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A Conversation With My Father


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Philip18

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This piece is a tribute to my father, Ron Gardner, who died in 2008 at the age of 92. The spoken word in the tune was recorded when he was in his 80s. At that time I was teaching English, and wanted to talk to my father about some family stories – I intended to use them as part of a writing program.

My father particularly liked Irish and Scottish music so for the music I tried to play something with a Celtic feel. It is an improvised piece that sort of developed a tune after playing a simple chord sequence a few times. There are 4 guitar tracks - basic rhythm, a lead line played mainly on the top 3 strings , another played mainly on the bottom 3 strings and a few more chords to add richness to the last section.

I realise it’s an unusual post, but if it encourages anyone who is lucky enough to still have their parents with them to record some talk about family stories with them, it’s been a success. Enjoy – I hope the Australian accents aren’t too difficult.

Some explanations might help:
“Philip your brother” My father had come to Melbourne from the country when he was 14 and worked in a grocery store. Everyone called him Ron, his first name. In time he took over the business, but everyone continued to call him Ron. This was confusing for some of the children, who thought only kids were called by their first name (rather than Mr of Mrs). Some, therefore, assumed he was my brother rather than my father.

“He’s just been skittled”. Skittles is a game like 10 pin bowling. To be skittled is to be forcefully knocked over – usually implying, at the least, serious injury.

Chief Little Wolf – an American wrestler who spent a lot of time in Australia. For a time he lived a few houses away from us and we knew him well enough to say hello – as kids, we thought he was amazing! His larger-than-life personality and flamboyance made him very different from the company my regular church-going and quite proper mother was used to! You can read about him here: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/12/09/1102182426527.html

“From here to the flats”. At the time Dad lived in a small unit next door to a block of flats (small apartments). He is suggesting the car was as long as a house frontage. In Australia at the time, we didn’t see many Chevrolet convertibles.

The photos are of my mother and father taken in 1962, then of my father in his late 80s.

Thanks to Peter Thorneycroft for cleaning the tape hiss out of the original spoken word.
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Uploaded: Jul 07, 2011 - 02:58:45 AM
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2011 - 02:58:45 AM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 01:50:20 PM
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Comments
Soundhound said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Wish I had recorded .....
Some of the conversations I had with my Father, he sang with the
original Drifters for years he did " Under The Boardwalk "- " Up on
The Roof "- " Spanish Harlem " just to name a few, ooh the stories
he told me about life at the top of the game, being the best of the best
at the time.......

I think your Father would really like this.....Memories that you'll never
want to forget....Well done.....

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Philip18 said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Memories
What wonderful memories you must have - they are the songs which helped to define a generation. Thanks for listening and for the personal comment.
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PeterB7858 said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
A clever idea, well executed...
Hi Philip. Well done! The reminiscences are poignant and interesting and the spoken sound quality is crystal clear (for a fellow Aussie at least). Like the guitar backing as well. A clever idea, very well executed. Talk soon, Peter.
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Philip18 said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Thanks
Much appreciated,Peter - see you soon!
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gadzooks said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
A Conversation With My Father
Wonderful idea and well done. 92 ... what a wonderful long life. I raise a glass to fathers!
SG
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Philip18 said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Thanks
I'll drink to that!
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Brilliant
... and poignant. A lovely tribute, a great idea and genuinely moving. Bravo.
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Philip18 said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate you listening - glad you liked it!
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jiguma said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Brings a tear to the eye Philip
As my dad got older, my step-mother tried and tried to get him to write down some of his stories - he joined the British navy at a very young age and was demobbed in Sydney in his early 30s before marrying my mother, and had lots of stories to tell. Never happened though - luckily he didn't mind chatting about some of his life stories and I remember a few. This is a real gem, and you must really treasure the recordings you made with your Dad.
Cheers from "up the road",
Neil
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Philip18 said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Thanks
Much appreciated, Neil. And I hope it generates in all listeners the sort of thoughts that you've had about your father. We need to know where we've come from as well as where we're going! Thanks for listening, and I trust all is well up the coast!
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jiguma said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
You mean .......
...... you know where you're going?!
;)
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alackbass said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
A Conversation With My Father
This is exactly what got me into home recording. Shortly after Mom died I realized had a family friend not brought a video camera to their 50th wedding anniversary party, Mom's voice would have died with her. It's the only audio recording of Mom we have.

So I bought a Zoom H4 with the intent of recording Dad's stories and music (he plays guitar). One thing led to another and here I am.

