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Riverside County, California, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 24 times over and a great-grandmother of 13. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I am a Board Certified genealogist and more information on all this, as well as direct contact info, is on my Circlemending website.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Music & the Old, and not so Old, West

Well, I am at the Bonanza convention (yup, a convention for fans of the old TV show) and am having a great time (making new friends, connecting with old ones, & enjoying Lake Tahoe, between watching videos of ... well, you can probably guess). Music is a major part of the whole weekend.

We are selling our CDs here, which is a nice "icing on the cake," but also listening to the CDs of the Bonanza stars (what? you didn't know there are CDs of Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, & Michael Landon? Well! These are remastered from their old LPs ... click here to check out the 4-disc set). And tonight we are part of the entertainment, singing old Western songs, calling the square dance, and introducing other performers (Mitch Vogel, who played Jamie Cartwright - yup, an even younger brother - is here & plays a mean guitar ... well, he plays mine because it's more convenient).

Music was part of the old west! My latest CD - "Songs of the American West" - is now available for order from CDBaby. From there you can hear clips and even download MP3s of the songs!

Well, the auction of Bonanza memorabilia is about to begin so I will have to blog more about Western songs at a later date!

"We chased Lady Luck till we finally struck BONANZA; with a gun & a rope and a hatful of hope, we planted our family tree!" Everybody sing!

One quick PS: I swear, half the people here have the Bonanza theme as their cell phone ring. The theme plays and 50 people are grabbing for their cell phones (whew, I'm not one of them ... my cell phone ring is the Flash Gordon theme!).

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