Saturday, August 17, 2013
Songs from My German Summer of '77
I was so excited to be on a trip to Germany this summer! Didn't realize at the time that my mom had only taken us out of desperation because my father had threatened to kill her. (His parting words to us -- his wife, 12-year-old daughter, and 6-year-old son: "I hope your plane crashes.")
He was in the Air Force and, in the past, his transfers to other cities had always provided a respite from his violence. This time, he was stuck in Fort Worth, and SHE had to get out. By the fall, he shot at her, and she finally filed for divorce. The summer before, though, I just loved the music that I heard in Germany and thought how lucky and special I was to get to hear it.