This is a 78-RPM vinyl recording of my Mom, Annette Walley (Nee: Strang), singing, and my Dad, Keith Warren Walley, on piano. The bird is Mom’s, brought from home and placed in the recording studio. Mom is 16 and Dad is 17. The recording was made in Long Beach, CA in 1955. Thanks to Tom Gordon… Continue reading Annette Strang Walley and Keith Warren French – 1955
There is a placeWhere quiet streetsAnd verdant scenesRefresh the soulAnd calm the mind. There is a placeWhere brick-laid pathsAnd cobbled streetsWere trodden smoothWith patriots’ solesThat would not know defeat. There is a placeWhere once a manStood up and said,”Give me liberty -Or give me death!” There is a placeWhere “Young Hot Colts”Met [at] night, upstairs… Continue reading At Williamsburg
There is a feeling that I like best
When I come into the kitchen of my nest
And Reid is making a model
Or painting some trees or a flower
And Lance is rearranging the wires
On one of his ‘lectronic devices
To give a new gadget more power
Or maybe they’re laughing with Lucy
Or Gilligan or Elizabeth Montgomery
Or thrilling o’er one of Lassie’s adventures.
And I am making them Ovaltine
And hot oatmeal if it’s morning,
A grilled cheese sandwich or a crisp green salad
And I feel them waiting with quiet love.
© 1976 Annette L. Strang-Walley. All rights reserved. (Redlands, CA, January 1976)
In 1998, my son Reid designed this cassette artwork.
Videotaped by Reid Walley
One slice of toasted cinnamon bread with butter One slice of Muenster cheese Cottage cheese mixed with avocado Two dollops of hummus Cut diagonally
My first-born, Reid, asked me if I knew how I’d heard Opera for the first time: radio broadcast, 78-RPM record played by my Mother at home, or a live performance? After much thinking, I’m pretty sure it was in 1949, when I was 10, while watching a film with my Mother, Dr. Pearl Marie Sampson.… Continue reading Where Opera Began for Me
In 1953, I learned Hatha Yoga from Indra Devi. Classes were taught at the Masonic Temple in Long Beach, CA.
At Flower Farms Cafe in Loomis, CA, with my sons, Reid and Lance. July 29, 2018.