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And by that, I don’t mean Om-pah! music. Everybody builds their own personal associations in their mind, and for me, I will always associate Germany with Chuck Mangione and his french horn. Normally, those would go together for most people, but they do for me. Explaining that would actually be simple. For me, Germany remains my only fleeting memories of the 1970’s. I was born in ’74, so I don’t remember much. My parents had this song on vinyl and played it a lot, back then. The other thing that stands out, if I think of beyond my own childhood memories, is the Iranian Hostage crisis. When they were released, they flew to Germany first before heading on the US. My kindergarten class made crayon “Welcome Back” signs for the hostages, to be displayed nearly everywhere, the day their plane landed. But, that’s a post for another time. Here’s Mangione:

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