra) and he looks SO MUCH like his father.

    ". I always think of my grandmother whenever I smell a particular bath powder she used."



    HA! Me too! My grandmother wore "Cashmere Bouquet" bath powder, so whenever I smell it again, I think of her.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a fantabulous week!

    X

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  16. Good morning Valerie!

    Thank you :) I tried something a little different with the way the photo were displayed in this video. I'm still learning the ropes of Windows Movie Maker and discovering more and more features.

    "I used to love Bobby ... didn't know that Mack the Knife was as old as that, though. 1928 ... unbelievable."

    Yes, can you believe that? The song is actually taken from a very DARK musical. The way it was originally presented was at a much slower tempo. But Bobby, gave it his own take.

    "I see where you got your eyebrows from!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes...my DAD!!!!

    "Danny Boy was my Dad's favourite so whenever I hear it I think of him and remember the good days spent with him."

    OMG, "Danny Boy" was also one of my stepmothers favorites!! It's such a touching song, isn't it? Makes you cry.

    "And there's one smell that also reminds me of him, only it was something used after he passed away, an air freshener. I can't bear that smell."

    Isn't it something how a smell will remind us of certain experiences in our lives - both happy and sad?

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a grrrrrreat day and week!

    X

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  17. Hey there Rob!

    Thanks, buddy :) I was so thinking of YOU when I was putting this video together and listening to Bobby because of your post last week!

    " I freaked when you showed the old "Mack the Knife" 45--that's the same one we had!"

    HA! Isn't it hilarious to see photos of 45's?!?!? I found that one online.

    "Looking through old photos and listening to those old recordings is quite an emotional ride. It can be painful, but it can also be heart-warming as we remember the people we loved so dearly."

    You are so right. It can be very bitter/sweet.

    " Back then I used to complain about the "old people's music," but now after all these years I finally understand how exceptional this "old people's music" really was."



    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Same here! In fact, while living through the 50's and 60's, I thought it was such BORING time period. But now when I look back and hear the music and see the style of clothing, I think, "WOW....that was a great time. It was classy!"


    Thanks so much for stopping by, Rob. Have a tremendous week as well!

    X

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  18. Hellooooooooooo Mel!

    Thanks, dear lady :)

    "I wish I had some of the old family photos to hold on to. Not so--but I have a few memories. Those I hold dear cuz they're mine and no one/nothing can take those from me."

    Exactly. Memories remain forever in your HEART.

    Yes, I have truly been blessed with THREE awesome parents, thank you. And now they're all TOGETHER.

    "It's weird--waking up to discover yourself parentless. Truthfully, it's not been a graceful transition for me, and I've had years to adjust.There's still a 'hole'."



    You're right, it is weird. Yet, it was like after my birth mother died, and then my father....I actually felt their 'presence' stronger in my life than I did on earth, because there was no physical distance between us. So the connection actually felt stronger.


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, Mel! Have a super-duper week!


    Sending ya LOTS of good energy.....


    (((((((((((((((( You ))))))))))))))


    X

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  19. WOW Ron, that was GREAT! I could feel a lot of sentiment and emotion in that video. And you are correct is saying that no one sings Mack The Knife like Bobby Darin! My parents were both Darin fans as well as Dean Martin and Sinatra. I can still remember listening to all three of their Christmas albums during the holiday's, like it was yesterday.

    And being a music addict, I agree with your feelings on hearing being one of the most intense memory triggers. Billy Joel is one of my favorites, so whenever I hear his music, I'm back there in the 70's and 80's. Stranger. The best!

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  20. Hiya Matt!

    Thanks, bud :)

    "My parents were both Darin fans as well as Dean Martin and Sinatra. I can still remember listening to all three of their Christmas albums during the holiday's, like it was yesterday."

    Yes, same here! My parents had everyone's Christmas albums as well. And the funny thing about my parents taste in music is that they had such a HUGE variety - country, soul, big band, etc.

    "Billy Joel is one of my favorites, so whenever I hear his music, I'm back there in the 70's and 80's. Stranger. The best!"

    "The Stranger" will FOREVER be my favorite album of Billy Joel's. Every single song on that album was AWESOME! Anytime I hear Billy Joel, it reminds me of my 5 years living in NYC.

    Thanks for stopping by, Matt. Wishing you a most excellent week!

