Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Percy Faith and his orchestra

One of the most successful orchestra leaders of the 1950s and 60s was Canadian Percy Faith. I was astounded when I spoke with a talented young musician recently who had never heard of this musical genius. How quickly the music world forgets.

When Percy Faith was a child, he was a violinist and pianist. After a fire damaged his hands, he turned to conducting on the radio during its 1930s and 40s heyday. Later when albums became the rage, he put out a slew of instrumental orchestrations on LP for Columbia.

See the album "Brazil!" above? When I was a kid, my mom had this in her collection. I played the record over and over and apparently was so fascinated by the woman on the album (covered with confetti) that I took a magic marker and added to the artwork! (Unfortunately this work of art is no longer available for viewing after all these years).

Many of Percy Faith's albums were upbeat and lively, such as his Brazil and other Latin American tribute albums. His most famous song is "Theme From A Summer Place" which you can listen to and watch a rare video of Percy conducting his famous orchestra here. The song was record of the year in 1961.

His Christmas orchestrations sound like they could have come directly from heaven itself. Click here and see if you agree!

No need here to elaborate on what is already done better. A marvelous tribute to the man and his music is maintained at www.percyfaithpages.org, which I highly recommend. Click here to go there!

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