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Sonny's Side
by Ethan Sorscher
Art is not a representation of reality, no matter how accurate or off-base.  Art is when 
The Pieces of a Puzzle Come Together.

History Lessons  by Bebe Vaughan
My father insisted that his children know art and be cultured by  Books, a Good Newspaper and the Radio.

Newbies  by Jessica Kearney Heidgerken
Tots can appreciate great music, so why not give it to them? 
“Look!  Baby Girl listens to me,” said Taylor Swiftly.

What Women Want  by Laura K. Barrett
My mother deferred to my father on all matters musical. And so I was raised on, and still enjoy, the stuff of clarinets and trombones, because  My Dad Loved Jazz.

Single  by Jesse Young
Music is as basic as our heartbeat and just as essential.  It is something my sons and I have always shared, ensuring that 
The Legacy of My Father Lives On

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Funny Photos

Dad strums; I hum

I don't know, honey.  Now let's try taupe with some crimson ...

Comes with a tattoo of Sponge Bob
on his bottom

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Cute and Ridiculous Videos

Hip-hop artist Bomani Armah

gets warm and fuzzy with his music video Peek-a-Boo.

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A two-year-old Elvis impersonator

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Founding Fathers

The Man:  Les Paul (June 9, 1915 August 13, 2009)

Father of:  The electric guitar

The Story:  A musician and songwriter, Paul is best remembered as an inventor.  He created the solid-body guitar enjoyed by rock stars such as Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Steve Miller (his godson), Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen.  He invented a neck-worn harmonica holder.  He gets credit for developing overdubbing, delay effects (such as tape delay and phasing) and multi-track recording.
      In the 1950s, Paul performed with his wife Mary Ford, and they sold millions of records.  In 2006, at age 90, he won two Grammys.

Whaaa?    Paul was born Lester William Polfuss.  During his teens he recorded hillbilly songs under the name Rhubarb Red.

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The Man:  Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, aka Jelly Roll Morton (September 20, 1885 – July 10, 1941)

The Father of:  Jazz.  Morton composed the first jazz composition ever published, Jelly Roll Blues, in 1915.  He claimed to have invented jazz in 1902. 

The Story:  Morton was born to F.P. Lamothe and Louise Monette in a common-law marriage.  At the age of fourteen, he began working as a piano player in a New Orleans brothel.  When his family discovered that he wasn’t working in a barrel factory as he claimed, they kicked him out of the house.
    From New World Encyclopedia: “Morton’s lively stomps, compelling blues and high-spirited ragtime pieces, originally performed in the mid-1920s, have proven among his most memorable work.”  In 2000, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, in 2005, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Whaaa?:  Jelly Roll is a spongy pastry and a sexual reference.

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The Man:  (Franz) Joseph Haydn (March 31, 1732 – May 31, 1809), Austrian composer

The Father of:  The symphony. Haydn did not have any children with his wife, Maria Anna Aloysia Apollonia Keller (1729-1800). But he is rumored to have had a son with his lover, singer L. Polzelli. Among his last words was his attempt to calm his servants when the French under Napoleon were attacking Austria and a canon shot fell nearby: “My children, have no fear, for where Haydn is, no harm can fall.”

The Story:  One of the most important, prolific and prominent composers of the classical period, Haydn was a close friend of Wolfgang Mozart and a teacher of Ludwig van Beethoven. During his six decades of composing, he wrote 106 symphonies, 36 concertos, 14 masses, 16 operas, 45 piano trios, 62 piano sonata and 74 string quartets which, according to Wikipedia, showed “a gradual but steady increase in complexity and musical sophistication.”

Whaaa?  Haydn’s father Mathias Haydn, the village mayor, and his mother, Maria, who had worked as a cook in a palace, could not read music. But they noticed early on that their son was musically gifted, so they accepted a proposal from their relative Johann Matthias Frankh, the schoolmaster and choirmaster in Hainburg, that Joseph be apprenticed to Frankh in his home to train as a musician. Joseph went to Hainburg (seven miles away) and never again lived with his parents. He was six years old.

Double Whaaa??  After Haydn was buried in a local cemetery, two associates, Karl Rosenbaum and Johann Peter, secretly dug up the casket, severed Haydn’s head and stole it in the hopes of proving certain phrenological theories. Peter kept it on a white cushion in a custom-made black wooden box with glass windows. In 1932, Haydn’s body was moved to a marble tomb in the Bergkirche in Eisenstadt. In 1954, the head was finally reunited with the body.

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