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A Memorable Performance

Life Story Club Contributor

Feb 27, 2020

I sang. And from the time I was old enough to remember, when I was very, very young, I discovered that I could sing. And I didn’t know this was a unique factor.

But, I started singing, and I think I became a little bit annoying with my contributions all the time, because whenever there was any occasion, at birthday parties or anything, I always came in with a song. And, when I was about, when I was in middle school, I had a solo in some chorus. I was always in the chorus. And a friend of my father’s who was a musician heard me, and suggested that my voice was such that I would benefit from voice lessons. And, I was 12, 13 years old at the time. And I went to a woman, very well known in Philadelphia, and I was singing popular songs of course when I was out on my own, but she was a classical music teacher. And, I studied opera, and performed at various functions. And then as I got older, I morphed into jazz, which I later became, well, not proficient at, but I did it frequently.

I used to sing in clubs in New York. And in high school, we would always get bands at our dances, and I would sing with a band. And I made some recordings with some composers who needed demos. And up until I was well into my 30’s or 40’s. I used to sing in clubs. And, it’s only just recently that I have lost most of this capability, but it was fun growing up.

I don’t have the money. They weren’t mine, they were demos. They weren’t given to me. I did have one that somehow got lost in something, but I would sing original songs of these composers. Most of the songs were sort of awful, but it was fun. And then, and then I guess when I was in New York and advertising, a few times they would ask me to sing commercials for this client, not to be used, but it’s demos for the client. And I did that a number of times, but other than that, I never sang professionally.

I’ve lost my voice most of it, I can’t keep a note. I sing in the chorus here, but I tend to blend into everybody else. So you can’t hear me when I go off. I sang opera as a soprano. Of course. I was a lyric. No, I was a spinto, which is in between a lyric and a dramatic, but, when I sing in chorus and use drew, I was first alto. Especially with my jazz singing, I was alto.

Feb 27, 2020 I sang. And from the time I was old enough to remember, when I was very, very young, I discovered that I could sing. And I didn't know this was a unique factor. But, I s...

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Natural Disaster

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Feb 3, 2020

The natural disaster that I recall most vividly was Hurricane Sandy, and I was living in New Jersey at the time, right on the Hudson River. Sandy really hit us hard. The bottom two floors of my apartment building had to be evacuated. My building was filled mostly with young people, with children and they all had to leave their apartments for about four or five days and go, God knows where. Fortunately, I was on the third or fourth floor, I forget which, and evacuation was optional and I chose not to, which was fine, but the bottom two floors of our building with all the offices and meeting rooms and package rooms were all flooded out. All the stores on the Hudson, stores and the bank and offices were all flooded out and were all closed for about four to six weeks. We lived there in fear that these places wouldn’t open. That they would just decide that they didn’t want another bank of that type in Jersey City or a Duane Reade could do without this one. But fortunately they did all open up after about four to six weeks, but it was a very iffy time because there were few places to shop. Supermarkets were closed, delicatessens were closed, everything was flooded out.

Yeah, and I wasn’t personally affected, but my kids were very worried about me because they had no idea what the damage was where I was living. And I wasn’t familiar with my cell phone and I didn’t call them to tell them that I was all right and it was a mess. But anyway, I survived and I never want to have to go through it again. In fact, ever since then, whenever I got an apartment, I made sure I lived above the second floor so I wouldn’t be affected by another hurricane.

I don’t remember whether I had power or not. If I didn’t, it didn’t last very long. But I’ve been without power several times. But I don’t remember whether we were at that time, or whether we had water or I don’t think we were very affected that way. What I remember was we couldn’t shop, at the nearest stores, which were on the Hudson. We had to go West further into Jersey City because they weren’t affected by the floods, but that lasted about four to six weeks.

This was seven years ago. I had one daughter living in Manhattan, one living in Westchester, one living in, I can’t remember whether she was in Brooklyn or whether she was on the West coast, but none of them had any problems. They were all off the water.

It was amazing, my apartment had a view of the Hudson and I was sitting in my living room looking out at it and I could see the waters coming up into my building. It was scary, but it was absolutely fantastic. Very impressive.

Feb 3, 2020 The natural disaster that I recall most vividly was Hurricane Sandy, and I was living in New Jersey at the time, right on the Hudson River. Sandy really hit us hard. The bot...

