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A nomad, a wanderer, lover of everything beautiful. A lover of life, wine, exotic and forgotten places, hidden corners, and small things that could be beautiful. A lover of stars, mountain tops, little kisses, and voices from around the planet.


all images copyright David Schoen 1968 - 2015. all rights reserved

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Vic Schoen, My Father


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Composer, Arranger, Conductor

"Vic Schoen, the man who had been identified with the Andrews sisters for over a decade, and whose orchestra had accompanied the girls in over 90% of their recordings, parted from the trio in late 1951. He went on to work with several other artists, producing major hits, including Patti Page's "Old Cape Cod" and the Weavers' "On Top Of Old Smokey". But never again was the maestro to become so well associated with another singer as he and his band had become with the sisters. Schoen eventually married and divorced Kay Starr, then wed Marion Hutton of Glen Miller fame (Betty Hutton's sister).
Although Schoen's decision to leave the girls was not forced, it was nevertheless traumatic, especially for the trio, who sorely missed him and his remarkable skill at arranging music."

...........from 'Swing It: The Andrew Sisters Story', p.136

"For years, the Vic Schoen Orchestra played music that at least approached the beauty and variety of a rainbow, but historically, the ensemble is about as elusive as that phenomenon in the sky."
----------Big Band Reader, p.266.

Ella Fitzgerald's 1945 scat recording of "Flying Home" arranged by Vic Schoen would later be described by The New York Times as "one of the most influential vocal jazz records of the decade....
--------Ella Fitzgerald, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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My Family Past


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My mother's family is French Canadian (Quebec), the Petits and the Rolands, probably from France about 200 years ago. My father's family came from Poland via Germany in 1891. My Polish great great grandfather changed his name from Leopold Schein to Louis Schoen in 1899. He was married to a Hungarian woman named Jennie Goldman. From his 7 children, came at least 27 families, including my grandfather Harry.

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Yvette - Beauty and Tragedy


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My Beautiful Mother, who had such a tragic life, and could not control her destiny............


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1946 - June 20 - 2nd Birthday371 viewsphoto by Gene Lester.

the piano player in Hollywood, 1946


This kid's going nowhere

sure, he's got talent

his sense of Beauty is filled with godliness

but his fascination with boobs unseemly

intense curiosity about people means

he will most likely be a photographer not a doctor

a shame not to be a pianist.
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1950 - 80 Main Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts335 viewsA 6 year old lived at the end of the hall in splendid isolation on the 3rd floor

owned the Columbia Encyclopedia, and read it every day

believed that Leif Ericsson discovered America

met someone who lived during the Civil War

listened at the top of the stairs to the phone call telling his Grandmother that his Grandfather had died moments earlier. "Oh, no, not Wally".

whose Great Aunt made wonderful apple pies, and knew lots and lots about their ancestors

walked in the woods with his French poodle, "Lum de Jour"

told a girl that he talked to God sometimes

got bifocals, and still slept with a stuffed rabbit.
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1973 - David with Shelley and Larry Watkins in Dallas371 viewsMy sister, Shelley, and her then husband, Larry.
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1986 - In Milano305 viewsI feel I could write the Iliad and the Odyssey

in a single year

complete with footnotes and a beautiful index

but never complete the bibliography

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1894 - Elizabeth Rolland/Lizzie Little424 viewsMy great grandmother - Elizabeth Rolland. The 1920 census has Lizzie born in 1876. She married Nelson Little, and had 5 children - Nelson Edmond, Eva M., Agnes Lillian,Fredrick Leo, and George Rolland Little. Agnes, my grandmother, was the one who raised me.
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1930 - Memere and Yvette302 viewsMy mother, Yvette at 5 years of age, and Agnes, my grandmother, at 28, if my dating is correct.
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1940 - Memere in the poison ivy again282 views"Boy, were we sick later!"
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1940 - Yvette331 views

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2016_July154 views
luscious touching

under the sheets

brings relief

and dreams

but is not ennobling

as the beauty of the body

celebrated in an image

of that moment

Aug 17, 2016
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1977 - December. Family Christmas in Texas425 views FAMILY

Cathy Lynn - Lesbian truck Driver

David - Lover of small things and forgotten places

Susan Leslie - Rancher & Food Worker

Shelley Eve - Hotelier in Las Vegas (not shown)

Agnes Lillian - The Light of my Life

(baby)

Yvette Agnes - Elusive Figure; loved drugs & booze





water families love
thoughts friendships comes
flow ebb goes

flow> <memories


synapses connect all

so much beauty so little time
Feb 01, 2013
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1946 - Andrews Sisters album cover383 viewsBeat Me Daddy
Well All Right
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
Pennsylvania Polka
Beer Barrel Polka
Joseph Joseph
Rhumboogie
Apple Blossom Time
Hold Tight
Jan 31, 2013
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1951 - Ray Anthony album cover393 viewsRay Anthony is an American bandleader, trumpeter, songwriter and actor.
Born: January 20, 1922 (age 91), Bentleyville, Pa.
Spouse: Mamie Van Doren (m. 1955–1960)
Jan 31, 2013
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1930 - Joseph Narcisse Petit (Nelson Little) 435 viewsBorn 15 July 1870 in Champlain, New York.
Photo circa 1930 in Adams, Massachusetts.
My great grandfather.
Jan 31, 2013
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Andrews Sisters "Songs that Got Us Through WW2"355 viewsSongs Of WW2Jan 06, 2013
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1961 - Brass Laced Wiith Strings 369 viewsJan 06, 2013
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1965 - Corcovado Trumpets359 viewsJan 06, 2013

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