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Embraceable Past

WT Price, about 1946Long story short, I wound up sorting through my old sound clips yesterday and reorganizing some old project files. But then I got stuck. I heard my father sing "Embraceable You."* Ohhhhhh -- I couldn't stop listening...

He recorded the song on October 1, 1946. He and his wife-to-be (and my future mom) were playing with her recording machine, a turntable that cut audio grooves into 78 RPM platters. He is in love.

I listened over and over, making adjustments, trying to get rid of the hiss and crackles, trying to push aside the veil of time, trying to throw my arms around this 24-year-old crooner, home from war, and madly in love with a woman who was not only beautiful and songful, but smart enough to operate her own recording system.

"Embraceable You" sung by Walter "Curly" Price 10.1.1946 (2 min 24 sec):

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* by George & Ira Gershwin, 1930