Great concept! Love the guitar tracks. Thanks for sharing.
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Philip18 said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad it stirred some good memories, Andrew. Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment - and I'm pleased you like the guitar parts, too!
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bronco said 2093 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Wonderful Reminiscence
Great tribute with an absolutely great guitar tracks. Thanks for letting us into a part of your life.
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Philip18 said 2092 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed both elements of it - thanks for listening and taking the time to comment!
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PatriciaGirl said 2092 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Great tribute indeed
To have recorded such a moment is inspirational. What a great capture for your memory and for others in your family. Ninety-two wow, he must of had a wonderful and great life, and on top of that a son that knew. Great guitar work, went along nicely. Good recording of dad as well-thanks for sharing. patty :)
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Philip18 said 2092 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Thanks
He was a wonderful man.
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hackneybloke said 2092 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
conversation
lovely idea philip. i have tried to get my dad singing one of my songs....but he can't sit still for long enough....and never will...until finally he'll be sitting still forever. the backing track is perfect for this.
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Philip18 said 2092 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Thanks
Keep at him ,Julian! You'll treasure it forever if you do get him to record it - tell him you're under pressure from the MacJams community to post it!
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KCsGROOVE said 2092 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
cool tribute
Like Tony said I wish I had a recording of my father's voice. Luckily I have from my mom...
Memories and pictures is all that's left in the end
Moving piece!
KC
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Philip18 said 2092 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Thanks
Luckily there are lots of ways of remembering. Glad you liked this - thanks for listening!
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dave_b said 2092 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
A Conversation With My Father
Really nice picking and tone on the acoustic, and cool anecdotes. I felt like I was watching a documentary with the picture off. Nice job!
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Philip18 said 2092 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Thanks
I guess you were listening to a documentary in a way, Dave And thanks for the comments on the guitar playing - much appreciated!
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mowguy3 said 2091 days ago (July 9th, 2011)
How special is this?
A great concept as well as tribute. Love the guitar fade in and out. Well done. Enjoyed, thanks...
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Philip18 said 2091 days ago (July 9th, 2011)
Thanks
Musc appreciated, Russ - thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.
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modalgrooveman said 2090 days ago (July 10th, 2011)
very touching!
this has an uncommon dignity, grace, and unaffected quality.
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Philip18 said 2090 days ago (July 10th, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment, Jerry. I am especially pleased by your description - thank you!
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neilh79 said 2089 days ago (July 11th, 2011)
Father
Not a lot to say about this Phillip a great personal tribute
Philip18 said 2089 days ago (July 11th, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate you listening and taking the time to comment, Neil. I am pleased to have opened a window on my father for others to see a little of what he was like.
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J_Gretch said 2089 days ago (July 11th, 2011)
Touching
What a nice tribute.I just went to visit with my father yesterday.He is 76 and still loves to play music,though his hands don't move so well these days.

This is a thoughtful way to honer your Dad,,,Well done.

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Philip18 said 2087 days ago (July 13th, 2011)
Thanks
I hoped that this piece might make listeners think about their father in positive ways, so I am pleased tht it prompted this comment. Thanks for taking the time to listen and make a comment.
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drakonis said 2087 days ago (July 13th, 2011)
Skittled by music
What a gorgeous tribute... I listened last week and got diverted and forgot to comment! Anyway, so wonderful that you have some recordings of your dad, and some of the stories that he shared, this is indeed a wonderful offering and reminder to us all, thank you. My dad passed away a few years ago, and I offered up a couple of tributes to him here:
http://www.macjams.com/song/62531
http://www.macjams.com/song/52153
Many of us have been fortunate to have had very loving and helpful dads, and I'm now doing my best as well. Beautiful musical accompaniment, and very thoughtful
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Philip18 said 2087 days ago (July 13th, 2011)
Thanks
yes, I feel I am fortunate that he lived as long as he did and that I have such strong memories of him. Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment!
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Alannah said 2087 days ago (July 13th, 2011)
This is fabulous ....
I just LOVE the concept ... you are lucky to have had the recordings to work with .... now you can listen and chat with your dad any time you like ..... beautiful tribute for sure !
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Philip18 said 2086 days ago (July 14th, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment on what I realise is more a personal piece than a general one. I'm sure he would have liked the work, too. Take care!
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Doug Somers said 2076 days ago (July 24th, 2011)
A loving tribute
What a wonderful way to honour your father. Brilliant and heartfelt guitar work here too, BTW. Thanks for letting us know you both a little better.

Doug
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Philip18 said 2076 days ago (July 24th, 2011)
Much appreciated
It means a lot to me, Doug, and I'm pleased that others like it too. Thanks for listening and commenting!
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Franciscus_Henri said 1947 days ago (November 30th, 2011)
A conversation with my Father
This is just charming, the whole thing is very comfortable and immediate. I must admit to some jealousy here. I would love to have some of my fathers voice recorded. I have written a short story about my father and a song. AS you can see I have not yet been admitted into the gates of MJ (It's a bit like joining the free masons)...So there seems to be no reason to upload anything at the moment. I've been exploring the other artists and some of it is inspiring and even though I can't actually share my music look forward to collaborating with you and fellow musicians.

Philip18 said 1942 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Conversations
I was talking to Dad about family stories, getting some ideas for stories to use in teaching. I think this captures quite a lot of who he was as a person. No doubt you'll be admitted to the MJ community soon, and the collabs can take off!
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Name: Philip Gardner
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Played folk guitar then learnt jazz guitar in the 70s. Worked in folk joints, then pubs, restaurants and reception centres in bands, duos or solo. Now enjoying the opportunities that the digital age supplies to write and record.... [see more]

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