Some Family History

I was reading some blog the other day about musician websites. (Sorry – I can’t find the article now!) It was kind of a do’s and don’ts thing.  One of the points was about keeping the content on your blog relevant to your music.  If someone stumbles on your site, looking to check out your tunes, and your front page is filled with blog entries of smoothie recipes, then you might want to reconsider a few things.  You only really have a few seconds of someone’s attention when they land on your site, right?

I agree, to a certain extent, that a musician’s blog should stay focused on the music.  But there can be a balance.  Today is one of those days where I’m going to veer off and post something a bit more random.

Ali and I drove down to St. Catharines for a spontaneous (and very brief) visit yesterday.  I’ve been trying to visit my Babcia as much as possible these days.  Yesterday’s visit was lovely.  As usual, we sat at her kitchen table and ate some pierogies.  And she told stories about the war, about living on the farm in Poland, about coming to Canada, and about my Dzadziu (grandfather).

He was 17 when he went to fight for the Polish army in WW2.

He survived the war, and I was lucky to have him around until he died of a stroke when I was in my late teens.  But he’s still a mystery to me.  His English wasn’t very good, so I never really had a conversation with him.  I loved learning a bit more about him yesterday. It was quite a trip, looking through all these old photos with him riding a white horse, smoking cigarettes with his army buddies.  And to hear stories I’d never heard before.

I think it’s important to learn about your family history…before it’s too late.

Start with the oldest family members.  They are the wisest!

My Babcia and Dzadziu (Mary and Joesph Bemben) on their wedding day.

4 Responses to Some Family History

  1. Phil says:

    Your blog is the only blog I read regularly. It is always interesting and always relevant, even if the ‘line’ from the blog content to your music is not straight, your posts always seem to be ‘relevant’ to the music. This post is no exception. Who you are is your music. Where you come from is who you are. Thanks for writing.

  2. joshua says:

    Agreed Phil. I don’t like drawing lines between writing about your life and your music. They’re the reasons for each other, and I always find it fascinating to read about the lives of artists whose music I love. It gives some deeper meaning and sometimes understanding to why I love it. Plus, that’s a completely awesome photo of your grandparents.

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