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Heavy article... very nice. Music is definately a memory refresher. I recall much of my childhood through the song's I think of, hum and play on the fiddle. Take's me back to my childhood (40's and 50's). I can go back as far in memory as about 1946, relating much of my of my early life through song or song in relation to thing's that happened.
I still remember my Uncle playing violin when I was 2 or 3 yo. There was a song out at that time (during WW2) was called " Bell Bottom Trouser's, Coat's of Navy Blue", I didn't know the violin was called a violin so I just asked him to play Bell Bottom Trouser's, thinking that was what that instrument was called.
Maybe now, after I play a song 100 time's then 10 minute's later I want to play it again..... hmm.."how did that song start again",,,, ,,, damn, I can't remember.
A couple weeks ago I had this conversation with FM, when I called his shop to order string's..... he told me to have a book with the name's of song's written down, kinda like a Karoake book.
Incidentally,,, I don't have , ummmmmm.. what's that called again ? ???
My dad who will be 70 this coming september has parkinsons disease, part of what comes with parkinsons is dimentia. I can tell over the last couple years his thought process is slowly wasting away. He has been playing harmonicas since he was 6 years old, mom plays dobro and they run with another couple their age and play in nursing home and jam sessions when they can.. I truly believe if it wasnt for his music my dad would not be here today, it gives him something to look forward to and it in my opinion has slowed up the dimensia symptoms some...still is a good source for old music..