Page 7 - "The Time We Had for One Another": The Curtis Family & Songs
ISSUE : Issue 55
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1990/8/1
too, a short time. They were sailing along. And one of the crew said the last he saw him he was walking along, and he stooped down and brushed his pants like that. The next thing, he had disappeared. So they never found his body. I was married and living at White Point. You know, down there visiting. They were fishing down there, (Tim) and his father and brother Dan. So they had a little house right above us--a little summer home. And they'd be back and forth to the house. They were all singers and pipers and violin players. They were talented and full of mu? sic. So, he had this song. I said. "Oh, Timmy, teach me the song." So he sang it a few times, and I picked up the air.... I was pretty young. But I'd pick up a song right quick. Or an air. You know, if I ev? er heard it, I'd always remember it or I'd have a line of it. I was quick. I loved singing and I loved music and I loved songs. Perhaps I'd, you know, be humming it in the day, and then I'd forget it. And perhaps when I'd lay down at night, I'd be going over--wouldn't it come to me. Rose, on another dav. a Nova Scotia is alive with sounds calling you to a time of scenic surprises, maritime folkways, rollicking festivals and down home fun. The sounds of Nova Scotia ... you'll hear them in your heart forever. 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Tommy Brown, worked in the woods. Now, I be? lieve it was in Maine--some part of Maine--and then again it could have been New Brunswick, I'm not sure. And Joe Scott was working there at the time. And I remember of Daddy telling us that his uncle told him--when they'd be going in the woods in the morning, (Joe Scott) would be composing, you know, bits of songs. And he'd be writing them with a little switch or twig in the snow, as he'd be going along. But this Tommy Brown, Dad's un? cle, learned the words of most of those songs. I'm sure probably all of Joe Scott's songs that Dad knew, he learned them from Tommy Brown. Tommy Brown learned them from Joe Scott himself. (Now Joe Scott would go out in the morning, your dad said, he'd be composing....) As he was going along, yeah. He'd be writing the line, like, in the snow, with a
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