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

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mr Piano, Roger Williams

Pianists are amazing talents. I love to sing and I just open my mouth to do that. I can plunk out a few songs on our piano, but I'm at awe when I watch and listen to a pianist who really knows the craft. One of my favorites is Roger Williams.

Roger Williams rose to fame in the 1950s with his rendition of "Autumn Leaves". Lots of other beautiful songs followed. Here are a few: "Almost Paradise" "Til" (so very haunting!) and "Somewhere In Time" (from the Christopher Reeve movie filmed on Mackinac Island, MI).

He's played for eight presidents... And he is still around! The sad and latest word is that at 86, Roger is battling pancreatic cancer and the treatment side effects. A friend has requested us to keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

An interesting insight into the man behind the music is found in an on line video interview. What does he think about rap music? Music in today's school system? Did you know his dad was a professional boxer and didn't want him to be a sissy, so he learned how to box as a kid, too. He eventually found out that the piano actually drew the women to him! Click here for the interview.

Roger has several new cd projects in the works. Varese Sarabande Records will release "The Man Called Mr Piano" on July 19th of this year.

His website is: www.mrpianotoday.com.

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