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Options December 17, 2007: Songs for a smiling man, and a sweet set from Hungrytown.

Ten weeks to the day after my mother, my dad, Ralph Thomas Trudel passed away at age 84.

My parents were a very close couple, even though my dad had spent nearly the last two years of his life in a nursing home apart from her. Ralph had broken his hip in early November. I believe he died of a broken heart (quite literally-- he had a heart attack a week after breaking his hip, and it's what broke down on him in the end).

Ralph nearly always had a smile on his face, even when times were tough. He'd had his share of those, raising five children on a middle class income, managing to give us all a decent home and love. In later life he was a survivor of prostate cancer, a broken neck, a broken shoulder, a stroke (and a few small ones) and various heart ailments. Somehow he managed that smile and a few bad jokes along the way to get himself through it all. I usually knew that he was doing okay when we'd have the following exchange: Me, "How are you feeling?" Dad, "Oh, with my hands."

Dad passed on Pearl Harbor Day, December, 7, 2007-- in some ways very appropriate for the proud WWII veteran that Ralph was. He and my mom Lois are at peace, and together again.

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The "rivals" (my dad was a lifelong NY Yankees fan, having been born in the Bronx. I was born in Flushing, Queens, NY, home of the NY Mets, so I developed a fondness for the "underdogs." Dad and I would have many gentle "arguments" over which was the best baseball team.
Joshua Rifkin: Joseph F. Lamb  "Ragtime Nightngale"   Options Rags and Tangos  London 
William Bolcom  "Graceful Ghost"   Options Heliotrope Bouquet: Piano Rags 1900 - 1970  Nonesuch 
Paul Lolax: Joplin  "The Entertainer"   Options Ragtime Guitar: Selected Works of Joplin and Lamb  Titanic 
William Bolcom: Joplin  "Heliotrope Bouquet"   Options Heliotrope Bouquet: Piano Rags 1900 - 1970  Nonesuch 
James P. Johnson  "Blues for Fats"   Options    
Earl Hines Trio  "Honeysuckle Rose"   Options    
Fats Waller  "Ain't Misbehavin'"   Options    
Hearing is Believing!  "Rhapsody in Blue"   Options Hearing is Believing demonstration record  RCA 
Mead Lux Lewis  "Honky Tonk Train"   Options Cuttin' the Boogie: Piano Blues and Boogie Woogie   

Ralph Trudel as a boy on the backyard fence, either in the Bronx or Jackson Heights, Queens, where the family later moved.
Richard Thompson  ""Al Bowlley's in Heaven"   Options    
Judy Garland  "Over the Rainbow"   Options    
The Mills Brothers  "Shine"   Options Four Boys and a GuitarThe Essential Mills Brothers  Columbia Legacy 
Paul Robeson  "Ol' Man River"   Options The Odyssey of Paul Rosebon  Omega Classics 
Teddy Thompson  "Down Low"   Options Upfront and Down Low  Verve Forecast 
Hungrytown  "Hungrytown Road"   Options Hungrytown   
Live performance by Hungrytown (Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson)
  -"Rose or the Briar"
  -"One Morning In May"
  -"Rosemary Lane"
  -CD: "Sylvie"
  -"Every Day"
  -CD: "Solid Ground"
  -"With Tomorrow" (Gene Clark)
  -CD: Erica Smith - "Start from Nothing"
Hungrytown  "November Song"   Options    
Erica Smith and the 99 cent Dreams  "The World is Full of Pretty Girls"   Options    
Alice Bierhorst  "Come Little Baby"   Options The Vigil  Shur 

Dad, in his Army uniform in WWII. As an engineer, he helped build bridges over the Rhine in Germany to assist troop movements. Ralph was especially proud of his activities later in life with the American Legion as a chaplain and treasurer in the Morristown, NJ area (where our family made its home from 1969 to 2007).
Fritz Reiner & The Chicago Orchestra: Richard Strauss  "Also Sprach Zarathustra"   Options Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra  BMG 

Listener comments!

