Half a century, melted away!

I’ve just come home from spending half an hour or so with Mrs Else Brandman.

Turns out that she lives around the corner from where I have my paintings framed and opposite the park where my son and daughter and I have often sat and eaten very tasty fish and chips.

Mrs Brandman taught me to play the piano-accordion, soon after we arrived in Australia, until, one day, she said to me something like: That’s it. I cannot teach you any more.
Meaning that that was as skilled at playing the instrument as I was ever going to get. And that was excellent advice.

At that stage, I was attending Teachers College, down, in Wollongong, carrying my (heavy) accordion case there on the train, to use it for the singing and music that I had to learn to teach.
I bought her accordion, at that stage and really did not see her again, until today.
She is still as in control, as she was then and as she pointed out to the other lady present, when I visited her today. That was 50 years ago!

Would you believe – Well it’s really not that surprising! – that, when I got back in my car and turned on the music, Conny Frances was singing away, on my CD player and I was back in Maroubra, in the fifties, when life was: Maroubra Bay High School, Maroubra Beach – north end; Maroubra Junction and Bob Potters Dance Studio and going to another lesson, with Mrs Brandman, feeling guilty about not having practised enough.

As happened a lot, lately, she pointed out to me that I remembered so many details from so long ago. But then, when I reminded her that Georgina Cook used to have the half an hour before me and how seeing her used distract ! me no end, (I doubt that Georgina will remember me!) Mrs Brandman remembered exactly where Georgina used to live.
(I did too, because it was near my high school.)

What strikes me about today’s catching-up is that music has been like something that has flowed through us to our children.

Her son and daughter are both producing music as mine both have that interest and talent and, hopefully, they all make this world a better place.
My son has often been performing only two blocks away (Northies Hotel) from where she lives, in recent years.

Half a century, melted away!


Ramsgate Beach, Australia

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Thank goodness for Google. Found the lady who taught me to play the piano-accordion. Turns out she lives where I have often been.

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