Music by Leslie Martel, SWO8 and photos by Marilyn Armstrong

When Leslie proposed this project to me, I wasn’t exactly sure how it would work out, but it came out fine!

Today is Father’s Day. The song  “Tribute to Clarence” by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Osaka Time in iTunes, was written for Leslie’s father, Clarence. They had an organ at home — at one point, even a pipe organ (I’m so envious — I love the sound of those pipes).

Leslie’s father built a special room to house the pipes. When he played that organ the house rocked! Clarence had two loves in life: music and his dogs. It was at the “dogs” that I came in because I have pictures of dogs, probably because we have two dogs now and have had as many as five. If we took in all the dogs offered to us, we’d have probably been able to register as a shelter, but we were up to capacity.

A fine piece of original jazz! The dog is Leslie’s “grand-dog.” The man playing the organ is indeed the aforementioned Clarence, Leslie’s dad.


Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

15 thoughts on “A MUSICAL AND PHOTOGRAPHIC FATHER’S DAY TRIBUTE – Leslie Martel & Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I just got back from a sort wheelie in my chair and am on the porch with computer and saw your Tribute to Clarence. Mr. Swiss is on the porch with me, and as a jazz drummer, the music appealed to him and he found it very good (and so did I of course). Lovely to listen to outside. The sun is shining, and it suits the mood of the afternoon.

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    1. Thank you. Leslie wrote the music and put together the video, so I just got a lot of credit for posting it 🙂 But it is a nice piece and I usually post it on Father’s Day. Forgot last year, but she reminded me this year. Really glad you like it!

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        1. I picked some of my funniest pictures. Almost all those dogs have since passed … but that is the life of dogs. I have come to recognize that loss is painful but more painful would be living without them.


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