Well, I hadn't received whatever it was (we had been in Iowa for three days), but I went to the post office and there it was, along with a letter of explanation.
Sometime around 1986, you, Rachel, your parents, and Russell & Maxine visited us in Edmond. You'd had some car trouble on the way and had to leave a car somewhere along the way.
I know all this because while Rachel, my dad, and Russell went to retrieve the car, you played and sang for us and I recorded it.
I wanted to send you a copy of the recording --- you'll hear your singing and playing, comments from the peanut gallery, more comments from the grown-ups, and a diagnosis on the cause of your car trouble. The recording quality isn't great, but the content is priceless.
I've always been drawn to musicians, and I attribute that to your influence.
And, because I'm sure I didn't back in 1986, I'd like to thank you for singing and playing that day. It has meant so much to me.
And he signed it with his big ole artistic "B".
|This is the cover Brian made for the CD he sent. That's me, singing to him (at a different time, I think).|
On the CD Brian sent, I sang a song, "Baby Boy", that I had written for Arick, my first grandchild, who was in Germany at the time because our son was stationed there. I also sang a home-made song that I had totally forgotten about called "Be a Believer".
BE A BELIEVER
You're a very special person. There's no one quite like you.
No one's thoughts are quite the same, and no one's point of view.
We're all individuals. That's what makes the world go 'round.
Stand tall and hold your head up, and you'll make it, safe and sound.
Be a believer. Keep on believing.
Just give the best of what you are, and there is nothing you can't do.
Hard work and confidence will take you anywhere you please.
There's nothing that can stop you if you believe in you.
Now friends, I love Missouri. It's the finest place on earth,
And you know I love America, the country of my birth.
This country's seen some hard times and I know she will again,
But if we all believe in her, we'll make it in the end.
Be a believer; stand for your country,
You know the pilgrims paid the price so we could have our liberty.
Believe in justice and in equality.
Believe in patriotic pride and help to keep our country free.
Don't let folks discourage you, don't let them get you down,
There's Someone who will help you plant your feet on higher ground.
Just lift your eyes to heaven: There's a Father up above,
He hears you when you pray to Him and He sends you all his love.
Be a believer. Believe in Jesus,
Believe in all the things He'll help you do when no one else is there.
Be a believer, keep on believing,
For if you believe in Him, you'll always have a friend who cares.
Sometimes I look at poems and songs I wrote back then and ask myself, "What happened to all that enthusiasm and optimism?"
I miss it.