"MY SINGING DEBUT @ 4"....Silent Night!

 

This is me at 4 in Pittsburgh with a Playdate - notice how serious it was; I was wearing Matching Socks!

Little did I know I would be driven to New York City for my Singing Debut that evening.

            

My Grandparents from Ozone Park, New York had a whopping 10 children!

On their 50th Golden Anniversary, their 1st child Minnie; gave a sumptuous Anniversary Party for them & a Wedding Celebration for the 10th child, Lilly in one big combo-shindig in a posh hotel in New York City.

My grandparents were humble poor folks; but their 1st child made a mark in the Printing Business & made a generous gesture that brought all 10 children & their families together & a bonding boost long remembered.  

Having saved the lavish Gilt Invitations/Menu all these years - growing up, I was somewhat confused at the wealth it presented; yet we & our grandparents lived simply.  With that said...

This is where my Sister & I would sing the song, "Greetings To Grandma & Dear Old Grandpa", written by my father to the tune of "You Are My Sunshine".  From a person who knew my father well, I can safely say; this was the 1st & last time he did any musical scoring.

I wore a Red Velvet Dress & my sister was in Green Velvet; matching her eyes.  And, yes - Bows in our hair; Mom was a stickler for that.

From what I heard; we practiced this song ad finitum or ad nauseum; depending on who's listening.  I was 4 & my sister 8 1/2; old enough to be royally pissed!

You see; this Duet was a Solo!  Acapella & scared; little Marilyn shut down.

Oh, I sang the first note & then; just looked around the room & all those eyes.  

I can still feel the poke in the ribs when I sneeze.  And of course, all the years of stink-eye & retribution from my sister; that have become my fate.

Just to make the world a happier place; (for me, at least) on my Mother's 100th Birthday Party, 4 years ago in Maryland; I flew in from California with "Hat in hand" & new lyrics to a song to sing with my sister to the tune of one of my Mom's favorites from "her day" called - "Always".

I stood on stage with my sister at "Assisted Living" & handed her for the 1st time, words I wrote for us to sing together; but this time I sang loud & clear.  But because of my Mother's fragile health & this grand occasion - choked up a bit & held back a tear - but held my own!

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Comment by Jerry DeNuccio on October 5, 2015 at 9:03am

A four-year-old, in a large room, surrounded by many people, all of whom have you riveted in their eyesight--that had to be intimidating.  I remember getting trotted out to sing on a couple of family-gathering occasions--and one I remember vividly was a novelty song, purple-people eater, the lyrics of which I forgot in a number of places.  Torturous!  I understand it was a fairly common practice back in the day, a residue, probably, of the pre-mass media days when families provided their own entertainment.  Glad to hear you found your voice for your mother.  Melody on!

Comment by alsoknownas on October 5, 2015 at 9:47am

Ahhh...the flop sweats. Know it well.

I'm sure you learned later on to play to the front three rows. That tip saved a lot of embarrassment for me.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 5, 2015 at 9:59am

I love the smile and expression on your face as you look out of the corner of your eyes.  R&L ;-)

Comment by marilyn sands on October 5, 2015 at 12:22pm

Thanks so much Jerry!  Well, you've got your "Purple People Eater" memories & know all about it!  The funny thing is, consciously; I never thought of the childhood experience connected to the most recent one until I wrote this one yesterday. 

Comment by marilyn sands on October 5, 2015 at 12:27pm

Thanks so much alsoknownas!  Now you tell me!  ha ha  If we could only go back to fix things.  I'm afraid the young people today don't realize that back in the day, "Embarrassment" was very much more...well, embarrassing.  Today, nothing is embarrassing! It's about Shocking or Punked!  ha ha

Comment by marilyn sands on October 5, 2015 at 12:29pm

Thanks so much jmac!  Yes, I still have that smile & the expression in my eyes still serves me well - especially while I'm on On-Line Dating!  ha ha

Comment by koshersalaami on October 5, 2015 at 1:09pm
At that age in particular, singing would be scary
Comment by marilyn sands on October 5, 2015 at 1:16pm

Thanks so much kosh!  You got that right - remember words?  I forgot my name!  ha ha

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