On Sunday, a blogger started a series of posts about songs of her childhood.
It inspired me.
I remember a lullaby my father used to sing to me. I can still hear his voice singing the refrain from the lullaby, in the language of his parents (a language I, in turn, never learned). I said to myself, "After all these years, I wonder if I can use You Tube and a search engine to find the song?"
And, since today would have been his birthday, what a wonderful way to celebrate a man who meant so much to me.
I have many childhood memories of my Dad. I remember, especially, walks he would take me on some Sunday afternoons (no doubt, to give my stay at home Mom a break). He would love to watch houses under construction, and we would walk to the construction sites. He would look at the houses-to-be. I would listen to baseball games on a tinny sounding transistor radio.
Then, after my mother died, Dad raised me as a single father. Things got rather stormy as I traveled through my teenage years, but he hung in there.
Anyway, about that lullaby. It took about 20 minutes, but I found it.
The English name is Raisins and Almonds, and this is the English version.
And this is the original Yiddish version, as sung by actress Jane Seymour.
Jane Seymour, (not her birth name) by the way, had a Jewish father. Who knows, maybe her father sung this song to her.
Thank heavens for the Internet. And, happy birthday in heaven, Dad.
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