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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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1950 - 80 Main Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts409 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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1989 - David Schoen - The Nomad422 viewsinterview for 1989 art book of my work.

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.
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2009 Oct.- India With Miriam378 viewsA journey of love.

That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. We had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.
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Kay Starr397 viewshis 2nd wife - 1953
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1940 - Memere at the Hotel Belmar in Puerto Vallarta353 viewsI think now that this is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Not Belmar NJ, Altoona PA, Isla Mujeres Mexico, or Monteverde, Costa Rica where there are Hotel Belmars also. I note the palm tree in the foreground.
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1940 - Memere in the poison ivy again334 views"Boy, were we sick later!"
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1949 - Nelson Edmond Little Jr & Bambi343 viewsCheshire, Massachusetts
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1943 - Yvette, Woman of Mystery383 viewson Lake Arrowhead.
Newly married to Vic Schoen

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1977 - December. Family Christmas in Texas538 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

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synapses connect all

so much beauty so little time
Feb 01, 2013
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1946 - Andrews Sisters album cover500 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 cover508 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) 554 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"470 viewsSongs Of WW2Jan 06, 2013
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1961 - Brass Laced Wiith Strings 485 viewsJan 06, 2013
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1965 - Corcovado Trumpets477 viewsJan 06, 2013
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1959 - Suite For Two Bands508 viewsAt 109 Station Road, Great Neck, New YorkJul 07, 2012

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