could not read music but he played the harmonica. My brother-in-law,
a church organist, once took him to the church and together
they played hymns which were recorded on a reel-type recorder.
late 70's my father died of cancer on January 17th. A few
years later my brother-in-law also died. Sixteen years after
that my mom was diagnosed with cancer. My sister flew in once
a month to help me care for her. She was planning another
trip on January 23, but I called her to say that I had a "feeling"
that she should come sooner.
me that a strange thing had occurred a couple of days earlier.
She was going through a storage cupboard when all of a sudden
a reel fell out of a box on an overhead shelf and hit her
on the head. She contacted her son who worked for a radio
studio and asked if they happened to have a reel recorder.
He said they did. He planned to play the tape and transfer
it to cassette if it turned out to be something she might
want to keep.
the next day wanting to know if his Grampap had ever played
the harmonica while his dad played the organ. He made three
copies of the tape and my sister booked a flight and brought
one to me. Mom had slipped into a coma right before her arrival.
on the 17th day of January, seventeen years to the day after
my dad. My father played the music at her funeral. I honestly
believe he wanted that honor, and that is why that particular
reel mysteriously fell out of the box.
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