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Dad and Sam (Locked in Brotherhood)

From: Jay Allison
Series: The Life Stories Collection
Length: 04:43

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A short meditation on the relationship between my father and his mentally disabled older brother, Sam.

Dadsmall_small This piece comes from the Life Stories Collection ("Fathers and Sons" hour). I have broken it out because it would work well by itself around either Christmas or Father's Day. The setting is a Christmas table. The story is about my father and his love for his brother Sam, in the face of Sam's mental disability. The love and connection continues past death. Sam was a singer and we hear him sing Oh Holy Night and Silent Night in this piece. The piece was produced in th 1980s sometime, but I think it holds up okay.

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This piece comes from the Life Stories Collection ("Fathers and Sons" hour). I have broken it out because it would work well by itself around either Christmas or Father's Day. The setting is a Christmas table. The story is about my father and his love for his brother Sam, in the face of Sam's mental disability. The love and connection continues past death. Sam was a singer and we hear him sing Oh Holy Night and Silent Night in this piece. The piece was produced in th 1980s sometime, but I think it holds up okay.

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Highly recommended

A touching, beautiful story. Very strong.

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Review of Dad and Sam (Locked in Brotherhood)

Holy cow, this is one of the best pieces I've heard in a long time. I can't believe I'm writing a review for it instead of listening to it on some sort of "The Best Audio of the 20th Century" showcase. When you hear Dad introducing Sam, it's like listening to an old time radio show. Then the story about Dad's brother really gets under way. We should all do a story like this about all of our family members. We should all be so good at putting together such a piece.

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Review of Dad and Sam (Locked in Brotherhood)

This is one of the most touching pieces I have ever heard. Exquisite story-telling, beautiful sound, surprise ending. One of the gentlest and most compelling arguments for brotherhood, with a capital "B", that you'll ever hear. I wouldn't limit this to airing around Christmas or Father's day.

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