From Jen Bernard– 12/24/2020
THE KIND OF LOVE FOR ME is a ballad composed by my grandfather Raphael Salisian during the early American jazz period. This hand-penciled song was found within his collection of sheet music after he passed.
Grandpa’s life was cinema-worthy. After his family fled Armenia for Ellis Island in the early 20th century, his ambitious dreams of concert violin performance (and his Julliard scholarship) were tragically cut short by military service and two eye injuries. He could no longer read music well enough to perform violin at a conservatory level. And when he returned to Julliard from training, he found all his sheet music had been stolen.
Armed with many firsthand lessons of the uphill battle of “making it” in the music biz, Grandpa was undeterred as only an obsessed artist can be. He kept composing, and eventually became so respected among his peers that popular jazz artists of the 1930s such as Guy Lombardo and Tommy Dorsey covered his songs. To our knowledge, there are no professional recordings of his music.
THE KIND OF LOVE FOR ME is a gentle ballad which evokes the magical innocence and hopeful optimism found in many pop songs of the Great Depression.
Via modern technology (and a few talented + generous friends), I’ve arranged/produced a recording of this almost-centenarian song, introducing the musical talents of Raphael’s great-grandchildren Luke Histand and Iris Betsy Bernard.
I see them carrying the tenacious DNA thread of our Salisian legacy into the next generation and beyond.