Long ago, it must be

Today would have been my father's 75th birthday.

It's also the 34th anniversary of my mother's death.

I wasn't feeling like I had much to say on those topics, but then my brother posted on FB saying that he didn't have any audio or video recordings of Marcy, and I thought, wait, isn't there a tape somewhere? So I went and dug through my box of cassette tapes.

Turns out I have several family-recording cassettes. Don't think I've listened to any of these since 1991 (when I wrote some notes on the labels), so I'm not certain about what's on them; but here are the labels and (when given) dates. I'm gonna try to digitize these when I get a chance. There are at least two of these that contain at least a little of Marcy's voice, and at least one has at least a little of Peter's.

  • Nov and Dec 1972: “Kids” (my brother and me) singing songs and talking.
  • Dec. 1972: “Marcy & kids in Back Yard” and “Christmas presents section 1.”
  • 1977 or maybe 1973: “The Unicorn Song and Chapters 1 and 2 of ‘The Littles Take a Trip’” and “‘Timid Timothy’ and Other Things.” (Label is written in my block printing.)
  • Undated: “Frog & Toad” (in what I think is Marcy's handwriting)—maybe her reading aloud?
  • Undated: “To Marcy from Donna” (an audio letter, I think) + my brother's “news show” + “J, J, M, & P misc.”

I wish we had more and better recordings of both of them, but it's nice that we have these.

One Response to “Long ago, it must be”

  1. plantgirl

    My aunt has been going through her photographs and I’m hoping to get pictures of my father as a kid, and of my grandparents. I have very few of either.


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