Musing on my other lovely sibling

Most of the time I have no idea how I influenced by sister growing up. She’s almost 10 years younger than me and when I was younger that seemed an enormous and sometimes painful gap. A 6 year old sharing a room with a 16 year old is not an easy thing a good share of the time. Now the gap seems like nothing until last night.

I had given her a cd of yesterday’s play list which is mostly 50’s music and one other that had 60’s music like the Beach Boys and others.

She drives twice a week all around L.A. for her job so I thought she could listen in the car.

She came home and surprised me. She didn’t like the 50’s cd but she wanted more stuff from the 60’s and in particular a lot of the folk music I have. When I asked why that, her reply. “It’s what you were playing all the time and I like it.” Her whole childhood in our room was spent listening to me learn to play the guitar and eventually becoming fairly good at it.

What did she want? Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon and Garfunkel, The Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, and John Denver and anything else I wanted. And she wanted all the versions of the same songs as in both JD’s and P,P&M’s version of “Leaving on a Jet Plane’. In other words, all the things I was playing at home and learning to play for the kids at camp. It never occured to me that she was listening all those years ago. And at the time I probably wouldn’t have cared. I thought she was a brat in my space.

She also wanted old Broadway musicals like Brigadoon and anything Rogers and Hammerstein, or Annie Get Your Gun. That was no surprise since our parents dragged us to shows from birth. I think I was 5 or so when Mom and Dad took Cam and I to Brigadoon and started a lifelong love affair with showtunes.

If I had known I would have dragged her to concerts like when I went to see P,P & M alone because none of my friends would go with me to the Greek Theatre and sat in the very last row and had one of the most fun concert experiences of my life. I did take her to see S & G a few years ago when they had there reunion tour.

This is gonna be fun.