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Thread #3003 Message #672863
Posted By: Mark Cohen
20-Mar-02 - 05:06 PM
Thread Name: Songs about getting older?
Subject: RE: Songs about getting older?
This one, South Street Waltz, is interesting in that it had its roots in a scene from the movie "Harry and Tonto", and I had no idea whether or not it was realistic or possible. But the first time I sang it at the Seattle Song Circle, my friend told me that exactly the same thing had happened to his mother: she had severe Alzheimer's disease, but when music played she could dance as she had when she was young.
It's also interesting from a songwriting perspective, in that I started writing a song about my grandparents, who were married in 1919 and lived in South Philadelphia. But the song took a left turn as I was writing it, and wound up being about two people I never knew. It's fascinating when that happens.