Friday, May 23, 2008


Repost 2007_06_21 Loving memory to my father Nic 1915_06_21

My daddy was a small man but a great man. A simple man but a great man.
He was a hard worker. He didn't needed much : everything for his family (our mother and their three children).

He was a positive man and a 'singing' guy. While he worked he was singing. Always the 'classics'. He had a nice voice and was invited to join a Russian Kozak choir in the sixties. I remember how much he regretted the fact he had to reject that invitation purely to personal circomstances.

This picture (on the left is my mom) is taken 'today' in 1981 when my dad celibrated his 66th birthday at my place.
On that occasion I gave him a 10LP box containing all the, at the time, available Caruso songs. He was so thrilled with it although I don't think he will have played them a lot (he couldn't handle a turntable).
I never forget the smile on his face : things money can't buy !

When he died in 1989 I only asked two things. This LP box and his handcherchief with his initials.
I still have to digitalize the LP box.
I always carry his (and since two years also my mother's) handcherchief with me.
On this Youtube video you can hear Enrico Caruso sing Vesti la giubba, probably his most well known rendition of this aria from Leoncavallo's opera 'I Pagliacci'.
By the way, isn't it great people make this kind of simple 'historical' video's ?
Look at Wikipedia to read all about Caruso.

My father also liked Mario Lanza. During the last Christmas days I posted his Christmas album.
Again Wikipedia is the place to be to read Mario Lanza's biography. And of course All Music Guide also gives great information.
On this Youtube video you'll see and hear Mario Lanza - Santa Lucia. Great !

RCA issued a few months ago on their label RCA Red Seal 707409 a great 46 track remastered double cd called Essential Mario. I have this and it's a great set ! Recommended to everyone who likes Mario Lanza.
On behalf of my father's birthday I placed a link in the comment to just a few songs not taken from this 2CD (to 'recent' to post).
Examples : Torna A Surriento, La donna e mobile (superb !), Aida, Funiculi Funicula, O Sole Mio, Santa Lucia, Tarentella & Vesti la giubba.
Although these songs are not remastered as on that RCA issue and my bitrate is only 128Kbits I hope some of you will like them. They will not be disappointed.

Funny, when my father died there was no (public) internet. When Google 'indexes' this posting he's also part of 'the new age'....

EDIT in the evening.
My mom and dad know what I am 'doing' at the moment.
Like I always notice, when the problems are the biggest, the help is the nearest. So again today I got a very re-assuring phonecall concerning my future.
Thank you my guardian angels : I treasure those handcherchiefs !

Note : full screen window gives you the best view of the comments !

Lanza, Mario - Definitive Collection

01-Lanza, Mario - Torna A Surriento
02-Lanza, Mario - La donna e mobile
03-Lanza, Mario - Arrivederci Roma
04-Lanza, Mario - Ave Maria
05-Lanza, Mario - Catari Catari
06-Lanza, Mario - Aida
07-Lanza, Mario - Core n'grato
08-Lanza, Mario - Funiculi, Funicula
09-Lanza, Mario - Granada
10-Lanza, Mario - Parlami d'a More Mari
11-Lanza, Mario - Non Ti Scordar Di Me
12-Lanza, Mario - O Sole Mio
13-Lanza, Mario - Nessun dorma
14-Lanza, Mario - Parmi veder le lagrime
15-Lanza, Mario - Santa Lucia
16-Lanza, Mario - Tarentella
17-Lanza, Mario - Una furtiva lagrima
18-Lanza, Mario - Vesti la giubba
19-Lanza, Mario - Musica Proibita
20-Lanza, Mario - Vieni Sul Mar

'Clickable' links are for you downloaders soooo convienent but the disadvantage is they don't seem to 'last' long.
The Blogger gets a lot of comments 'please re-up'...... Other, more appropriate/interesting comments, they sadly don't get.... :(
So you will have to do a little work to get the link.
This seems, in my opinion, the best deal between 'protecting' my links and the least effort for you.

Link :
Copy and paste into one link :

Paste this valid link in your browser-url and hit RETURN. You can also copy/paste the link into your 'downloadmanager'.

Pass to extract the file : 070616
The file is a small 60MB, 'cause the songs are only in low bitrate 128kbits.
Please donnut give a nasty comment about that.

The next depends, amongst other things, on your security options in your browser and by so the ability to copy/paste the link.

When you see this in Google or Yahoo cache or by my Blog's search function read first the RED instructions at the top left of my Blog !
Direct link (after that go to the plain comment of this 2008_may article !) : JeansMusicBlog
Also possible : just click the 'post a comment' section here and you are able to copy/paste !
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