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To All you Fathers out there

Yesterday the man who first introduced me to music, who taught me my first chord, who instilled in me this love for music and the guitar, My Father, lost his battle with emphysema. He lived on this earth for 86 years and I was glad to have 49 with him. This is not a sad post though but one full, for me, of good memories, and the reason for it is to encourage all you fathers out there to sing and play often for your children while they are very young. I remember as far back as I have concious thought of hearing my Dad playing and singing in our kitchen in the evenings and all the great old songs he used to sing and play and how all I could think about off and on while growning up is wanting to sing and play and make myself and maybe some others happy with music. My dad was not a famous or a great man to the rest of the world but he left me with this love of music we shared and this burning in my heart to share it with others. Please if you love it , pass it on to your children while they are very young, before the world comes in to draw them away with other things. It will be a gift they will have all their life.
Chet
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12/14/2000 2:54 AM

Scott C. Leatham (4546) wrote:

Chet,

I'm sorry to hear of your fathers passing. It seems that you have amny good memorys of your father and they are helping you through what must be a very trying time. Although I am not a father yet I hope to be someday. I will try to apply your words to my life and my childrens.

Scott

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12/14/2000 5:07 AM

Edward Azbell (1011) wrote:

Hey Chet,

I've sort of have that same thing going on in my house. Both my oldest son and daughter have taken a few lessons from me. They both have profiles on WN. Although they both would rather listen to music than play at this age(I did too!) I know someday their going to want to take more lessons and they know I'll be there for them. We're all music lovers, but just listening is not enough. Sorry to hear about your father, sounds like he was a great man.

Take care and Happy Holidays,
Edward

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12/14/2000 8:03 AM

Bruce Maag (15581) wrote:

My condolences Chester,

At least he lived to ripe age of 86. That's a feat in it's self. And you had all those wonderful years with him.

My son, has just taken up the guitar again for the second time. He is really progressing and loving it. I show him some stuff, and we jam together. A great Father - Son bonding tool!

He was showing me a song he is writing, just last night. I could see the excitement in his eyes. Choked me up.

My dad is 70 and I try to visit with him as much as possible. Because one day we all gotta go. If you put these things aside, and wait, you might be too late. Then a feeling of guilt will set in, that might never pass.

You two, did it right. And just from the sound of your post, you are ok with it.

I must go, this is a very enlighting post.

BEM

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12/14/2000 8:27 AM

Jim Burger (4613) wrote:

Hey Chet,

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss, I'm sure everyone at WN would like to send their condolensces. I'm glad to see that you're taking this as a joyful opportunity to reflect upon your dad's life -- it sounds like he created a lot of joy for a lot of people, and that is something worth celebrating.

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12/14/2000 9:01 AM

Rodd Barckhoff (1120) wrote:

Chet, i'm very sorry to hear of your loss. sounds like your father was a good man. thanks for sharing this message with us.

take care, my friend.

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12/14/2000 9:14 AM

Justin Frear (3769) wrote:

Great post, Chet. I know you'll miss him but I'm glad you have the memories that you do.

Take care,

J

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12/14/2000 10:03 AM

William Petersen (3362) wrote:

Chet,
I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. From what you say it seems that by inspiring you his songs and happiness will live on to be passed further down your family line. It is so wonderful to hear of a man who leaves such happy memories for his children. In the end I think that is what makes for an important life.

Bill

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12/14/2000 11:28 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

Chet,
I'm sorry to hear that, but on the other hand glad that you had a long time with him - and a good time it seems.
Actually, I can't really play for my 2 year old daughter, because as soon as I take out the guitar she comes running, gets a pick and hits the strings. All I have to do is fret some chords. Her sense of rhythm unfortunately still needs some work :)



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12/14/2000 12:21 PM

Paul Stelzmann (340) wrote:

My two year old daughter does this also. I let her strum and pick for a short while; then she plays with her toys (or rather objects from my desk) while I practice. I get a more intense and productive practice when she is not in the room, however I usually do it while she is there...she trains me to filter out distractions. I wonder how much of it she absorbs: scales, intervals, progressions, etc. It will be interesting to see.

Paul


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12/14/2000 1:07 PM

Chuck Stensrud (13014) wrote:

Chet,

I, too, am sorry to hear about your loss. My parents, now both gone, were not musicians, but they both loved music and they passed that heritage, along with lots of encouragement to develop musical ability, on to me. I know that while you will miss him, you will always treasure those memories.

%Chuck%

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