All of the Elfners are relatively interested in music. Some has
even been recorded. Jon has quite a bit documented from his tenure
with Melodia, OM and Staff Infection, but I have some rarities of his
and others that are pretty good. All were pulled off old cassette
recordings. In order of recording date:
- Larry Hansen on Piano - Larry Hansen was our grandfather, and
while we all remember him on the piano, I don't think we were old enough
to listen to and appreciate what he was playing. Luckily Eliot
must have turned on the old Sony cassette recorder and got a bit of his
playing in 1967. My Mom, Bonnie, tells me that one of his
standards was "Girl of my Dreams", and I believe you can hear him
quietly singing the lyrics at one point. Jon's comment in 2006 was
that he was surprised how much Grandpa was doing with his left hand to
fill in the rhythm.
1987 - Melodia - Count on
Me - APHS Talent Show - This is Jon on drums and Ed on piano.
It was supposed to be a trio with a bassist as well, but he stepped off
the stage just before they started with an equipment problem.
- Melodia - Do We have to Say Goodbye? - APHS Talent Show - The second song of their set. You can
tell this was when Phil Collins was at the height of his popularity.
Jon seems to be influenced by Phil's powerful drum fills as part of the
1988 - Melodia -
Autumn - APHS Talent Show - A tremendous improvement in songwriting,
arrangement and performance over one short year. It starts with a
clever, instrumental intro. The sax's reed was squeaking, but you
can tell what it is supposed to sound like. Ed plays both piano
and trombone, and Jon steps up from the drums to deliver the second line
of the second verse. You can also hear Eliot yelling, "All
Right!" at a
musical break toward the end (at 6:42 actually.)
1989 - Grotto Sandwich
- Daisies - Mr. Jiggles Jubilee Rehearsal - I filled in as the
drummer for a band called Grotto Sandwich. This rehearsal
recording caught the best I've ever heard myself drumming. It
helped that they had a really strong bassist. Despite the macabre
theme of the song, it was my favorite from that band written by Cheryl
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