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Wondrous Nature

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Jan 6, 2020

Well, having grown up in the East and going to school in the East, to me, mountains where the Catskills and the Adirondacks, and in Massachusetts, Mount Tom, Mount Holyoke. And when we moved to Colorado and started driving up to Vail and Aspen, and I saw the Rockies for the first time. That was amazing. To me, great scenery was the ocean and the minor mountains, but the Rockies were just unbelievable. And as many years as we were living out there and drove through them, I never got over the spectacle of them.

I lived in Colorado in the 70’s. We had a ski place in Vail and we lived in Denver. And a friend of ours was a building manager in Vail and we got an apartment from him. So we went up there right away, and we went out there for a number of years until I moved back to the East. We went skiing in the winter and vacationing in the summer. It was just an all year round, wonderful thing. But the Rockies were spectacular. And the mountains were even more beautiful in the summer, with the wild flowers and the aspens and it was beautiful. It’s dry up there, so you don’t really get the heat. And in the winter too, we had a heated pool at our condominium and we would swim in the winter. It was outdoors and the pool was heated, but we’d get out of the pool and it was so dry, you weren’t really that cold until you put a robe on or something. It was bearable.

East Coast skiing is very different. We stopped skiing on the East Coast because it was just not challenging enough. Oh yeah, I’m a black diamond skier!

Jan 6, 2020 Well, having grown up in the East and going to school in the East, to me, mountains where the Catskills and the Adirondacks, and in Massachusetts, Mount Tom, Mount Holyoke. ...

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Young Dreams

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Jan 23, 2020

From the time I was three years old, I was very interested in fashion. When I was three years old, I made my mother dye my socks so they matched my dress. I remember I had lavender socks and a lavender dress. And she dyed them all, and I wanted to be in fashion and I figured, “What would be more fun than buying clothes as a living?” So up until I was old enough to know what they did, I wanted to be a department store buyer.

My mother was completely uninterested in fashion and this was her one bone of contention that I would try to make her more style conscious and more fashionable. And she resisted every step of the way.

But up until I was in high school and I had some inspiring teachers did I change my ideas, but I used to play with my girlfriend. We used to play at the department store buyers and go to different shops and pretend we were buying.

But anyway, that’s what I wanted to be. And my Cooter Preference Test, I remember I answered it in such a way that it said, this is what I should do. And anyway, I couldn’t be farther away. My eventual life couldn’t be farther away from it than anything, but anyway, that’s what I wanted to be.

Oh, I read all the magazines, everything. Vogue, Calling All Girls… There are always teen fashion magazines and then I graduated to the adult ones, Vogue and Mademoiselle, and Glamour or whatever they were. But oh, I was fully immersed in it.

And my girlfriend and I, we had competitions every year as to who would be voted best dressed. She usually won.

Jan 23, 2020 From the time I was three years old, I was very interested in fashion. When I was three years old, I made my mother dye my socks so they matched my dress. I remember I had ...

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On Family

Life Story Club Contributor

Jan 16, 2020

I wanted to be different as I was growing up, but I wasn’t. And the older I got, the more like them I am. So I really am not very different from them. I have the same lifestyle. I like to do the same things. I admire them. My husband was very different and he wanted me to be more like him, but I unconsciously resisted this. My husband was…much more material, much more social, much more material, much more superficial.

I was raised with the same values, same interests. Looking back, I liked what I did with them. I mean I didn’t have a completely problem free childhood. But I never disagreed with anything, any basic tenants or anything.

My family was close when we were growing up. Now we’re not. I never see any members of my family. My parents and so forth are no longer alive but, and my sister lives across the country. But we’re basically very similar. She’s 10 years younger and we lead very different lives, but basically I think we’re fairly similar. I was a single child until after the war when my parents could afford to have another child. They waited. I was born during the Depression and then they couldn’t afford anything until after the war.

It wasn’t particularly hard growing up during the Depression. I never noticed it. I mean, my father had a job. My mother had a job. So we had a house, we had an au pair. I mean, we just weren’t affluent, but we didn’t have any problems. I don’t think it affected me at all. I still grew up to be just as material as they were.

Jan 16, 2020 I wanted to be different as I was growing up, but I wasn't. And the older I got, the more like them I am. So I really am not very different from them. I have the same lifes...

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