-- Liner notes to The Arpaia Sound IV --
Ballad Style -- Polka Style -- March Style
Nestled among nature's resplendent beauty on a hill in southwestern Michigan, the composer, by dint of his own physical efforts, rehabilitated a 100 year old house into a dream world. Inspired by raw nature and by his love for life and for things living, he wrote: "Here Alone And Just With Me." When he wrote this love ballad, he had an imaginary person in mind, but needless to say he admits that the feelings described therein he felt deeply and genuinely in the love he had experienced in the past and the love he hopes and expects to experience still further into the future. He has been told that only a person who has genuine love in his heart could write:
Flowers and Spring and Summer days;
Skys that are blue they each outweigh;
All are so restful and serene;
Here is the perfect dream.
Here we find what love feeds on;
Love that has no paragon;
Love that gives and wants to be;
HERE ALONE AND JUST WITH ME.
Days and the nights and morning sun;
Ripple along in unison;
Birds and the bees and all the rest;
Here are the loveliest.
Here is where our love hangs in;
Here is where our love did win;
Love on which we both agree;
HERE ALONE AND JUST WITH ME.
"High, valiant, true and strong; America to you I belong." is one of the composer's favorite quips and based upon this precept he wrote "The Flying Flag Forever." Now, "The Flying Flag Forever" is as American and as patriotic a March as could be written. Such a March, it would seem, could only have been written by a person who loves his country deeply and who served his country unstintingly, and the composer pleads guilty to both of these counts.
The son of an immigrant and a first generation American put him in a position where he could compare the Old World with the New World. As a child he did this through hearsay -- as a Naval Officer in World War I I he did it by direct observation. Only a person with unabounded patriotism coursing through his veins could have written so patriotic a March, and it is presented herewith by the composer with humility, love, respect, and admiration for his beloved America.
The following quips are more in the nature of observational scraps which I have distilled from life in the manner of mental pictures as I trudge my way: "here, on this life's lonely road," and they are presented herewith for whatever value or merit they might engender:
We smoke because of the American Indian and the American Indian drinks because of us.
this is the exact reverse of the concept that one good turn deserves another.
To further confuse the confused is what red tape is all about.
Pain is as essential an element of life as are air, food and water.
Form, format and fiction in the advertising arena are employed to camoflage substance, facts and issues; and television is its best medium.
The movie of all movies is yet to be made, and that is the story of Rip Van Winkle.
It used to be that some women theoretically wore the pants in the family, but this fact is no longer theoretical.
Now that brotherhood is defunct and that the honor system is pending in bankruptcy, it will be noted that pornography and the First Amendment are carrying on a violent love affair.
Gossip is like a brush fire; once it gets started it becomes uncontrollable.
A "not guilty" jury verdict is a piece of thrilling courtroom drama that becomes indelible in the memoq of the defendant.
If you have an insuperable aversion to any kind of profitable labor, you are an excellent candidate for a political candidate.
Intellectually, emotionally and physically we are three persons, and life's biggest problem is to coordinate all three into one smooth running unit.
When your mind says "yes" and your heart says "no" take a rain check.
What is important about you as an individual is not who you are but what you are.
Reading writing and arithmetic can make you a front-runner only if you have ambition on the back burner.
You can think your way to the top or you can drink your way to the bottom. The expression "to die with dignity" is insipid, to say the least.
Altho ulcers have been on the decline since 1955, a fact to be noted is that mental illness has been on the incline.
You have to be smart to know that you are dumb.
Not what you are financially but what you are physically, emotionally and mentally is what will determine the road ahead you will travel.
Plants have been on this earth long before we have; they can live without us, but we cannot live without them.
One of the irreconcilable anomalies of this world is that it is round and crooked at the same time.
The only edged tool that becomes more sharp with use is a sharp tongue.
What is devastating to our day-to-day tranquility is that our minds will probe into our past unpleasant experiences rather than into the pleasant ones.
A defendant can be deprived of a fair trial and of his constitutional rights more thru the incompetence of the trial judge than thru the incompetence of his trial lawyer.
Any marriage that is as fickle as the weather will inevitably end up on the rocks.
Your days cannot be meaningful to you unless you yourself put meaning into them.
Dreams, when fired with imagination, are like a high flying bird that seldom touches ground.
With the eyes shut, the heart pumping and the mind functioning, this is when the creative mind creates while the lazy mind dreams.
The fine art of passing the buck has been honed to perfection in Washington, DC.
More men are raped by women thru wiles and guise than women are raped by men thru force and surprise.
Decadence, rather than economy, demands the four day week.
The guinea pig is not a pig.
-- Wm. H. Arpaia
What some of the radio stations are saying about "The Arpaia Sound":
Bill Friend -- WMAN: "Excellent! Keep Em' Comming"
Vern Schmidt -- KMSR: "Great Music Really Enjoy it."
Bob Smith -- WRAD: "The LP received in May, 77 was tops ... Such variety and such talent ... well done by all ... Keep up the great work."
