Musical by nature … or is it by nurture?

In the long-running debate pitting nature against nurture, I come down firmly on the side that argues that our DNA is more influential in our personalities than how we were raised.

Except, of course, on those occasions when I believe the opposite.

For example, I like almost every form of music known to mankind, a fact that I attribute to growing up in my father’s household, where music ranging from jazz to country was a constant presence. (Rock and roll had to grow on him. I vividly remember him saying after a Beatles song played on the radio that those guys were great songwriters, but they had to learn to sing).  If I walk into a house in which no music is playing, it feels odd to me, as if something crucial was missing, something that turns a structure into a home.

Now is that a result of nature? Or nurture? Either way, it is a great gift to be passed on from parent to child. So for this Father’s Day weekend, this one’s for you, Pops. It’s a song that he used to sing and play to his children on his ukelele, in what I guess could be called a ragtime style. But here’s it’s performed in a jazz style by Ella Fitzgerald, one of his favorites:

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Mick11
Mick11

Those church congregants and victims families taught the world a lesson this past week - hate and violence can never be the answer! 

They showed the world what is true Christianity and faith; out of the sadness such beautiful, forgiving americans!!

I respect the lesson, will learn from it, and will challenge myself to live to a higher standard.

Thank you beautiful people of Charleston for showing the world how faith and forgiveness works, and it works best in America!

Peace-


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZoZwdesumY



YouLibs
YouLibs

@Bruno2


To this day I lament Cat exchanging his incredible musical talent for fundamentalist religious thought.


Fundamentalism kills the urge to create inspiring art.

YouLibs
YouLibs

Lucinda Williams owes a lot of her song-writing skills to her father, Miller. He was one of only three American poets who was asked to write and recite a poem for a presidential inauguration.


I'm going to put up a link to her Facebook page where you will see her playing part of one of his poems to him. It will be the first time he ever heard it. It will be the last time they ever saw each other. The poem was titled "Compassion" as is the song, and the record was titled "Where the Spirit Meets the Bone", from a line from the poem. Her husband posted this today as a tribute to him:


https://www.facebook.com/LucindaWilliams


Jackie_36
Jackie_36

Happy Father's Day to one and all.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

I've been trying for 3 days now to get into the "Comments" section of the Dylann Roof thread, but without success even when I sign in. I'm quite curious what some of the regular bloggers have to say, and have a thing or two to post myself.  Oh well.


No problem here. I'll listen to the music.

Gmare
Gmare

I've had some success getting in by rebooting. Good luck.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@TomMiddleton @OriginalProf 

Thanks. I did a while ago, and now can get in...the discussion is up 1700+ comments, and I'm sure anything I could say has already been said.

Gmare
Gmare

Happy Father's Day, Skydog - you seem to be the only dad here right now - and to all who may drop by later.

skydog12
skydog12

@Gmare


Thanks G!


I`m loving the Dad and Grand Dad thing. I hope you are having a good day.

skydog12
skydog12

The ribs and chicken wings have been marinading for 2 days. The chicken halves are in the brine.


I made clear North Carolina (vinegar) BBQ sauce, South Carolina yellow (mustard) BBQ sauce, Alabama white (mayonnaise) BBQ sauce, and "Cherry Cola" BBQ sauce.


The kids and grand kids are coming.


Louie D is on his way from Charleston with his horn.


Ya think a jam will break out?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHy5aaertwI

skydog12
skydog12

My dad only liked one song. I`m not lying.

Every morning for ten years he would call the radio station and request this song. Every morning for ten years they would play it.


He was the stations banker.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOKaircCiGI

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@skydog12  


Thank you very much for this song, today, Skydog.  It has so many memories of my father's heritage in the mountains of western N.C., where my father's father started a singing/preaching event there in 1924, where this song was played many times including at this year's event in western NC.  I shared this song, thanks to you, with my friends and family on Facebook just now, with these additional words: My great-grandfather, a Baptist minister preached the Gospel at that 1937 event at the request of his father-in-law and my grandfather. My great-great grandfather was also a Baptist minister and school teacher as was his father, who born 1802 in Caldwell County, N.C. His grandfather had immigrated from Germany in the 1700s.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

Happy Father's Day Everyone!  I'm dedicating this song to my dad. Even though he's smooth like Lou Rawls or BIlly Dee Williams; this song reminds me of him more than any other.  It's a fighting song by an Irish band and those lyrics...! Well, if that ain't my Pop.......!!!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BsiF-x1ttk


honested
honested

@PaulinNH 

I've spent nearly 30 years now making sure I avoided the trap.

I think it worked.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@JamVet 

Great version - almost as good as the one with Pearl Jam

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@JamVet The definitive televised live performance of Neil. Never has he been more "on fire" and captured on live TV. That's his Crazy Horse compadre - Pancho Sampedo on guitar. However that's Steve Jordan on drums and Charlie Drayton on bass. For the soundcheck that day, Drayton and Jordan switched instruments as the band tore into "Why Do I Keep F@cking Up" that nearly gave Lorne Michaels a heart attack and made him beg Neil: "Please, you cannot play that song on live television."

Michaels was on pins and needles up until the end of the show fearing another "Elvis Costello" moment.

Bruno2
Bruno2

Just got back from picking up a few lottery tickets......I guess the apple really never does fall far from the tree.  LOL

If you're feeling lucky
You best not refuse
It's your game the rules
Are your own win or lose

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMOjv-VVxAY

Bruno2
Bruno2

Speaking of toxic Dads, did anyone watch the Lyle Alzado story shown on the NFL network??  Pretty bad shlt what he and his sisters had to endure. Lyle dedicated himself to children's charities throughout his career, raising over $10,000,000 in addition to a lot of personal visits to hospitals, etc.  Even though steroids provided an extra boost, he was a tough SOB.  He fought Muhammed Ali in an exhibition boxing match once and held his own, landing a few shots before Muhammed popped him good just to remind him who was boss.