Mother’s Day At Harry’s Music


Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re a mother, enjoy your day – if you’re not a mother, do something nice for a mother you know.

Harry Smith, from whom this blog takes its name, had a mother who was nearly as unusual as her better-known son. Mary Louise Smith taught on the Lummi Indian reservation near where Harry grew up. She and Mr. Smith lived in separate houses (meeting up at mealtimes), and Harry used to claim that the famous occultist Aleister Crowley was his real father. Mrs. Smith, according to Harry, claimed to be Anastasia, the only surviving member of the Russian royal family. That, I suppose, would have given Harry the title of Czar had he ever chosen to pursue the matter. He didn’t.

Clearly, Harry owed a lot to his mother, and I know I owe a lot to my own mother as well. She was hardly as colorful as Mary Louise Smith, but she did the best she could with what she had, which is all any of us can do.

Here’s a heartfelt tribute to a mother’s love: a solo performance of Coat of Many Colors, taken from a 1979 Dolly Parton appearance on Top of the Pops. Please enjoy!

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