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!

  2. Mike Randolph March 15, 2018 at 12:48 #

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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. 😉

  7. 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.

  8. Mike Randolph March 19, 2018 at 12:35 #

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

  9. 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.

  10. Mike Randolph April 6, 2018 at 10:25 #

    Very kind of you to say, thanks Denise!

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