Memories of Yesterday
Hello Folks, I'm from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; where the tourists go to see the Amish people. No, I'm not Amish, just a disciple of Jesus, the Christ. I've been performing solo since 1997. Prior to 1997, I played banjo for several bluegrass gospel bands. I made a cassette recording in 1999. This is my first CD release. I call my music: 'Down Home' gospel music, influenced by bluegrass, country, southern style, & folk styles of music. I do the producing, engineering, & recording in my studio. I do the singing & play the acoustic & electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, electric & upright bass, 5-string Dobro, autoharp, harmonica, pedal steel guitar, organ, & jaw harp on this recording. 'Memories Of Yesterday' is a collection of songs & memories of my younger days. 'The Royal Telephone' was often played by my mother on the organ. She was a musical influence to me. She taught me my first guitar chords & runs on the guitar. She also played guitar, mandolin, & accordion. I remember when we got our first record player, probably in the mid-sixties. It was a great event to hear the record player; we'd stop all other things 'Just To Hear Those Records Spin'. We had quite a few records of The Chuck Wagon Gang with 4-part harmony & electric guitar strumming, and we had the Diller Family, an a cappella family group that was popular among the Mennonites at that time. One of the early records was a gospel recording by Kitty Wells. She sang: 'Too Far From God'. We had a children's record with the song: 'Jesus Bids Us Shine'. My great-aunt loaned us her 8-track player & tapes one summer while she took an extended vacation. A song that stood out to me was written by the Louvin Brothers: 'Love Thy Neighbor As Thy Self' My parents gave me a cassette recorder when I was in my early teens. I would record myself, my brothers, & my mother as we did music. Bits of these early recordings are included, along with nature sounds I remember around the home place, with a song I wrote on 'Memories Of Yesterday Medley'. I grew up in the Old Order Mennonite Church, where we sang in unison a cappella. Our song books only had words in them; the song leaders led in a tune that would fit the words. It depended on who led the song as to what tune we would sing for that song. 'Oh, Happy Is The Man' & 'Siloam' were song that I remember the tune & words. The latter song we sang at communion & feet washing services. 'Must I Go & Empty Handed' & 'God Moves In A Mysterious Way' were song's that I remember the tunes, though we sang different words to those tunes. The latter song was one of my wife's grandfather's favorite songs. When I was 15, I first heard the song: 'I'm No Kin To The Monkey', sung at a spelling bee. This song was written by Dave Hendricks, who had a Pennsylvania Dutch program on the radio. At this spelling bee, a band, know as the King's Gospelaires, was singing there. Years later, I played banjo for them. Earl Osenbach, the band's leader, wrote a theme song that we used to start our programs. I wrote other verses to it and entitled the song: 'We're Gonna Have A Good Time Today'. I have sound effects of monkeys, nature, telephones, and record crackles & pops on different songs. My wife took the cover picture of me in our backyard. My parents supplied the other photos: inside front - my 2nd grade photo; CD label - my dad's '56 Chevy & 2 year old me; traycard - my brothers & I on the back porch. GAR Productions did the graphic design & duplication. Thanks to all who helped out! I hope that y'all too will enjoy this collection of songs & the messages they contain! In Christian love, Roland Zimmerman.