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A Family Tradition

"Classical Gas" was a family tune 
With horns and percussion,drums and bass too
It played through my youth, down the stairs
In a basement set up for a band, in their lair

Trumpets,slingerlands, electric guitar
Bass, tambourine,much music from afar
From Beatles,Ike and Tina, Chicago too
My brothers and friends played upwards till "two"

Al Hirt, Al Green, the theme from "Hawaii-five- O"
Was practiced for hours preparing for a show
A lead singer  would arise out of the crew
Singing "Proud Mary" more times than a few

My parents were smart had insulated the home
So upstairs only the bass would reverberate and roam 
Allowing their children to experiment in sound
While upstairs classical music was always around

This family grew playing music just so 
Their children played piano,viola, clarinet and banjo 
Guitar was a staple for many it seems
One carried the brass section,a band of all dreams

At Christmas and holidays after dinner was done
Round the piano we'd sit ,listen and sing for fun
Playing music and singing together in time
Reminders of my youth a time that was fine 

Remembering my dad's voice singing many hymns
Show tunes, ballads, anything it seems
'Twas a joyful experience shared over the years
Now just remembering can bring me to tears. 

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 10:36:00 PM
    Mason Williams had his one big hit back in 1968. I remember seeing him perform on the Smothers Brothers Show. You have mentioned several fine artists from the late sixties here. This was a great nostalgic piece to read.

    Oliver Avatar Jennifer Marie Oliver
    Date: 6/8/2013 7:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Mason, my music likes are very eclectic.