JWG (jwg) wrote,

Music is important to me: late high school, college years and bit after

While at MIT I did listen to lots of records. I had a record player in my room and a small collection of records - and you could take records out from the MIT library. Also they had a pseudo-radio-station in the dorms - wires outside the window that you could connect to your amplifier. I went to a few concerts - in Symphony Hall. There was a piano room in the basement of the dorm and I occasionally played it for myself.

During the summers of high school and college I was a counselor at summer camp - first in Maine, and then in Vermont. The camp in Maine, Tacoma Pines is no longer in existance but was run by my gym teacher from Dalton. In nearby Monmouth, Maine there was a repertory Gilbert and Sullivan operetta company, the American Savoyards. A bunch of us went there every week. Most people sitting in the back of a truck and me driving for the last several years. One coincidental thing was that one year as a counselor one of the boys in my cabin was Robert' s rsc brother.

The camp in Vermont, Camp Killooleet, still exists. It was run by John Seeger, Pete's brother, and my geography teacher in Dalton; now run by his daughter. I went to Killooleet as a kid from 1947- 1951; outgrew it so I went to Tacoma Pines from 1952-1958 - evolving into a counselor. Tacoma Pines went out of business so I then was a counselor at Killooleet from 1959-1961. There was lots of folk music there - my co-counselor one year was Ed Badeaux -(deceased) a close friend of Pete, Sing Out! editor... So I learned to play the banjo. On my way home from camp that year I stopped in a used-stuff store and bought a banjo - which I still have. It's not in very good shape and I can barely play it - should try again.

In 1962 I left the academic world to start a career in software engineering. I had a roommate for a while who was very interested jazz and he got me into it. We went to a few live performances: John Coltrane, and others. To this day, Dave Brubeck's Take Five is one of my favorites.

I never was much into pop music, but then there were The Beatles - that opened my mind. And their wearing long hair began to make it acceptable. And who can forget Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival (no, I wasn't there) with an electric guitar? These events got me into a much broader range of musical performance that I liked. And yes, I still like classical music and occasionally dabbled at the piano.

And thus my record collection - and CD collection - has a wide range of classical, folk, jazz, Beatles, etc. And more as you'll see in future posts.
Tags: music, nostalgia, personal

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