Radio Station WKSL: -- More!!
Stanley Summers -- KICY: "Many Thanks"
Jerome M. Salazar -- KSLU: "Quotes are great and are used ... LP is artists dream ... Please keep up the good work and keep us in mind!"
Bill Flynn Productions" "Our 'Polka Revue' is syndicated into twenty one cities across the country, so we are airing the quips and polka tunes. We applaud the information from the Chicago Tribune which gives us much insight into Mr. Arpaia's background which is most interesting since not very many record album jackets cover this personal information. The quips are certainly thought provoking and true ... many many comments from our listening audience. Please keep us on your mailing list."
Ed Kobak -- KKAS: "Arpaia Sound No. III -- Great Album, Thank You"
J. Shaffer KLIL-FM -- "Am enjoy Arpaia Sounds III very much ... Your quips are incredible, and please keep up the photos of you in the Navy. We think it's great"
Joe Ladzinski -- WICH: "An excellent recording of selections that will live."
Ed Henry -- WCNX: "Very Good, Different, New, Played on our June 5, show."
T Burgess -- KMAS/AM: "Good Music, Please Keep Coming."
Steve McGowan -- WOOF-AM/FM: "Great ... fits format beautifully on FM"
Jack Sowder -- KOYY: "I really enjoy your records. Please keep sending them. Thanks."
John Booton -- FKLI: "Good!!"
Dave Robinson -- WBTC/AM: "Great quips, excellent records!!"
Warren Ihlenfeld -- WISR: "Great Record!!"
Joe Pancerz -- WIBM: "Thank you kindly for your latest LP. Your quips are great. Please continue to send us your releases as they become available."
Walter J. Miska -- WALE: "Thank you for your latest "L.P." and your latest quip sheets. Congratulations on the Chicago Tribune story! Someday Time magazine will emulate the Chicago Tribune. Keep up your good work and hooray for you on your great spirit of sharing your talents. I'm so glad you put it into print and on ''Records" continued good luck, and God bless you."
Jeffrey Weber -- WNNJ: ''Great! Keep 'Em Coming!!!"
Gary Cantrell -- KNIM: ''Very Good"
KBLE AM/FM: "Great Music, Good Quips"
This album has a Christmas flavor, actually however, it has only four Christmas compositions, namely "The Christmas Morning Waltz," "The Christmas March," "The Peppermint Stick Man," and "On Account Of You, Because."
It otherwise contains a lot of new material and features Randall Reed, a new talent whose voice is original, young, authentic, pleasant and unexceptionably desirable. There is little doubt but that Randall Reed will make it big in the world of music. For not only does he have a remarkable voice, but he is an excellent musician, too.
"The Christmas Morning Waltz" and "The Peppermint Stick Man" were written in midsummer, but when the composer wrote them his mind was unwillingly projected back to his mid-winter childhood days which he spent on the north edge of New Haven, Connecticut. As the youngest of eleven children, he was at the very bottom looking up, and what he saw, heard and felt as a child cut deep impressions in his malleable and plastic mind. Some of those impressions were jagged, ragged and now all too cruelly reminiscent. His mother had died when he was an infant. His father was stern and strict and burdened with the grave responsiblity of raising, feeding and nurturing eleven children single-handedly. In this regard, his father was indeed honorable and devoted, but still practicable enough to put foremost the necessities of life rather than the unnecessary flourishes that hover in and around life. Now this was the climate and this was the backdrop upon which his emotional structure was superimposed. Christmas Day in his boyhood was just another day. Christmas eve and Christmas night were not memorable for what they represented, but memorable to him for what they lacked. There were no gifts, no Christmas tree, no wreaths or laurel, no Christmas dinner and no Christmas colored candy, and the Christmas spirit as such did not exist in his household.
However, he did know that Christmas meant much more than this, for although there was no radio or television there were other children and there was school, and through the frosted windows of the homes he would pass to and from school, he saw Christmas trees with all the decorations, and what impressed him rather forcefully were the peppermint sticks that he saw hanging from the trees among the other baubles.
Accordingly, although he did not actually experience the Christmas spirit, he did feel it and felt it all too deeply in an incident which he now vividly remembers. He recalls that on one Christmas school vacation, his two older sisters found a battered doll on an ash-heap. They pretended among themselves that it had been a Christmas gift to them, and they played with it and they cherished it, and that was the only doll they ever possessed in their entire childhood.
There apparently must be a compensatory or a balancing factor in one's life pattern, and if this is a fact, this is what motivated the composer to write "The Christmas Morning Waltz," "The Peppermint Stick Man" and "The Christmas March."
In an abstract sense the composer feels that now that he is on the way out, he wants to give to those who are on the way up what he did not have when he was a downtrodden boy.
Undoubtedly, some day these compositions will be more elaborately arranged and orchestrated, and they should be, and most likely this will be done after the composer's demise which is ususally the case. However, to quote the composer at this juncture, we say, "Mr. World, Are You Listening?"
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