My dad was quite a “hoofer” in his younger days, trotting around like a Fred Astaire-James Cagney combination; and my mom was a singer in an all-girls’ orchestra during the 1930s, possessing a powerful voice like Judy Garland. So as a child growing up in my parents’ home, whenever Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Jane Powell, Kathryn Grayson, Deanna Durbin, and other song and dance performers would appear in a film on TV at our house, my parents would watch and listen to their performances in appreciation and awe. Although my brothers and I loved sports, playing ball everyday and collecting baseball cards and memorizing stats, an appreciation of music and musicals and classic films were also instilled in us. I now find myself deeply appreciative of my parents for having done such, even though playing the accordion for nine years was painful.
My parents died a number of years ago; however, I would like to share with you my father’s favorite singer, Bing Crosby, singing one of his favorite holiday songs, “Easter Parade”, composed by Irving Berlin. The scene of the film clip is from the 1942 movie, “Holiday Inn”, one of my dad’s favorites. I share this in memory of the greatest dad ever on earth. (My mom was pretty great, too, even though she was the disciplinarian in the family, and I was the child who gave her the most trouble!)
Happy Easter to you all!