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Fred Maslan What is your Musical Heritage? (68* d) RE: What is your Musical Heritage? 05 May 13

What is my musical heritage? My mother and grandmother sang nursery rimes. My grandmother was born and raised in Wisconsin and she was known as the "animal trainer" she taught us "Patacake" and "Yon Yonson" . Friday nights, we would sing Zemirot around the Sabbath table. And in the days before Television we would gather around the piano and my mom or my oldest sister would play and we would sing from the great American song book. My dad, who was raised in Manchester England would sometimes come up with songs from the music hall tradition. At school from the first grade till the ninth grade our principal staged choral productions and that was where I picked up harmony. (I am a wild harmonizer). When I was eight I started two years of piano lessons. Summer time brought summer camp and "Picture a Cowboy" and "A Peanut Sat on the Railroad Track" In the late fifties, my sister would host hoots in my parent's home and we would sneak downstairs and listen. In high school I got into Folk dancing and learned Israeli, Serbo-Croation, Russian, French etc. dances and songs. This introduced me to Electra Records which I proceeded to memorize. As a human being, I claim the world's music as my heritage. So much music to love, so little time!

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