The Brothers Kingdom Band- My Crazy Life in the 70s

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After returning from Viet Nam in 1970, my only skills were shooting people and playing music. With those limitations, combined with the humiliation of returning to an unsupportive America, it was impossible to find work to support my wife, Christine, and newborn son, Justin. So, I got together with two of...
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The Beatles and Liverpool

The Beatles and Liverpool
I always enjoyed watching the Beatle’s on TV, listening to their music on the radio, and keeping up with news of them via entertainment news.  One year I gave each of my teenaged children a record (those old 45’s) “And So This Is Christmas” for Christmas.  I thought the message in...
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Self-Hypnosis For Music Lovers

Self-Hypnosis For Music Lovers
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Self-Hypnosis For The Music Lover   As he sat at the keyboard of his computer listening to the muted horns of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol on a 33 1/3 rpm record that he had not listened...
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My life long love of music

From an early age Judith remembers listening to and enjoying music.  Her parents had a record player and they played a wide range of classical music.  At Nambour High School she went to classical music concerts. And to this day she finds classical music uplifting.  
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Writing My First Song

Writing My First Song
this song made it to number 100,000 on the music charts     I HAD BEEN PLAYING THE GUITAR FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AT THIS POINT OFF AND ON. THEN ONE DAY I WAS SITTING WITH MY BROTHER JIM AND MY COUSIN LARRY WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I JUMPED...
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music and family

music and family
  listen to the audio if you dare at the top of this story Music and Family   I belong to a large family which took an enormous effort from both my parents and all the siblings. We never asked for any material things from my folks and I believe they...
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Jimmy Found His Place

Jimmy Found His Place
With 10 kids it was impossible for my parents to give any of us much one on one personal time. Although many of could argue that there was definitely a "favorite" and also the "baby" and of course, the last little girl, all of whom received maybe just a "little" more...
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There Was No Generation Gap

At Mid-20th-Century radio stations broadcast only on what is now called “talk” or “AM” radio.  The static-free sound of FM radio was far in the future.  Our radios gave us news, entertainment and music.   And what music it was.  The “highbrow” music lover had only to avoid “The Grand Ol Opry”...
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It Hit Me In Stride

It Hit Me In Stride
Mum was and still is a fantastic singer. She sang like Billy and Ella during her teens. Dad was all about Country music and sang like Ferlin, George and Hank. With 10 kids in the house they played music all the time, Mum on the piano and Dad on the guitar....
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My Mother and Her Sisters

My Mother and Her Sisters
My mother was from a family of nine sisters and one brother. Uncle John was the first born. Can you imagine all those sisters coming one by one, and uncle John hoping he'd have a brother?  He had to have loved all of his sisters though as they were all so much...
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Squirting fresh milk for the cats, as the band played on

Growing up on a farm was much different in the 1950s and 1960s than it is today.  With six siblings younger than I, there wasn't much time for either music or movies.  The local movie theater was in Garland, about five miles away.  I'm sure I attended some movies, but nothing...
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Music in my life!

Music in my life!
  Starting from the beginning – remembering my music experiences through the years   . When I was just 2 or 3 my mother sang songs to me. I remember learning the songs, “I Have Two Little Hands” and “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam”. There were many others, but these...
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2009 Alysia participates in Gold Cup



This Storyboard is all about Alysia, my second child and daughter.
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Tom Jones and Me

Normal 0 false false false EN-AU X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 I only met Welsh singing sensation Tom Jones for a couple of  hours in 1965 but the memory of him has remained indelible in my mind. Tom was touring Australia with a ‘Best of British’ concert group, along with Manchester’s answer to...
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Music and My Life

Music and My Life
  Video: Ashokan Farewell (violin: Kathy Larsen, piano: Rachelle Larsen, tin whistle: Steve Smith) played at a retirement community in Idaho July 2009 as part of the annual Larsen Family Musicale.   Music flows through every aspect of my life.    As I write this, I am sitting at my laptop...
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Music In My Soul

"If we ever get into an argument, take me dancing”, I said to my new husband. That is when I fully realized the value of music in my life.   I cannot remain angry if I’m dancing. I just enjoy it too much.  The funny thing is even though he did not dance...
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My Band- Brothers Kingdom

My Band- Brothers Kingdom
I miss this era so much!!   It felt so nice having Jimmy and Johnny onstage again after over 3 decades. Jimmy comes up first to sing Blackbird. I picked up the wrong guitar for the song. I needed the one that was tuned to an open tuning and instead picked...
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