    X

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  21. I think you did a FABULOUS job on splicing this, Ron!! No easy feat, I'm sure!
    Thanks for your post today. It's a lovely tribute to your parents, the love they had for you, and to a simpler, more carefree time in our nation's history. Of course, I have no clue who all those interesting faces belonged to, but I loved seeing their clothing and hair styles, ha!
    You're so right about scent and sound being important memory-triggers for us. Isn't it funny how just looking at a picture doesn't evoke the same feelings that smelling certain aromas and hearing certain songs does?!
    Have a super week, my friend!

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  22. Hellooooooooo Debbie!

    Aw, thanks, dear lady :) This video gave me bit of a challenge because I didn't have enough photos to match the music track. The tricky part to making videos is in the editing. But OMG...it's so much FUN putting them together.

    "and to a simpler, more carefree time in our nation's history."

    Amen to that! Gosh, when I think back to that time, the nation seemed like a TOTALLY different place.

    " I have no clue who all those interesting faces belonged to, but I loved seeing their clothing and hair styles, ha!"

    Yes, wasn't the clothing and hair styles faaaaaaaaaabulous? And yet, back then we didn't even realize it.

    " Isn't it funny how just looking at a picture doesn't evoke the same feelings that smelling certain aromas and hearing certain songs does?!"

    How true that is! Scent is probably my strongest memory trigger, and hearing is my second. I'm such a smell person. One of my favorite things to smell are the pages in a new book. I love the smell of paper - HA!

    Always a delight to read your comments, Debbie. Thanks for stopping by and have a supa' week!

    X

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  23. Hey there Mark!

    Thanks, buddy :)

    "The songs that remind me of my childhood come from Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Chicago, Barbra Streisand, and Neil Diamond."

    YAHOO to each one of those!!!!! Cat Stevens, omg...the BEST! And Chicago, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    "Unfortunately, while I love "Mack The Knife," every time I hear it I think of that stupid McDonald's commercial pushing the Big Mac from years ago. "It's Mac tonight."

    Bobby Darin's song was better.

    McDonald's does have amazing fries, though..."

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAAHA! Holy shit, I totally forgot about that commercial for McDonalds!!! And couldn't agree with you more....the BEST fried are McDonalds :)

    Thanks for stopping by, Mark. Have a most excellent week!

    X to you and Tara!

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  24. Ron, I'm going to use your infamous word to describe how I feel about your video clip. FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABULOUS! What a beautiful tribute to both your father and Bobby Darin. I like how you had Bobby at the beginning of the song on the microphone, and then at the end. Great finish!


    Even though I wasn't born yet, I'm a big fan of the music from the 50's and 60's. Hearing it makes me feel what it was like back then. What a great time that must have been and makes me wish I had experienced it in the making.


    Is that you in the red suit with your father?

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  25. I both love this song and am a wee bit creeped put by it. How can you make a song about a serial killer sound kind of sultry? Still, when it's on, I sing along!


    I have songs that remind me of good times, too. Musica can be powerfully evocative. I love the video you made for and the family photos. And my, those are awfully revealing swim suits the little boys are wearing in the beginning!

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  26. Hey ho Robert!

    HA! Thank you, buddy:) Don't you love that word? faaaaaaaabulous!

    " I like how you had Bobby at the beginning of the song on the microphone, and then at the end."

    Do you know whats funny about that? I picked two different photos of Bobby standing by a microphone; not knowing WHY I did. And I unconsciously placed one at the beginning and one at the end, and didn't realized they matched the music until I finished making the video.

    "What a great time that must have been and makes me wish I had experienced it in the making."

    So true. And even me, being part of that generation, I never fully appreciated until later.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, Robert! Have a faaaabulous week!
    X

    P.S. yes, that's me in that red suit. and it's hysterical because I would have NEVER picked red. red is not one of my favorite colors - HA!

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  27. Hellooooooo Secret Agent Woman!

    "I both love this song and am a wee bit creeped put by it. How can you make a song about a serial killer sound kind of sultry?"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I agree, it IS creepy. And what's funny is that I really never LISTENED to words until I got older and realized WHAT the song was about.

    "I have songs that remind me of good times, too. Musica can be powerfully evocative."

    You said it girl, powerfully evocative!

    " And my, those are awfully revealing swim suits the little boys are wearing in the beginning!"



    HA! Really? And I though just the opposite because back then, the boys swim suits looked like what a woman's 'one piece' bathing suit looks like today.


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Have a fantabulous week!

    X

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  28. That was FABULOUS! I know how hard it is to make videos and add music to fit. Well done. You are so much like your dad and now I know where the eyebrows come from ;)

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  29. I mean the boys in front - these days suits are a lot baggier.

    And I have come to realize when I see my comments, that I am possibly the world's worst typist.

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  30. Hiya Babs!

