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Let Me Call You Sweetheart

As we exited the sanctuary after my mother’s funeral the pianist played Let Me Call You Sweetheart. In 2006 I spent many hours interviewing my mother about her childhood and one of the things she told me was………

 “When I was a child we traveled with a horse and sleigh in winter. But in summer my Dad got out his Ford touring vehicle which he kept up on blocks in the garage during the snowy months. Our Ford had curtains you snapped on instead of windows. 

My grandparents' car standing outside their farmhouse in Drake, Saskatchewan

My grandparents’ car standing outside their farmhouse in Drake, Saskatchewan

My Dad always wanted our family to sing when we traveled anywhere together in the car.  I remember him singing lots of Negro spirituals and other songs like Way Down Upon the Swannee River,  Down By the Old Mill Stream and Let Me Call You Sweetheart.”

Mom also told me that she and her siblings were big Bing Crosby fans and they had quite a number of his 78 records.  Her Dad liked Bing Crosby too and since he was an excellent whistler he often whistled Bing Crosby tunes. In 1934, when my mother was nine years old Bing released a recording of Let Me Call You Sweetheart that became a big hit for him. 

mother and daughters at the pianoWhen I was a child my mother routinely spent an hour or more on Sunday afternoons at the piano playing all kinds of music that had been popular in her childhood and teen years. Let Me Call You Sweetheart was one of her standards.

marylou and dorothyTwo months before my Mom died I went along with my grandson to his Kindermusik class and one of the songs the children sang and danced to was Let Me Call You Sweetheart.  I told Mom about it when I got home and even though at that point in time it was sometimes difficult for her to remember things she sang the whole chorus to me word for word. 

My Mom playing the piano with her granddaughter

My Mom playing the piano with her granddaughter

I included Let Me Call You Sweetheart in the list of suggested music I gave to Roxanne Klassen the accomplished pianist and organist who served at Mom’s funeral and it was her idea that she could play it as we left the church. I could almost hear my Mom singing along.

My Mom conducts her friends in college

My Mom conducts her friends in college

I’ve been writing a series of posts about the music at my mother’s funeral. Music was such an important part of our mother’s life and we wanted that reflected at her funeral. Writing these posts is a way to help me remember and reflect on that music because the day of the funeral I was too emotional to really do so. Here are a list of the other posts I’ve done so far………

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God of Eve and God of Mary

My  talented daughter-in-law sang this piece unaccompanied in her lovely soprano voice at the very beginning of my mother’s funeral.

Mom holding me

God of Eve and God of Mary,
God of love and mother-earth,
thank you for the one who with us
shared her life and gave us birth.

My sister and I in dresses Mom sewed for Christmas. You can see the stockings are hung.

As you came to earth in Jesus,
so you come to us today;
you were present in her caring
that prepared us for life’s way.

My mother second from the end between her father and brother

Thank you for belonging, shelter,
bonds of friendship, ties of blood,
and for those who have no children,
yet are parents under God.

My parents with their family in 2008

God of Eve and God of Mary,
Christ our Brother, human Son, 
Spirit, caring like a Mother,
take her love and make us one!

– words by Fred Kaan ( slightly adapted)

You might also want to read……….

My Mom

Lord You Have Come To The Lakeshore

Thinking About Mothers At the Met

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