Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It's the Pittmans, Again! -- Saturday, July 30, 2016 -- Part II

Our Aunt Helen Gagneux's family is represented in the talent show today at the Pittman Family Reunion held in Pitkin LA.  Emcee Dwight introduces Helen's son Charles, who plays, "How Great Thou Art" on his harmonica.  My impression of this instrument has always been that it is a difficult one to play, and I am amazed when I recognize his song.  Thank you, Charles.

Hubert's descendants display awesome talent today.  Daughters attending are Anita, Barbara, Glenda and Judy.  First on the stage is Barbara's daughter Jay with friend, Byrd, and their guitars.  They play and sing, "City of New Orleans."  It must be ESP -- I have had that song on my mind for days!  I love it!  And I love the way they do a great job of their rendition.  Such nice smiles on their faces, too.

Truly amazing is Judy's daughter, Dawn, who sings "Crazy," and sounds just like Patsy Cline.  She is so talented!  It would be nice to have more time so she could sing several songs.  I am told she does many performances at events in her town and for her church.  We are spellbound as we listen.  To add to our enjoyment is seeing that Dawn loves to sing.

Hubert's son, Frank, and wife Leta Faye sing a duet, with him leading out on the first verse, then Leta sings a verse, and next joins him with her harmony.  We could listen to them for hours.  At previous reunions before a planned 'talent show,' they played their guitars, the piano, and sang many, many songs.  It became an afternoon tradition.  Wonderful music.  

Demonstrating the family music scene is Frank with his guitar and son Paul on the banjo.

Dwight, did you take a break at all?  

Dwight calls next for Paul and his guitar to sing a song he wrote and titled, "Just for Fun."  Dwight says, "Take us out, Paul."  I hang onto every word as the song tells us how to let go, relax and do something just for fun -- in the midst of kids' homework, jobs, and other chores. Do I recall one verse suggests we walk a trail in the woods just to see where it goes?   What a life lesson we need to hear.  And this reunion today is certainly FUN!  Well, done, Paul.

Jay and Byrd -- "City of New Orleans"
Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Saturday, July 30, 2016

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