April 21, 2007– TINY TIM

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‘Spot light on a Song’

April is my most favorite month since landing in the Pacific North West.  About an hour away from where I live is the country’s most famous tulip festival in the Skagit Valley.  It is a sight unseen until you see it.  I go every year rain or shine; sometimes twice.  Right before the tulips bloom, the daffodils fill hundreds of miles of farm land.   

So who better to ‘Spot light’ today than Herbert Buckingham Khaury, better known by his stage name Tiny Tim. He is best remembered for his hit “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” sung in a high falsetto/vibrato voice.  

Once I introduced this song to one of my kids, as I thought he’d get a kick out him.  With great certainly, he announced that he knew that artist.  Confused I asked him “how so?” Well, apparently Tiny Tim’s recording of “Living in the Sunlight” is a prominent feature on the hit cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants!  

At a young age, Tim developed a passion for records, specifically those from the 1900s through the 1930s. When he realized that he could sing at a top register, he described it as a “religious experience.”

Married three times, when Tiny Tim first became well-known to the American public, critics and journalists debated whether this character being presented was just an orchestrated act or the real thing. “It quickly became clear that he was genuine,” however, and that he could probably be best described as “a lonely outcast intoxicated by fame” and “a romantic” always in pursuit of his ideal dream.” 

Tiny Tim died at age 64 of a heart attack on stage in the middle of a rendition of his hit, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”.   When it’s time to go, I hope I’m doing what I love as well.  Don’t forget to go tiptoe through the tulips.  

Strum a little…..

~Abby K