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Christmas Music in Febuary

I tell you what.  I JUST got my hands on a copy of The Singing Christmas Tree performance from December 2017, at Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ in Woodstock, Virginia.  And you know what?  We were pretty daggone good.  I’m an old rock & roller, listen to the Stones for breakfast, but live music of any kind is good music. Continue reading Christmas Music in Febuary

Why, Why, Why?

The old man had cried on and off over the past five days.

It’s not manly.  It’s not the way a man is supposed to act.  A grown man sobbing like a little girl.  A grown man tearing up during a chance encounter with a neighbor or with a salesperson who had simply said ‘have a nice day’. Continue reading Why, Why, Why?

Not Everyone Loves the Holidays

Up off of the sofa, across the floor, and out the door she went.  It was the day before Thanksgiving, and being strong like she was, she had allowed herself to celebrate.  Newly divorced, the kids all grown and gone, she went by herself to shop for the first Thanksgiving meal to be had by only herself. Continue reading Not Everyone Loves the Holidays

A Small Town Parade Filmed in 1952

This is an old home movie that captures the festivities featured in Woodstock, Virginia’s Bicentennial Celebration in 1952.  Following the video is a short history lesson  and a linked PDF with documents from the pageant held later that day.   Continue reading A Small Town Parade Filmed in 1952

And now, I’d like to Sing a Song

I’m quite possibly the only straight guy in America that knows all of the words to all of the songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Sound of Music”.  I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth, but we did have a Baby Grand piano in the living room.  And my Mom played, and my Sisters played, and my Dad played.  And I sang along. Continue reading And now, I’d like to Sing a Song