    Aw, thank you, my friend. Yes, it can be VERY challenging adding the music to fit the photos. Normally you can subtract a few photos and get it to fit okay, but since I cut part of the music, THAT'S where I had a problem.

    " You are so much like your dad and now I know where the eyebrows come from ;)!



    HA! Yeah, bushy eyebrows runs in the family!


    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a WONDERFUL week!


    Much X to you and Mo!

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  31. "I mean the boys in front - these days suits are a lot baggier."

    Ah, now I know what you mean. You're right!

    "And I have come to realize when I see my comments, that I am possibly the world's worst typist."

    No you're not because sometimes I will go back to one of my posts and find TYPING mistakes. And not just one, but TWO or THREE!

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  32. Oh, Ron, what a wonderful video and post. You and I are clearly of the same generation. We had that same console! And my mother used to play this song over and over, along with Johnny Mathis, Elvis and Sinatra. It truly was a great time to be alive. Thanks for the memories, my friend.

    And what a handsome daddy you had, too. :)

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  33. What a wonderful tribute to your dad! I loved the slideshow and you did a great job putting it together. I laughed at the turntable because my parents had that same console when I was growing up! OMG, I just dated myself, didn't I? Oh well, it's no big secret. And I think I know from whom you got your eyebrows! :-)

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  34. Hey there Lisa!

    Thank you :)

    "I laughed at the turntable because my parents had that same console when I was growing up! OMG, I just dated myself, didn't I? Oh well, it's no big secret."

    I just dated myself as well. The photo of the turntable is a HOOT, isn't it? It looks like something that should be in a "Fred Flintstone Museum!" Now, music is listened to on an iPod.Or if you're like me, I still listen to my music on CD'S.

    "And I think I know from whom you got your eyebrows! :-)"



    HA! Like father, like son!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantabulous week!
    X

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  35. Hellooooooooo Jayne!

    Thank you, my friend :)

    " You and I are clearly of the same generation. We had that same console!"

    You too?????? I was born in 1955, when recordings were still on LP or 45. I remember having a little record player in my room and a box filled with 45's, in which they were all numerically in order - HA!

    " And my mother used to play this song over and over, along with Johnny Mathis, Elvis and Sinatra. It truly was a great time to be alive."

    Yup, truly a great time to be alive!

    "And what a handsome daddy you had, too. :)"



    Thank you.


    Always FAB to see ya, Jayne! Much thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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  36. Ron, I can't believe it. That's the same powder my grandmother used, Cashmere Bouquet! It came in a pink plastic container.

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  37. OMG...how funny is that!!! Yes, a pink plastic container that had a shaker on the top. Now I'm going to have to stop into CVS today and smell it again, just for the memory!

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  38. Bravo!!! I'm in B&N cafe now so can't have the sound too loud, but the PHOTOS, oh how wonderful! I enjoyed them and will have to watch again later with the sound turned UP! I'm picturing my parents now, too. They liked music. Big Band, Bill Haley and Comets, Peggy Lee, etc. etc.
    I have a box of old photographs that I think I'm going to have to go through soon. Maybe there will be a post to highlight them. :)


    We had a console! It wasn't that one specifically, ours had dark wood, but seeing it brought back my own memory. I think my sister still has the one we grew up with.


    Nice tribute, Ron. Enjoyed it. xo
    Have a great week.

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  39. Hey there Mary!

    Aw, thanks, my friend :)

    And it's so funny you said that you were in B&N because I'm going there today!

    "I'm picturing my parents now, too. They liked music. Big Band, Bill Haley and Comets, Peggy Lee, etc. etc."

    Ironic, my father loved Peggy Lee as well! I remember her song, "Fever."

    " have a box of old photographs that I think I'm going to have to go through soon. Maybe there will be a post to highlight them. :)



    Yes, I would LOVE to view them on your blog! And if you have a movie maker on your software (which I'm sure you do), you can even make a video with them. It's so much fun!


    The console that I used for this post, I got off the Internet. But the one our family had looked JUST like it


    Thanks for stopping by, neighbor. Hope you're having a FAB week!

    X


    P.S. can you BELIEVE the weather change?!?!

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  40. Oh, Ron!!!

    BRAVO my friend! BRAVO.

    Also, I can TOTALLY relate to how frustrating movie making can be. But the pay off is totally worth it.

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  41. PS: the photo at 1:06 of your father looks SO MUCH like you. You definitely have his eyebrows!

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  42. Hey there Meleah!

    Aw, thanks, girl :)

    "Also, I can TOTALLY relate to how frustrating movie making can be. But the pay off is totally worth it."

