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Comment by Robert Williamson on June 15, 2016 at 3:18pm

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Comment by Clyde Joseph Ortego on June 14, 2016 at 1:07pm

I meant too bad we all don't live close to each other, so we could get together and have a grand old time.

Comment by Clyde Joseph Ortego on June 14, 2016 at 1:03pm

Thanks to All:

I am grateful to the kind and reassuring words from everyone, and I will get back to playing again in the near future.

My wife and her aunt along with my older cousin loves to hear me play my instruments, so I will play for the living while I remember the deceased ones who enjoyed them as well.

Too bad we all do live close to each other so we could get together at least a couple of times a month for some fun playing and company.

Thank you again

Clyde J.Ortego.

Comment by Robert on June 14, 2016 at 8:56am

Sympathies, Clyde.  I lost my Dad 13 months ago (age 90).  Not that he was a 'fan' of our music, but he was always supportive.  He and Mom bought me my first guitar.  She passed in 2001, just a day before her 76th birthday.  I dreamed of them both just last night.

Comment by Stephen Leigh on June 13, 2016 at 7:18pm

Clyde -- so sorry to hear about your father.  My own father passed away in 2013.  He and my mother often came out to hear me play, and after he died, there were certain songs that I know he always like to hear me sing that I could barely get through afterward.  There's still one or two that I have to be careful about what I'm thinking as I'm playing them or I'll get choked up and can't continue.

Mostly, we all need time to get through the initial grief.  The sorrow never completely goes away and you certainly never forget, but things eventually get easier.

Comment by Dave Fengler on June 13, 2016 at 6:35pm

Sorry for your loss Clyde and FG.  My father died in 1993, more than half my life ago.  I've never been a singer, only a wanna be that's half tone deaf.  I sing in my head and the car though.  Maybe some day I'll surprise people and just do it.

Comment by Randy Lee Hano on June 13, 2016 at 5:55pm

Sorry for your loss Clyde...

My mother passed 4 years ago and it had the opposite effect on my singing and playing. I was able to relate to lyrics better and emotions in my singing improved so much that my playing followed.

In respect, I did stop playing for almost a year when Danny Gatton took his own life. I was heavy fan and when he passed, it was the day music died for me. When I started playing a year later, it was like starting all over again.

My tip to you is just pick up the guitar and not try to play it. Just let it flow slowly and eventually you will back to where you left off. Good luck and Aloha! 

Comment by Mike Raeburn on June 13, 2016 at 5:37pm

There are of course some 'difficulties' with taking up singing again, my partner really likes the 'Banana Boat Song' ;-) Bit of a test that for a traditional Scots singer! However one should always leave an audience smiling so perhaps...

As an example I was at a concert the other night by a well respected duo, the songs were all very earnest and socially correct. And dead boring! They finished with an encore that had most of the audience ready to slit their wrists. You need a laugh every now and then!

Comment by Clyde Joseph Ortego on June 13, 2016 at 5:22pm

Thanks Fella's:

I will need to make it a point to get back to playing again so I can get as the Hawaiian's say that ALOHA spirit back.

It means if you don't continue something you love you will be a hole in midair.

Again Thanks for the inspirational words.

Happy Strumming

Clyde j. Ortego

Comment by Clyde Joseph Ortego on June 13, 2016 at 5:14pm

Thank You Florida:

My wife's aunt loves to hear me play either my Baritone Ukulele or either of my Guitars, so I will play it for her to hear while she is here on this God's Green Earth to enjoy, and I will play for my wife as well here at the house so she can enjoy the lovely sounds they make.

Sorry for the loss of your  Father My passed in 2008.

Have a Blessed Day and Week:

Clyde J. Ortego


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