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I Know All the Words to This Song, Do You?

I made my living for about a decade as a singer and musician from my mid-20s to my mid-30s. I was a Navy musician, so it was not like being a rock singer in a band with other musicians people found a common interest. We each had to perform in a variety of bands with an extensive audience.

I would not trade that decade for anything, because I learned so much. I also enjoyed it tremendously, whether singing the National Anthem a capella at a Major League Baseball game, playing steel drums at the Kentucky Derby, singing a Pat Benetar or Gloria Estefan song at a high school assembly to support the recruiting district, or playing cymbals or bass drum at a ceremony for Pope John Paul II or Presidents and Vice-Presidents.

My favorite gigs, however, were working with a trio or quartet. I had many opportunities to do that and one of my favorite songs was Twisted , written by Annie Ross, of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.

Straight-ahead blues progression, the words were what appealed to me, and there were many of them to remember. Fun, playful, and quirky, it told a story.

Perhaps, it was because I am, too, just a bit twisted.

Twisted by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross

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cmoneyspinner wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:22 AM

Thanks for sharing a bit of your life history. In the Navy? Salute my sister! That song? Oh boy! It tells a story alright! :)

crowntower wrote on March 5, 2015, 11:42 AM

Hi that is so cool to know. I wonder what the Navy Musician plays... and you mentioned blues... is that what you play? Have a great day. Music is something a one person's can't live without I guess. Hehehe. God bless.

seren3 wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:35 PM

What an interesting part of your life! I could probably go on forever with a song challenge!

valmnz wrote on March 5, 2015, 11:27 PM

I don't think I've known all the words to any song since my school days and the songs we were forced to sing. I can sing plenty of choruses, or first couple of lines though emoticon :smile:

jiangliu1949 wrote on March 8, 2015, 4:18 AM

It was really memorable 10 years when you made your appearance and showed your flair on great occasions .I am a music lover too ,I mean our folk music .I Play the erhu (a Chinese musical implement with two strings ) all the time ,now learn to play the violin ,though I am an old chap .

PriscillaKing wrote on March 9, 2015, 2:11 PM

Navy bands had a following when I was near Washington, because they played for free...guess what the attraction on most of my non-church-event "dates" used to be?