August 29, 1984.
My first rejection letter. This came from Father Joe Glass at our church, enclosed with the tape he was returning to my mother, informing her of the reasons why he didn’t want to use my recording at Aunt Carol’s funeral mass. Too much of a “tear jerker” he says. I don’t know whose idea it was to have my sister Leslie play this on the piano, have me sing, and then record it all, but I’m SO grateful that such a tape exists. It has to be my earliest musical recording, and what a beautiful document of my four-year-old self!
An interesting sidenote– Tonight I happened to be talking with Gramma on the phone, and she mentioned having spoken recently on the phone with Clara Mae Turner, the woman who sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in the movie version of Carousel. Quite a coincidence there! Then again, she also told me about the flowers she received from Julie Andrews… So that’s just Gramma, she’s a high-class kinda gal.
And now for the bonus track, “You Light Up My Life”: