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Old 02-28-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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Each of us probably has a tune closely associated in some way with someone close to us who has passed away.

Exactly 20 years ago, my father passed away. He spent some years as a professional jazz musician. His preferred instruments were sax and clarinet, but he would occasionally be called upon to sing. Oddly enough, his favorite tune to sing was not a jazz tune, but the Western tune "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" popularized by the Sons of the Pioneers. Maybe that was because my Dad, like me, loved his native West as much as he loved jazz.

After my Dad quit performing professionally, he would seldom sing anything, but--when I was a kid--he would occasionally break out into song and sing "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" for me. So, in memory of my Dad, now 20 years gone, is Frankie Laine (who, though popular as a country/western performer, actually cut his chops in jazz) singing "Tumbling Tumbleweeds."

Frankie Laine – Tumbling Tumbleweed – Free listening at Last.fm
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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My Mom loved Sinatra. Let me say that again. My mother loved Frank Sinatra.

So I was shocked the day Linda Ronstadt came on the radio singing "What'll I Do?" (Words and music by Irving Berlin 1923.) My mom turned to me and said, "That's my favorite song. I always think about your dad when I hear it."

I was shocked as my dad was the musician in the family and my mother had never before said which song was her favorite. And it made me want to cry because my parents were married for 40 years.

It's a lovely, sad, heart-tugging song and Linda (as usual) sings it with geat beauty and emotion.

After she passed away it was just way too sad to play. So we played "Fly Me To The Moon" by Sinatra at her funeral. I know she was happy with that one!

But to this day whenever I hear that song I have a little cry because I think of my mom and how much she loved my dad and how much he loved her. It was a real love story.

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Old 02-28-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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YouTube - Peter Gabriel - I Grieve


YouTube - Leonard Cohen - Love Itself
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh--Home of the 6 time Super Bowl Champions!
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My niece was killed in a car accident at the ripe old age of 15. I miss her each and every day and it's been 16 years since she died. This is the song that reminds me of her and I relate to her now.


YouTube - Kenny Chesney - Who You'd Be Today
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Hermoso y tranquilo Panam
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I lost my dad 32 years ago the day after Christmas when I was 19. He was a huge fan of the Man in Black and I can't hear a song by him without thinking of my daddy. Still miss you dad.


YouTube - Johnny Cash "A Boy Named Sue" ORIGINAL

Now this one, well, I think he'd be singing as he looks down on me. Do regret that he was gone before he saw me grow up and give him a GS.


YouTube - Tim McGraw - My Little Girl (lyrics)
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Old 02-28-2010, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Akron, Ohio
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It's been two years since I lost my father, my heart still belongs to him.


YouTube - ROY HAYNES My Heart Belongs To Daddy / His way
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:03 PM
 
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That rocking chair is still rocking and the '40 Ford coupe along with the '37 Ford pick-up still know who owns them!

YouTube - Bobby Day - Rockin Robin (HD)
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:22 AM
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YouTube - Sophie B. Hawkins - As I Lay Me Down

I don't think this is about someone who died, but that's how it comes out to me.
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