Posted by Leslie at Dec 11, 2012 6:00 am
I am sure you all know by now that I come from a pretty theatrical family. Bruce and the girls and I all love to act in plays and to sing. In fact, I was just cast in a show with my youngest daughter–The Women–in a community theater production. I’m super excited to be doing it with her, and with some great friends.
Anyway, it’s not just my immediate family who loves to perform. I grew up standing around the piano, singing with my father, who had (has) the most beautiful, Frank Sinatra’ish voice. I sometimes wonder what his life might have been like if he’d been discovered singing as a teenager, rather than meeting my mom and going on to be a hard-working father of six. Some of my best memories of my childhood are of singing with him, and I was doing the old standards from the time I was about five years old.
A few years ago for Christmas, I gathered up all my dad’s old reel-to-reel tapes, on which he’d recorded not only a lot of our singing but parties and conversations from the 60’s-70’s and had them converted into digital files. I burned cd’s for everyone in my family, made up a notebook and gave them to my father and my siblings for Christmas. They were a BIG hit. And I was thinking about those–how important and special they were to everyone–and came up with another idea for this holiday season. We’re watching our pennies right now, so we’re not going to buy gifts for everyone, but I am working on a project. I pulled out those old tapes and grabbed the Christmas songs off them. I then asked my siblings and my father & his wife to all record a Christmas song or two and send it to me. They were all willing, and I now have a collection of about 15 songs–old and new, classics and modern, solos and group numbers. I have made a pretty label and cover jacket and will burn copies of the entire “Now That’s What I Call A Smith Family Christmas” CD’s for everyone in time for Christmas day.
I am super excited about this project, and am so proud of the amazingly talented–and big-hearted, easy-going family I have.
In case you want to step back into 1972 with me…here’s my dad, my sisters and me singing The Christmas Song.
Ray and girls singing The Christmas Song