|Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, January 15, 1928|
When you told us how it came to be you served in the British Army after WWII, taken as a teenager from your native home of Belgrade when the Nazis invaded and placed you into a labor camp, I could never totally understand the pain you endured. In spite of the trauma, you managed to continue to love and inspire with your gift of storytelling, music, sports, planting, repairing, surviving.
I remember so vividly the weekends of music fests with your friends of different ethnicities; mommy and you playing your accordions while the music blared into our hearts and souls -- mommy's love of country music, your love of classical and contemporary music, too. Hardly anyone knew Bob Dylan, the troubadour who played the harmonica which you loved to play. You did, and introduced me to his music which forever changed my attitude towards life.
Fortunately, dementia has yet to stop you from playing your favorite tunes on the harmonica, or singing and swaying to your beloved music.
|Stationed in Hamburg, Germany serving in British Army, ca. 1948|
My sister taping Totti playing the harmonica, 2014
The days we, your children, came down with the measles, colds, or the flu, you'd be there with your
special way of saying everything will be all right with coloring by number. It was no coincidence that my/our love of art came from those gestures throughout my adolescence.
You taught us history through neurotic outbursts, again, from your teenage days in a labor camp which most profoundly taught me the futility of war. And in your way made me understand not to be afraid of hard work and the world around me.
There are no words that could possibly express how much you've done for me. Everything you've given remains in my memories and heart, forever.
I love you, Totti. Happy Father's Day!
My sister taping Totti singing Bixio's Mamma, 2014
Symphony No. 9, from Czech composer, Dvorak's "The New World"
Father's all-time favorite piece of music, period.
Dvorak's Going Home performed by Paul Robeson
Bixio's Mamma sung by Pavarotti,
Father's favorite Pavarotti song
Blowin In the Wind, Bob Dylan,
Father's favorite Bob Dylan song