The Right Way: by Martin Levin


My father, Martin Levin wrote the lyrics to “The Right Way.’ His friends Rich Smith and Chia Hui Lin wrote: Music, Vocal, and Piano. The song is about how he ordered his life and made no excuses. He answered, “I did it the RIGHT way and that is it. I hear my father all of the time. He speaks to me from the grave like no other.

The Right Way

Words: Martin Levin

I think it is time for me to tell the story of my life, the right way.

Still traveling the highways and byways searching for the new way. There were times I knew the new way was the wrong way, so…back to my way, the right way of hard work, long hours, standing tall, facing it all, as a man on my way, the right way.

Born at 158 Downey Street, San Francisco; came to Los Angeles in my youth, to live my life a new right way, The Scrap Iron Business. Rose my wife adds to my life, Sheila is born; Michael came along, then Ron. Ron is now gone. All college bound, left Huntington Park, my town. I was doing things my way, the right way. Bought a lot, rented it to the United States Post Office and to this day, they pay. Bought 30 acres in Montebello, just a hole full of water, but doing it the old way, filling the hole, developing the land, made huge profits, the people had to pay.

A new way, the right way, was sharing the profits with the family.

Business, land, risks, hard work, annuities, partners, sharing profits, salesmanship, developing new right ways for all of my days. Discovering and rediscovering the way me, for Rose and the family.

Busy planning every step of my life, doing it carefully the right way. Standing tall, facing it all as a man, as strong a model as I can. Finder’s fees, successful plans, paperwork, bids, guts, friendships, making money for me, for Rose and the family.

There is industry, plans, ability, agree or disagree, and a great need for privacy. Rose my wife, the partner in my life, lives at home with caregivers and me twenty-four hours a day, my only right way.

This story does not end but has a happy note. Health restored, plans renewed with my wife, partner for life, my children, my grand children, my great grandchildren. I love the with all of my heart and maybe a new way is better, but for me the right way is for me, for Rose and the family.

I have been enlightened once again by my father, Martin Levin. Whenever you are challenged to do something, do it thoughtfully and know it is the right way! I share this song with you today in his honor.



12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. etty10
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 11:02:28

    Wow. THIS IS WONDERFUL BLOG Thank you and just at the right time…


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Jun 19, 2016 @ 16:18:08

      Etty: “A” I was so happy to see you last weekend and the garden party. You look so wonderful and well. Thank you for all that you do.
      Thanks also for the comment!! Love and hugs to you.


  2. Nancy Cousins
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 12:10:27

    I also say WOW!.you had an amazing teacher….


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Jun 19, 2016 @ 16:16:36

      Wow I did huh? I have actually have a few good teachers. They have helped me get through times when I sure needed the help. How are you all doing? We are good! Thanks for the comment.


  3. nuala ryan
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 15:09:05

    How appropriate for Father’s Day.

    Thank you for sharing your memories of him.



  4. Marci, Brad & Colby Weiser
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 15:15:09

    Very Special. Love My grandpa Marty.. He always to me did it the right way. The right way or the highway… oxox


    Jun 20, 2016 @ 11:34:53

    Wow too! Nice way to honor your father…the right way!! Hugs


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Jun 20, 2016 @ 11:42:47

      Joann, I honor my father nearly everyday because something he has said tumbles out of my mouth and or something he did, I do. Hoping all of the time that it is the right way. Thank you dear friend for the honor of your comment.


      • Sheryl
        Jun 26, 2016 @ 19:23:43

        This post is a lovely tribute to your father. Life is murky sometimes – but you are so thoughtful–and I feel confident that you are doing things the right way (though, of course, none of us is perfect). .

  6. Sheila Clapkin
    Jul 01, 2016 @ 16:31:43

    And to you, you are doing things the right way. I love to receive you blogs and enjoy commenting, reading the other comments and seeing the huge number of responses you receive.


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