Blog

I’ve decided to start a blog. It’s going to be a regular find on this website. The topic(s) will almost always be music and/or Klezmer related. I’ve been blessed as far as coming from a family with deep musical roots. There have been many stories and characters over the years. A lot of these fun times took place in Brooklyn. The Levinsky (original name) family bought a house on Williams Ave in the Brownsville section back in the early 1920’s. At that time, regular people could actually buy a house without having to give up their first born. The house was filled with music practicing as well as lessons. My grandfather Jack was serious about his students as well as his daily practice. He would wake up and pull his violin out from under his bed and start to play. Later on he would practice trombone and piano/accordion. In those days he would work in the pits of the Yiddish Theater on 2nd Avenue. There were also many Jewish nightclubs on the Lower East Side where musicians would work nightly until the wee hours of the morning. Let’s not forget about the silent movie circuit. Each theater would have a live band playing the soundtrack for the duration of the film. There would be several viewings per day providing a great deal of work for musicians at that time. One of my grandfather’s friends was a pianist by the name of Max Nacht. He was a well read gentleman who taught piano as well. Max wasn’t interested in making a lot of money. He would work the silent film circuit for a month or two in order to save a few dollars. He would then “take off” a month or two in order to do some reading and educate himself. Each day he bought a box of crackers and a container of milk. He noticed that the crackers and the milk were only half finished by the time he went to bed. He told my grandfather one day that he decided to get married. This was one way to ensure that the crackers as well as the milk would not go to waste!!!!!!! Who says there’s no such thing as true love!!!!!!!