    You said it. TOTALLY frustrating! Yet, with each movie we make, we learn more and more.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you're having a fantabulous week!

    (((((((( You )))))))

    X

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  43. Ha! I had to go back to 1:06 to see what you meant, and you're right....we do look so much alike in that photo. And yes....our eyebrows are exactly the same. Like father, like son.


    X

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  44. greeting, ron.


    i love music. it's the only thing i CAN have on noise wise, if i had to, but it would have to be jazz, love songs or something soothing.


    never heard of bobby darin though, but loved the video. you did an awesome job with it.


    love that record player too. i want to photograph one, but can't find anyone who still has one.

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  45. Hey there V Girl!

    "it's the only thing i CAN have on noise wise, if i had to, but it would have to be jazz, love songs or something soothing."

    Meeeeeeee too. I love jazz. While I'm at home, I usually have something soothing as background noise; especially if I'm doing house cleaning.

    "never heard of bobby darin though, but loved the video. you did an awesome job with it."

    Thank you :) Bobby Darin was around during the time when Nat King Cole was also singing. He died at only 37 years old. He had a very bad heart (due to rheumatic fever as a child), and the doctors told his mother that they didn't think he would live past 17.

    "love that record player too. i want to photograph one, but can't find anyone who still has one."

    I bet you could find one to photograph at an antique store.

    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Hope you're having a terrific week!

    X

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  46. Herman TurnipApril 23, 2013

    Awesome video!

    Your dad was one swanky fellow! I wish I had as many pictures of my folks. And man, that Bobby Darin song is classic. It's one of those songs that really stand up to the test of time and still remain relevant.

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  47. Hey there Herman!

    Thank you, buddy :)

    Many of the photos of my father and both my mother's are at my brothers place. The last time I was there, I took a bunch home with me, but wish I had taken more. But at least I know they're there safe and sound.

    "And man, that Bobby Darin song is classic. It's one of those songs that really stand up to the test of time and still remain relevant."

    You said it, buddy. A classic!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. And I am sooooooo happy that you got your blog back up and running!

    Yahooooooooooooo!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  48. OK, I LOVED THAT! I am sitting here on the bed with my laptop and hit play. By the middle I was TOTALLY butt dancing!!!! My dad would have loved it as well, absolutely. My favorite picture is in the beginning... the beach. Classic!

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  49. "I am sitting here on the bed with my laptop and hit play. By the middle I was TOTALLY butt dancing!!!!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Katherine, that CRACKED ME UP!!! Butt dancing, I have to remember that one!!!!

    Isn't this song faaaaaaaaabulous?

    " My favorite picture is in the beginning... the beach. Classic!"

    I don't how old my father was in that photo, but he looks about 8 or 9 years old. The photo reminded me of the old TV show "The Little Rascals."

    Thanks so much for stopping by, friend. Hope you're having a super week!

    ((((((((( You ))))))))

    X

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  50. Ron, I wanted to let you know that today I went into Walgreens and sniffed Cashmere Bouquet bath powder!

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  51. HAHAHAHAHAHAH! How fabulous is that!!!!

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  52. My mom was the big music buff in the family. She had every record. Remember 78's. She had loads of them. I'm not sure if you can find anything to play 78's anymore. Well, probably, but I'm sure it's not easy. I loved Steve and Edie. Baby It's Cold Outside. I've got my own playlist from iTunes of oldie that I'll listen to once in a while.

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  53. Hey there Jen!

    " Remember 78's. She had loads of them. I'm not sure if you can find anything to play 78's anymore"

    Yes, I DO remember 78's! In fact, we were talking about them at work this week. We used to have an old record store here in Philly that carried records, however, they closed.

    " I loved Steve and Edie. Baby It's Cold Outside."



    That's the BEST Christmas song EVER!!!!!


    Thanks for stopping by, girl!

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  54. Mark PetruskaJuly 07, 2013

    Great tribute, Ron! It's nice that you have such happy memories of your childhood. I, too, will hear certain songs or artists and think of my mom and dad (both of which are, fortunately, still very much present and in good health). The songs that remind me of my childhood come from Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Chicago, Barbra Streisand, and Neil Diamond.

    Unfortunately, while I love "Mack The Knife," every time I hear it I think of that stupid McDonald's commercial pushing the Big Mac from years ago. "It's Mac tonight."

    Bobby Darin's song was better.

    McDonald's does have amazing fries, though...

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  55. " I look a crossing guard in that photo"


    Ron, you are hysterical! The only thing that's missing is the yellow banner over your chest.

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