When Uncle Took the Fiddle

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While going through our collection of CDs, I discovered a recording we made many, many moons ago (Arwen was 3 and Lorien 2). We made this recording as a party favor for friends and family at Arwen's 4th birthday party. The recording is a dramatized version of the children's book "When Uncle Took the Fiddle," a favorite with our girls when they were small. In our home, though, it was always "When Daddy Took the Fiddle." At the party, we gave away the recoring along with a copy of the book. This book is sadly no longer in print, although you can still purchase used copies fairly cheaply. So, Jennifer decided this week to make a "movie of the book" -- quite literally! This is a short video of the book and the audio - we hope you enjoy!

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    John (BGD)
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    While going through our collection of CDs, I discovered a recording we made many, many moons ago (Arwen was 3 and Lorien 2). We made this recording as a party favor for friends and family at Arwen’s 4th birthday party.

    When Uncle Took the Fiddle

    #15448
    Rock
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    `Very Cool John and all. Great sound effects too. Good fun!! :)

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    Goldberry
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    How precious.  I always enjoy your posts that include your family.  What a special gift that must have been.  I am ordering a copy of this book for my own family – abe.com has them for a great price.  I love the old-fashioned illustrations and it really portrays the heart of this music that we love – family and friends making music together.

    #15488
    peggys
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    Very creative John! I love all the giggles in the background.

    Goldberry, thanks for the bookstore connection…I hadn heard of it before.

    #15490
    Justine
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    What a wonderful idea to make a party favor of this charming book. Thank you for sharing this!

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    John (BGD)
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    I must admit it brought a tear to my eyes when I put that in the CD player. Such memories! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    PS~ I love Abe Books!

    #15534
    cricket
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    Love that so much!

    #15536
    nagumaq
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    That was great , thanks John and family :O)
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    1943
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    John, that was beautiful. What a lovely gift and what a lovely family! Love it!

    #16657
    Great Scott
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    John — I have made numerous mental notes to come back here and leave a comment for you but I kept forgetting (old age ‘n all). So, here it is…

    Really loved your creativity with this one! A special treat for my very old eyes and ears! Thank you for making me feel young again! :)

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    Great Scott
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    Make more!  Make MORE!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZrgxHvNNUc

     

    Yes!  More!!

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    John (BGD)
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    Thanks Scott! I wish there was more. I don’t have enough memories from when they were small. :( Cherish it while you can, folks!

    #18402
    Rock
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    Fancy meeting you here John. I have another beef. I know I shouldn’t even be in the intermediate section of songs but I just could not get that song out of my head. I won’t tell you the one i’m talking about because I bet you can figure it out, MY LEFT WRIST IS KILLING ME.

    #18404
    Rock
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    Come on John, its not that hard. Left wrist killing me and intermediate lessons.
    What are you doing homework. Like I tell my wife never give out homework. If you must do one of those scrible in the circles type test. Then you just have a card zip your done. She gave me some cockamamy story about you can’t do that with algebra. Yea sure, I bet I could. :)

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    John (BGD)
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    Ha yes, real-life is keeping me pretttty busy. Sorry about your wrist. Have you been trying to play Anna Lee out of your armpit?

    #18510
    Great Scott
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    Okay, John… then you need to write your own children’s stories and video them like you did with W.U.T.T.Fiddle and give it some good artwork and narration and sound effects and VIOLA!(yes, Viola!)  You will be famous in no time!   AND… you will have the time of your life doing it!

    Let me know if you want to find out more about publishing books.  Drop me an e-Mail and we can discuss it a little further.

    #18529
    Rock
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    HAHA John, you are correct. Wow first time, Anna Lee I knew you would guess it. :)

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    John (BGD)
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    I’ll do that, Scott!

    Rock, now we know why those old timers didn’t bathe and played the fiddle from the armpit. They didn’t want anyone to borrow their fiddle!

    #18652
    Rock
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    good one John, I will tell something if you can keep a secret. The grands in my family used to say a bath is weakening. When baths was taken back then they used a wash tub. first to last, I wouldn’t want to be the last. :)

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    John (BGD)
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    Yipes. Hey, I’ve been there. I had four siblings and we all bathed in the same water every Saturday night. By the time we were finished, there was quite a “ring” around the tub.

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    Rock
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    I John, for myself I wouldn’t know. I just hear things. :)

    #18894
    Great Scott
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    Yep, I did the same thing with mine, John! But me and my bro used to be in the same washtub together. But let me tell you (politely) how at the ripe old age of five or six, I got pretty fed up with that arrangement and I decided to do something that I knew would guarantee me a washtub of piping hot water all to my widdle self. I simply sprinkled the back of my bro with “water” which caused so much drama and tears that I was literally banned from communal bathing and forced to bath in a big tub of nice hot water all by myself from there on in as punishment! Punishment???!!! Mama mia! What were you thinking?!!! It is called the power of positive thinking … or as I like to call it… “P” power! :)

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    Rock
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    Haha! Great Scott, good thinking I had two brothers and two sisters. I got thrown in here and there. O then there was the drive to church on Sunday morning, my mother saying you look like you have rust behind your ears and here came the spit bath. Has anyone of you had a spit bath?

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    John (BGD)
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    Haha good idea, Scott. And yes Rock, I’ve had many a spit bath. :) When I was little, we would get a “sponge bath” through the week, which was just a quick stand-up washing with a wet washrag before bed, and then a “tub bath” on Saturday nights with hot water. Nowadays I prefer a daily shower!

    #18916
    Rock
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    Same here John, but after we were in the car going to church, moms getting out her tissue wetting it from her mouth and getting a few spots clean. Lovely memory!

    #18964
    Great Scott
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    I have similar dear memories to yours John and yours also Rock.    When we’d go out, my mama was always pedantic about the way we dressed.  We had to look spic and span and always dressed in white.  After we’d eat lunch, my mama would take out her handkerchief and I would try to pull away from her the moment I saw her dabbing the handkerchief with her tongue.  Then she would start wiping it all over my mouth to get rid of any crumbs etc.  Oh how I hated that.  But the memories still linger in my mind like the sweet smell of Jasmine on a warm Summer’s evening.

    Like you, John, I would occasionally have the “stand-up-and-wipe-’em-down” kind of sponge bath before bed, but mostly it was a tub of water and then bed.  Isn’t it amazing how all these wonderful memories stay with us.  We never really give them much mind until someone else mentions it and then POW!!!!… we start to think of all of those wonderful childhood memories.

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    John (BGD)
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    Yes it really takes one back! I really did resent the occasional spit-wipe with the thumb, because it was simultaneously gross and painful. Usually it was accompanied by the kind of rough pressure required to remove a smudge using a wet thumb. Sort of a combination “wet willie” and “snakebite.”

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    Rock
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     Watch the eyes.

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