  Mon. 12/17/07 3:12pm Sean Daily:

First comment! Woo hoo!
  Mon. 12/17/07 3:14pm Parq:

Always loved Rifkin doing Joplin - didn't know there were guitar transcriptions.
  Mon. 12/17/07 3:25pm Wes:

Fats! I owe you, Fats.
  Mon. 12/17/07 3:39pm jonathan:

sorry about your parents. really.
  Mon. 12/17/07 3:45pm Aaron:

Hey, I'm so sorry about your Dad. You're playing just beautiful music this hour; thanks so much for it all.
  Mon. 12/17/07 3:45pm Scott:

My mother died about 11 weeks after my father, while apparently in good health, although a smoker. Lots of people told me they knew of similar cases among their family and friends. I know how you feel. It's a lot to take in less than 3 months.
  Mon. 12/17/07 3:51pm Sean Daily:

My condolences, Irene. It's a lovely show.
  Mon. 12/17/07 4:11pm mike:

irene sweet show sorry for your loss.i was thinking of you last week ashow you did about 10 yrs ago w/tom rapp pearls beforeu.swine. thank you.
  Mon. 12/17/07 4:13pm north guinea hills:

wow...(been busy w/ work), awesome tributes. super condolescences.

i actually have that joseph lamb ragtime album. tasey treats, thanks!
  Mon. 12/17/07 5:42pm lipwak:

Wagner! Great music for strong passions.
  Mon. 12/17/07 5:43pm lipwak:

Oops. Strauss...
  Mon. 12/17/07 5:49pm north guinea hills:

(was writing comment when rudely interrupted by my boss, how there he!) what an elegiac ending! I love strauss! veru fitting (wipes away tear)
  Mon. 12/17/07 5:50pm north guinea hills:

there = dare, obviously need to go home and take my disco nap....
  Mon. 12/17/07 5:55pm Rob M.:

hello Irene, I'm a new listener over in Rochester, NY ((sufferin' cold grad student at R.I.T. --- I got turned on to ur station a few days ago by a pal all the way over in Oklahoma of all places even tho I'm only 5 hours away from ya, how 'bout that----he listens to a show at WFMU called "The HOUND" which has a great archive of all it's old shows & after I heard some of it, I decided to checkout your current-streaming-music & sure enough, after just 1 or 2 songs, you cued-up the current 2001/Also Sprach Zarathustra from Reiner & The Chicago Orchestra doing Richard Strauss,,, GREAT music--from what might be my favorite film of all time;-).....sorry to hear ya mention your Dad's passing, but this is an incredibly good tribute to him---good job;-).....keep up the music,, I'll keep u folks bookmarked on my computer & listen some more, happy holidays-- peace,, Rob ( (btw---yall should check out our station WITR, a pal of mine does a show there, it's VERY good for a college-indie-station & I think they also stream some of their stuff, but if they don't, they still have a website if you just google the call-letters or our school or whatever...peace out.)).
  Mon. 12/17/07 6:03pm old europ:

we feel with you
we here with you
  Fri. 12/21/07 9:55am Howling Rabbit:

Mono is the best! I have burned stereo recordings to CD, converting the stereo mix to mono in the process.
  Fri. 12/21/07 11:47am K:

I tuned in to your windblown tunes show (week before last) via the web. It reminded me how your show had turned me on to WFMU almost 10 years ago, the best musical input in my life here without decent radio or record stores. Thanks and very sorry about your loss.
  Sat. 12/22/07 4:42pm Kai:

What a beautiful show. Your dad wda liked it a lot I am sure. be well, Irene.
  Mon. 1/7/08 12:36pm Pete:

Last summer my grandpa passed away 3 weeks after my grandma's funeral. They were together for over 60 years. You're in our prayers!
  Tue. 6/18/13 12:09pm Irene:

Hi Irene - distant cousin from New York, Your Dad and my mother were cousins. You used to come and visit us in Forest Hills - Otto Ehe was my grandfather - his sister was your fathers grandmother.
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