Music and Memory

by Elias Blum

Looking through my father’s music collection, thinking about music and the memories it evokes.

There is lots of Sam Cooke, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Van Morrison. Then some Gilbert & Sullivan, Handel, Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

I have memories of him listening to all this music when I was growing up, especially in the car on long journeys (except when Test Match Special or I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue was on the radio, of course) or while he was smoking his pipe – in the study or in the garden – on Sunday afternoons.