Talented Tuesday: Lyrics & Music

When I reflect on my parent’s lives, I think, “Wow! They really knew how to live.”  There was never a dull moment, and if there was, it was because we were asleep, and even then, there was noise, as my father snored so loud you would think a train was running through the house!

I remember my parents always coming up with a tune, a beat, some words, and making their own music.  There was always something being created at home.  Our home was always lively, yes, and there were only four of us that lived in the home.

Below are some songs my parents created.

THE WONDERER
LYRICS & MUSIC
BY
WALTER J. PORTER & BETTY M. PORTER
I WONDER WHY MY BABY LEFT POOR ME/repeat 4 times
I WONDER WHERE COULD MY BABY BE/ repeat 3 times
I WONDER WHY MY BABY LEFT POOR ME
I WONDER WHO IS HOLDING HER TIGHT/repeat 4 times
I WONDER WHY MY BABY LEFT POOR ME
BRIDGE
WHO WHERE WHY, WHY, WHERE WHO
FEELING SO LONESOME FEELING SO BLUE
ONLY HER LOVE CAN EASE THIS PAIN
ANOTHER NIGHT WITHOUT HER WILL DRIVE ME INSANE
I WONDER WHEN IS SHE COMING BACK/repeat 3 times
I WONDER WHO, WHERE, WHY, WHERE CAN MY BABY BE
COPYRIGHT 1990
LADY BLUES/MR. BLUES
LYRICS AND MUSIC
BY
WALTER J. PORTER & BETTY MAE PORTER
LADY BLUES/MR. BLUES MAY BE INTERCHANGED IN THE SONG/MALE OR FEMALE VOCALIST
 
LADY BLUES IS MY CONSTANT COMPANION
WALKS WITH ME EVERY NIGHT AND DAY
LADY BLUES IS MY CONSTANT COMPANION
ASKED ME WHY DID YOU GO AWAY
LADY BLUES IS MY CONSTANT COMPANION
ASKED ME WHY DID OUR LOVE GO WRONG
LADY BLUES IS MY CONSTANT COMPANION
ASKED ME WHY DO I SING THIS SONG
BRIDGE
I TOLD HER I WILL NEVER KNOW THE REAL REASON WHY
THAT YOU ENJOY INFLICTING ALL OF THIS PAIN ON SUCH AS ME
I TOLD HER THAT I WILL NEVER KNOW THE REASON WHY
EXCEPT THAT MAYBE SOME LUCKY HAS CAUGHT YOUR EYE
LADY BLUES I KNOW SOMEDAY WILL LEAVE ME
SOON I HOPE SHE WILL SET ME FREE
CAUSE MY HEART WON’T KNOW PEACE OR CONTENTMENT
TIL SHE BRINGS HER LOVE BACK TO ME
COPYRIGHT 1990
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Talented Tuesday: Christine Gilliard Culley

Christine G. Culley
Photo by DeLaigle, (Harlem)
I am highlighting Christine G. Culley, who is the daughter of the trumpet player, Wendell Phillip Culley.  Christine was born January 3, 1930 in Manhattan, New York and died September 1, 2009.  
I went to New York June 8, 2010, and had not realized she died.  She had become a recluse, and frankly had no contact with any surviving family members of her generation or after.  I thought I would go to Harlem and get the stories about her father, who happened to play for Count Basie in the 50’s, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, and appeared in over 200 recordings of some of the great artists and musicians.
Christine was born, grew up, took care of her mother Violet, and grew old in the same apartment her parents got married in.  She remained in that home for 79 years.  My trip to her apartment in Harlem was not necessarily successful as she had passed but I was able to get in touch with the owner, who in turn connected me with Christine’s friend, that handled her final affairs.  
The connection to Christine’s friend (Karen) gave me some answers as to who Christine was.  Christine was my mother’s first cousin, and they grew up together, and were probably pretty close until my mother and grandmother moved to Los Angeles, CA.  
Karen was most helpful in giving me what she had regarding Christine.  All of Christine’s things were donated to thrift stores, and organizations that Christine was interested in.  What Karen did have that was somewhat of a consolation, was photo’s of paintings that Christine did.  Christine was a Teacher at New York University (NYU) for many years and had many of her art pieces.  I have been on a hunt for them, and was able to recover four paintings, that I hope one day, will find their place in the homes of our relatives.
I am only posting a few of her paintings below:
Abstract Painting by Christine G. Culley
(Recovered & in my home) 1970
Painting sold in an Auction
by Christine G. Culley

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The material, both written and photographic on these pages is the copyright of Yvette Porter Moore unless stated. Material on this site may be used for personal reference only. If you wish to use any of the material on this site for other means, please seek the written permission of Yvette Porter Moore
© 2010-2011