Supporting Dorothea, the Only Way I Knew How...

Song: Hue Fantasie

Composed By: Georges Hue

Performed By: Dorothea Belanger

Accompanied By: Mark Winkler

Date Recorded: 1982

Dorothea has been one of the greatest friends one could ever hope for. She has been with me during some tough times and no matter how long we are apart when we do meet up again it's like we never were apart. Her husband is also named Mark and the running gag throughout the years is that he is Mark 1.0, but I am Mark 1.1 (I used to be Mark 1.5 but she recently graduated me to 1.1).

I recently discovered this old cassette and transferred it digitally. It is a recording of my closest friend Dorothea Belanger playing the flute for Kenora's Centennial in 1982. Almost 35 years ago!

She played brilliantly! And I supported her the only way I knew how at the time. I accompanied her on the piano. We worked so hard on this and Dorothea was a task master...this is why I learned to respect her at an early age. Mediocrity had no place in her life.

Be warned...this is a 7-minute classical piece (not Bon Jovi).


Fast Forward: 33 years later Dorothea and I tried our hands at it one more time ... We weren't as polished as in 1982, but much more content and at peace with ourselves ... a trade off that I am fine with.