I’ve always agreed with the sentiments expressed in Trisha Yearwoods’ hit The Song Remembers When. For that reason, I’ve memorized hundreds of songs which bring up special memories and places. Ironically I can’t sing in key at all!! My mom and others have shared the notion that some people (meaning yours truly) should NOT sing out loud. I agree. Still, I have a very active mental music life and I do love to listen.
Recently I watched a 4-hour HBO special “Sinatra: All or Nothing at All”. My dad Al Russell was an avid fan of Sinatra and his incredible musical timing. Dad saw Sinatra in Chicago at numerous matinees during the 1940’s. Whenever I listen to a Sinatra song, I see my dad: his blue eyes filled with delight, recalling all the moments spent enjoying the magic of the Windy City.
I recently painted a blue-eyed black kitten simply because his owner had named him Sinatra. My husband Steve shares my dad’s blue eyes, and his love of muisic. Currently Steve is enjoying his new audio system and celebrating the new year with music.
In celebration of music, here is a little something from the past:
Happy 2016 to all!
I love your writing and insight as much as I love your drawings.
Thank you so much for your kind words! I take great joy in creating paintings and drawings – it helps me work through the wonderful and challenging moments life presents 🙂