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February 03, 2012


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LOVE this, Tipper!

My younger work colleagues often surprise me by saying I'm calm, organised, hrd-working etc. If only they knew the unruly mess I was when I was their age!

awww tipper i sure love the story of pap and the blue apron.. and the song is gorgeous.. harmony is perfect as usual.. i get so nostalgic when i see old pictures .. dont you? and look how cute the twins were as babies.. sigh..
thanks as always for sharing.. sending big ladybug hugs.. p.s what is your favorite color??
i agree also.. that our parents.. seem that they just arrived as our parents.. to us children.. as our lives wouldnt be the same if they had married other people.. lol

What a great story, Tipper. And I love the picture of Pap!

I have loved this song since the first time I heard it. Joan Baez sings my favorite version of it. Love your version as well.

When my kids ask me if I had done this or that before I settled down I tell them, I didn't but if I had I'd still tell you I didn't. They don't know what to say next. They know the answer to the next question will make me a prude or a liar. Try it on your kids. Its fun watching their reaction.

It's funny how we react when our preconceived notions of our parents are challenged! It's as if we have blinders on-our parents surely couldn't have existed(& quite happily)without us, why, their poor lives just couldn't have had any meaning at all. And I don't know that it's a lesson we ever truly learn until we see it reflected in our own kids eyes-

I bet it was a little shocking to
learn of your daddy's life before
you came along...Ken

Very nice. Being from Tennessee, I always like the original Tennessee Waltz and I like this one, too!

I have heard the Brand New Tennesee Waltz quite some time ago. I believe it was by Colleen Petersen the rendition I heard, but I am not sure if it was her as it's been a while since I heard it. Your rendition is wonderful, but I find the instruments almost too loud to hear the voice. He may need a microphone to increase his vocals. Great job and I look forward to hearing "banks of Ohio"

Love it! I know what you mean about parents though, I just completed an album of my parents as a young couple. Eye Openr.

I like this, my son has sing a lot of these songs, he listens to them over and over, until he knows them,and he can really pick good. Thank for sharing this kay

PS....I did want to mention that I love the picture of the "Last Supper" over the doorway in what appears to be an original frame....and also the picture of Deer Hunter and you and the girls at their first birthday celebration...
Thanks again Tipper for a great post...

ha! my granddaugther and I were talking once about relationships and I made a comment (perfectly nice mind you) about her grandfather, Roy, and I -- her reply was "Arrgghh, I have to go and wash my brain!" This was a bittersweet read today as I lost Roy last Sunday.

On a lighter note -- the deer hunter is one handsome fellow and so was(is) Pap!! Keep on enjoying that family to the fullest. Roy said that children were great, grandchildren were better but great-grandchildren were pure blessings.

and the boys...I loved the song and I am partial to the old Tennessee Waltz...even though I'm a Tar Heel thru and thru...
I loved the mandolin sound that Paul did...I quickly looked to see where it came from...LOL
The story is wonderful...but I thinks there is more to it...Would that apron be worn by Granny now....
Wonderful post and family story,
Thanks Tipper,

Oh Tipper, I love your pictures! How in heaven's name did you look so good that shortly after having twins? And Pap sure is a handsome devil!
I have heard a few stories about Mom and Dad's romances before they found each other, it is impossible to imagine either of them with anyone else.
A few years ago I was in the local library, just digging around in our old newspaper microfilm. There was a blurb in one of them; my greatgrandfather had squired a Miss Smith to a local picnic. Even that was hard to wrap my head around! Thank goodness our ancestors made the choices they did - else we wouldn't be here!

Love the song. It is so funny how that we think our parents didn't have a life before us. I loved the pictures you shared. You have a nice looking family Tipper for sure.

Wow! I learned "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz" from an old (REALLY OLD) Joan Baez album -- the one that included "The NIght They Drove Old Dixie Down" - anyway, I sang the song to my new sister-in-law recently because she told a story that reminded me of it. What a small, beautiful world. Thank you for sharing this version. I'll pass it along.

I haven't heard this one before. Pap's comment about the apron strings just goes to show how big of a part that music is in our lives.

Tipper, I could see the face on the boat as well as Ed . I was wondering if I was seeing things. I know my grand kids are very possessive of their parents, even though some of them (grand daughters) are about to be married. I remember when they were very jealous of their mom's prom date, (not their Dad). Great singing as usual.

Enjoyed the story, and it is so true. It is hard to imagine our parents or grandparents as being young once and that they had a life without us. And, our children think the same about us, I am sure.

Great story and familiar thoughts. Song is good too. I feel sad for all the people who do not have that old box of family pictures to go back to for a visit with the past.

Sweet song! Love the story, too. I look forward to your posts every day.

This is an awesome post Tipper.. that's the way I feel about my dad and mom..I love the song..Hope you have a good day..Susie

Pap doesn't look like Pap in that picture. He looks like a fetching young man.
Once as a teenager I was in the grocery store with my mother and a man came up to say hello to my mother. She introduced him to me and before walking away he turned to me and said " your mother was one of the most beautiful women ever to live in this town" then he went on about his business. Wow, I thought!
I guess you're right, they did have a life before us.

Pretty pretty song and yes.. its so hard to conceive of our people having had lives without us.. or of them ever being young. I used to love to hear my mama tell of things she did when she was little. But I could see that better than her being 20, and having boys that liked her. No one is supposed to look at our parents with love, other than the one they ended up marrying. And they were supposed to be unhappy until they got us too! hah!

Life is richer and more textured than we ever give credit due- but you have the pictures to prove it!

Beautiful harmony!

What great fun! Good memories for you to share with the girls!

Really nice song, but I don't believe your Dad and Brother could sing a bad song, they do such a good job always, they'd make a bad song sound good.. :)

great story!

Tipper, It always amazes me how often when we hear something that we have never noticed before, it will reappear from another direction. I just learned the "Brand New Tennessee Waltz" in the past two weeks and now, here it is on Blind Pig...

Oh wow,I loved the song and as the old saying goes,ya'll just get gooder and gooder! Could never imagine my folks dating anyone else and I guess that's how my kids feel.

It's a pretty song. Sometimes I wish I could hear their voices a little better, though. I always enjoy seeing those guys singing in the kitchen.

Who's is the face we can see through the windshield? Could that be Granny? I have to admit Pap was a handsome young man but from what I've seen he couldn't hold a candle to Granny. I'll bet they were a striking couple back in the day. It's no wonder their progeny are so fair of face.

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