Abe and I sang this song a few years ago in a chorus we joined during the Christmas season 2010. For some reason I always thought of my dad when I heard it. Couldn’t get a copy of the one we participated in, so I’ll have Feist do the singing instead. December 12th, 2013, he would have been 73.
We watched the new Wong Kar Wai movie tonight, The Grandmaster. I didn’t go into it thinking I’d be thinking of my dad, but I did. And when this song came on, I thought of him a lot more. This is one opera I never saw growing up - how do I know the song so well???
Tori Amos turns 50 today. In 1994 I went to college, away from home, and listened to this song about a million times. I felt like it was written for me. It made total sense then, and it makes total sense now.
"Oh What a Beautiful Morning" - Rodgers and Hammerstein
1 year ago, Fu-Yen Chen passed away. It’s still a shock to those who knew him - the death was unexpected and sudden. For 365 days I’ve mourned him, and the pain doesn’t lessen, though it does subside quicker. I had no clue what song I would post on this anniversary, and out of nowhere it clearly chose me - the TV was on PBS, playing a documentary about Oscar Hammerstein II. I used to think this was so cheesy, but now I can see why my father loved it. Optimism, short & sweet. He always sang along, and he never sang along to much. I heard his voice, loud and clear. - Lynn
Just wrapped the short film Sutures. Spent all day yesterday crying for the movie - the last time my body/mind has gone through that was almost one year ago, exactly. Listened to this song last night as I drove back - the morning of my father’s funeral, I lay in bed while chaos unfolded around me and took a moment to remember him. - Lynn
I just left the NJ home my parents have lived in since 1998 for the last time. Back when they first moved in, Natalie Merchant was one of the only singers I listened to whose voice they both liked. My mom found a Father’s Day mix I made for him a few years ago - this was the first track. As I pulled away from the driveway, it was the most beautiful/painful/appropriate melody I’ve ever heard. - Lynn
I have no idea why I’ve been listening to this song on repeat in my car for the last hour, crying my eyes out, thinking of my father. It was released recently, only 3 months after his death, but reminds me of the 80’s - of a song I would have fallen in love with and made him play over and over again. I imagine he would just listen along, silently, while I belted out the lyrics at the top of my lungs: “Take me back, give it up, give it up to me, cause I can’t go on if your love isn’t strong. See I want it all give me, give me all your love. But if you can’t hold on, then baby don’t save me.” - Lynn
My parents once recorded these Chinese songs - you can hear both of them singing on this track. For a long time, they remained unplayed, until my husband Abe transferred them from vinyl to mp3, and we gave their “group” a name - “Philharmonic 5.”
When my father was in the hospital, I would sing to soothe his pain. Often it was classical pieces I grew up playing on the piano, but one day I started humming the first few bars of this song. It was the first and last time I ever saw him cry. I think he was remembering a time that was gone forever, that he would never get back.
I grew up listening to the Les Miserables soundtrack - the show opened the same exact time I was doing South Pacific. I must have seen it at least 4-5x on Broadway, and was always playing the songs at home, in the car, on the piano…watching the movie version tonight was a trip down memory lane, remembering how often my Dad patiently listened along, throughout the years, repeatedly. As a kid, the deaths never really meant much to me. They represent a lot now.
Lea Salonga was an idol of mine - I was also a big fan of “Miss Saigon.” Here she is singing “I Dreamed a Dream.” - Lynn
I’m heading east for my first NJ without Dad. I can’t hear this without thinking of him; the Nat King Cole version was by far his favorite - he announced it every time it came on (which was a lot). Christmas holds a special place in my heart because my birthday is the 24th; love this live video because he’s looking right at me, smiling, singing beautifully, at ease. - Lynn
Currently touring with Edie Sedgwick in Europe. My dad met Justin, the head of the group, back at Wesleyan over 17 years ago. I don’t think he would’ve ever come to see us play live, but would’ve been proud to watch this YouTube video, seeing his daughter in a new light. - Lynn