Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

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Dad is second from the left in the front.

My father is Ray Ludwig.  He’s traveled in ministry most of my life and can play a Hammond B-3 like you wouldn’t believe!  He’s preached and ministered through music all over the world and has traveled in ministry with Kenneth Copeland, Jimmy Swaggart, Doris Akers (composer of “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”), the late Hilton Sutton (one of his closest friends), the late Dr. C.M. Ward (Revivaltime Radio Broadcast), Roger McDuff, and so many others.  This picture is from the 1950s when Daddy was traveling with various Gospel quartets.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my father lately.  I am undeniably proud of my Dad and his story, but more than anything, I love him.

BookWalk: The Marvelous Toy

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Once again, I’ve chosen a book that blends my love for words with my passion for music.  The Marvelous Toy, is a book that contains the lyrics of one of my favorite songs.  I can’t begin to determine how many times I’ve happily listened to Peter, Paul, and Mary sharing this song and felt the joy of my own childhood.

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Tom Paxton is the composer of “The Marvelous Toy” and his words are brought to life through the brilliant illustrations of Steve Cox.  Paxton is a legend in the music industry and has notable fans, such as Pete Seeger.

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“…Paxton tells the tale of a strange and wonderful toy that moves and marches, bops and stops, zips, and whirs.”  (Taken from the cover notes)

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The Marvelous Toy shares the whole-hearted exuberance a father has as he shares one of his own treasured childhood toys with his son.  That is indeed what this book and song mean to me.  As a mom of two boys, I’ve taken a warm pleasure in sharing the song with them and hope that when they have their own children they’ll do the same.

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Included in this version of the book is a CD with four songs!

1)  “The Marvelous Toy” (with vocals)

2)  “Let the Wild Wind Blow”

3)  “All the Children”

4)  “The Marvelous Toy” (Instrumental)

Make some treasured memories!  Read and sing this one with your friends; young and old!

The Marvelous Toy

Tom Paxton, Words and Music

Steve Cox, Illustrator

Imagine!/A Peter Yarrow Book

ISBN – 13:  978-0-9822939-2-8

BookWalk: Forever Young

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Forever Young, by Bob Dylan and illustrated by Paul Rogers, offers a timeless blessing to all generations.

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This selection repeats Bob Dylan’s words of hopefulness and expectation as he looks in to the future and finds a world in which peace and harmony reign.  Rogers, the illustrator, has graciously allowed us to see his vision of those words and that world.

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Not only does this book repeat the lyrics of the classic song, but through Rogers’ illustrations numerous tributes are made to people and places that colored the 1960s.

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In the initial illustrations, a young boy is captured by the singing and strumming of a man on the street.  The man gives a guitar to the little boy; passing on the tool of his trade and the blessings that accompany it.

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Throughout the pages, the reader sees the young man grow and mature as he follows in the footsteps of the street musician and his message.  Eventually, the young man passes on that old guitar to a young girl with full expectation of the continuance of the message.

This book satisfies me in multiple ways.  It speaks to my musician, my teacher, and my book lover.  I hope you will enjoy it, too.

Forever Young

Bob Dylan, Author (Composer)

Paul Rogers, Illustrator

Atheneum

ISBN:  1-4169-5808-8

Teacher Resources: “Singin’ in the Bathtub” (John Lithgow)

John Lithgow makes me smile!  And laugh!  And sing!  He’ll make you and your kids sing, too if you’ll give this CD a try.  It’s “Singin’ in the Bathtub” and it’s packed with 14 songs that will get you all dancing, singing, and giggling.  You can’t help but giggle when you’re singing about Otto Zilch going “from the Indies to the Andes in his undies.”  I plan to have this CD playing in the background for our “Meet the Teacher” night.  It sets a great mood when parents and kids come to visit!

 

The song titles will give you a great sense of the feel of this CD.  They are:

  •   Everybody Eats When They Come to My House (Adaptation)
  • At the Codfish Ball
  • Singin’ in the Bathtub
  • A-You’re Adorable
  • The Gnu Song
  • You Gotta Have Skin
  • Triplets
  • No One Loves You any Better than Your M-O-Double-M-Y (Adaptation)
  • Swinging on a Star
  • I Had a Rooster
  • From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies
  • Big Kids
  • The Hippopotamus Song
  • The Inchworm

Trust me on this one!  You’ll love it!

“Singin’ in the Bathtub”

John Lithgow

Sony Wonder

ASIN:  B00000I8A3