Monday, January 14, 2013

iDon't Get It


Back when music was simpler and free, I assembled a disk of the songs Dad used to sing around the house. Frank, LaVerne, Patty and Maxene. You know, Dad songs.

Ten years later, a replacement Cd was requested, so I started to hunt for those tracks on our old computer to make a new disk.

Somehow, the music gods figured out that I had downloaded music on the cheap with Napster. When I tried to upload these old tunes to a new disk,  smoke poured out of the CPU, followed by tiny men in black suits toting tiny pistols. They shot my music dead, and there was nothing for it except to buy the tracks that I wanted.

I've never understood the whole iTunes thing. I just don't think that big. And truthfully, in my lifetime, I will probably download a total of 25 songs.

We have an upscale radio in the kitchen that plays Cds, so when I am forced to cook, I can pop in a disk and be-bop with the best of them. It works, sounds great and I am happy (except for the cooking part).

But I am not an iTunes gal, for the most part, which is a good thing. Making this new disk nearly killed me. Remembering my Apple password, transferring the songs from point A to point B, buying the right dang disk. It's just not a language that I speak.

As I write this post, however, I am happy to say that I finally got the 13 tracks to play one after the other (that would be hard why?) and the cover art completed (replacing the ink cartridges really makes a difference).

In case you were wondering, these are the tracks:

Without a Song – Perry Como 
You'll Never Know – Rosemary Clooney
The Last Time I Saw Paris – Kiri Te Kanawa
I Didn't Know What Time It Was – Ella Fitzgerald
A Foggy Day in London Town – Michael Bublé
La Vie en Rose – Edith Piaf
September Song – Frank Sinatra
I'll Be Seeing You – Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
I'll Never Smile Again – Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Sous le Ciel – Edith Piaf
Mack the Knife – Bobby Darrin
Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree – The Andrews Sisters

Dad could sing the first 10 words of nearly every song written in the 20th century. Beyond that, he was a champion hummer.

Each week, Naperville Now participates in Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday. See what everyone is writing about the letter I here.

15 comments:

Sharon said...

I'm from the same school, but I would have to add, Tony Bennett and Julie London songs to the list. Great post, Sue.

Anonymous said...

wonderful post. i remember my father listening to this music on "The Make Believe Ballroom" on WOR...

Joan Tanck said...

I love reading what you write Sue and my dad also sang songs but his were always on the very silly side! chick-er-re-chick cha la cha la .....

Beth said...

I remember my dad humming along to the radio in the morning. It was a great way to wake up as a child. Haven't thought of that in years...great post!

Johanna said...

You left out the ones my Mom used to sing- Mares Eat Oats and Does Eat Oats and Little Lambs eat Ivy. Also, all of the other McGuire Sister Songs.

Betshy said...

That brought back memories...the songs but also my inability to get that dang music where I want it!!

Carol L McKenna said...

Memorable post ~ sweet photos ~ very unique ~

(A Creative Harbor)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the songs you chose. They are wonderful to dance too.

Leovi said...

An album with great songs.

debra @ homespun said...

Ah I sense a fellow technical genius :)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

It was a lot of work, but wow, what a great thing to have!

VBR said...

First - what a fantastic gift you are giving.
Second - what great songs. (I was born in the wrong era.)
Third - Kudos and Bravos to you for being able to do this because right at the point A and point B step I would be kicking the computer and the CD player and every and any thing in my path!!!
Great I post!

Kathy and Freddy said...

Mack the Knife---one of the coolest songs ever.
I just taught my granddaughter "ooh -ee-ooh-ahh-ahh
ting-tang-walla walla- bing bang"
Much to her parents' consternation!

Brona Joy said...

Don't get me started on itunes!!!! But what a wonderful gift for your dad :-)

Jenny said...

I love that you did this.

What an incredible gift!

And I share your frustration with i-tunes!

Thanks for a sweet link! What a good daughter you are!

A+