Remembering La Alberca (the audio post)

A long time ago, my uncle Miguel and aunt Ilse in La Alberca.

A while ago I published an essay about returning, after 25 years, to La Alberca, a village in the western end of Castilla y León. It seemed quite popular with readers, so I decided to do an audio version of it, since there are probably many subscribers to my podcast who might not come to the blog. I’m also dabbling with a new keyboard I bought recently. So this is the first time I’ve ever added my own music to an episode. Let me know what you think. Thanks for listening.

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10 Responses to Remembering La Alberca (the audio post)

  1. Dianne March 15, 2018 at 12:44 #

    This is beautiful. Thank you. How to treasure those wonderful moments in the past when with young eyes and young hearts we first experienced Spain!!! Yes, I wish I had taken more pictures, but with the passage of time those pictures somehow also disappear, and at times produce more nostalgia that I am willing to bear.

    ¡Viva España!

    • Mike Randolph March 15, 2018 at 12:48 #

      Thank you for such a thoughtful comment, Dianne. How true!

  2. Val March 15, 2018 at 18:19 #

    Thanks, Mike. A good story that resolved the way we hoped it would. I loved the way it unfolded. The music was not distracting. In fact, it gave it a good sentimental backdrop. A good story, well told. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Mike Randolph March 15, 2018 at 18:30 #

      Thank you very much Val, I appreciate it. Since music can be so powerful (both in a good way and a bad way) I’m happy you feel it worked. It took me a long time to get even those simple chords right! Then again, a month ago I couldn’t play anything so it’s progress.

  3. Cheryl March 16, 2018 at 04:01 #

    Mike I could listen to you read the phone book.
    This was a delightful story, as are all your stories.
    I’m so glad to be able to listen to you tell them.
    Was that YOU playing the paino? Great touch!

    • Mike Randolph March 16, 2018 at 23:31 #

      Wow, ‘thank you’ seems inadequate. But thank you! Yeah, learned a few chords and played around a bit. Now that I haven’t practised in a couple of weeks, I probably couldn’t do it again. 😉

  4. Barbara March 18, 2018 at 15:51 #

    Your voice is just perfect and a pleasure to listen to. A beautiful, gentle story well told. And I hadn’t realised until I read the comments that it was you playing the piano! Delightful.

    • Mike Randolph March 19, 2018 at 12:35 #

      Thank you very much for your kind comment, Barbara! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Denise April 6, 2018 at 02:53 #

    I´m glad I finally got around to listening to this. It was, as others have already commented, beautifully done. I was touched by the story itself, the photo, and your piano.

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