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Memories Of Yesterday

by Roland Zimmerman

"Down Home" Gospel Music; Recollections & songs of my younger days, done in bluegrass/country styles.
Genre: Spiritual: Country Gospel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Royal Telephone
3:17 album only
2. Must I Go And Empty Handed
4:19 album only
3. We're Gonna Have A Good Time Today
2:18 album only
4. Siloam
4:23 album only
5. Too Far From God
2:28 album only
6. I'm No Kin To The Monkey
1:41 album only
7. Jesus Bids Us Shine
2:04 album only
8. God Moves In A Mysterious Way
2:32 album only
9. Love Thy Neighbor As Thy Self
2:35 album only
10. Just To Hear Those Records Spin
2:41 album only
11. Oh, Happy Is The Man
2:29 album only
12. Memories Of Yesterday Medley
5:37 album only


Album Notes
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



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Dave Hendricks, WBYN Radio

I hope you sell out and have to re-order.
Thanks for sending me a copy of your CD in which you included the song God gave me called "I'm No Kin To The Monkey". You did a great job with it. I was glad to see an old favorite, "The Royal Telephone" on the CD as well. I hope you sell out and have to re-order. I hope this CD will open up a lot of doors for you. I'm sure this is a ministry for you, and God will honor you for it.