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I guess this video best shares what I would like to say or write about Pete Seeger . . .

It will be a while before I can write about the death of Pete Seeger.  He was one of my heroes.  In fact, I think he was one of the last of my heroes who was still alive . . . until this past Monday, when Pete died at the age of 94.

I'll let this video speak for me . . . until I can put my thoughts and feelings into appropriate words, words that will hopefully bless others as they read . . . and be a blessing for me when I finish writing.

I think this video is from a concert in Washington D.C. in the late 70's, maybe early 80's  . . . when Pete toured regularly with Arlo Guthrie.

There is something about the strength of his voice, and how he engaged with the audience, encouraging them to join together to sing.  That was one thing about Pete's concerts as opposed to others.  You went to his concerts knowing you were going to sing along, and not just listen.

God's grace, and remembering my people are your heroes in the first place, still amazes me . . . ><>

Pete Seeger dies at 94 years old . . .

I knew it would happen one day . . .

As many funerals and memorials services as I have officiated over 25+ years of ministry . . . I know better than some that we all have our last day.

Pete Seeger's last day was yesterday, January 27, 2014.  He was 94 years old.  He passed after a short illness surrounded by his family.

I have written quite a bit about my appreciation of Pete.  I will let those articles stand for the time being.  I will write a tribute after I have given it some thought.

I will be posting links to articles about his life as I come across them.

The article that CNN posted this morning can be found here.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

The "King" lives! Really, I bumped into him on Friday . . .

I was over at Murphy's Music in Irving on Friday, meeting a friend for lunch.

While I was there, I had the privilege of bumping into Kraig Parker, my most favorite-in-the-whole-wide-world Elvis impersonator.

It was great to re-connect with Kraig.  For several years he provided an Elvis show here at our church on the Sunday before the Super Bowl.

For the record . . . in my humble opinion . . . Kraig is the best.

For more info on Kraig, check out www.thekinglives.com.

Mercy . . . uh-huh!


God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Really . . . this impresses me . . .

I am aware that my dear mother and 5-6 other people usually read this blog.

And I am grateful to my Mom for many things, and to all else who read my ramblings.

So, it probably comes as no surprise to you that I recorded a small CD (only printed 300 copies) of my singing a bunch of the songs I have sung to and for children during the Children's Time in various worship services over many years, as well as songs I've sung at Vacation Bible Schools across North Central Texas.

All the money went to support Hugworks and the Kenya Kids Can project.  I believe about $3,000 has been raised to date.

And, I still have some CD's left if you would like order some for yourself or friends . . .

I raised the money for this CD through my Mom's generous help and through the donations of some others people, and a few bucks that my wife and I pitched in.   With the help of Wren Robinson, my fellow partner in ministry here at FUMC-Grapevine (who produced the album for free), and a local s…

I sure miss those guys . . .

I had the honor and privilege of singing with the "Hugworks Guys" last night . . . my dear friends Jim Newton and Paul G. Hill.

More info about their work at www.hugworks.org.

These two gentlemen, along with Larry Dykstra, led me by the hand through the process toward being certified as a therapeutic music entertainer.  I am and will be forever greatful.

My duties at the church, and my professional calendar, have kept me from singing with Jim and Paul in area hospitals this past year or so.   I am working on a senior adult music project with them, and hopefully can share more about that if and when it rolls out later this year.

I had a great time singing with them, and for the children and adults who gathered last night as part of our Bryan's Buddies Respite Night ministry.  An awesome bunch of people, one and all.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

RIP - Phil Everly . . .

I believe that what I am about to suggest is true . . .  and that is . . .

Ask anyone my age or older . . . to list the top 5 music duo's in the history of music.

I both bet and believe that the Everly Brothers would have a place in everyone's list.

Brothers Don and Phil sang themselves into the lives and hearts of a lot of people.

Phil Everly, the younger of the two, has passed away.  I believe he was 77.

If you were in the audience at an Everly Brothers concert, or watched them on TV . . . you knew that Phil was the brother always on the left (stage right) providing the wonderful tenor harmony that blended so well with Don's singing of the melody.

Bye Bye Love . . .
Cathy's Clown . . .
Wake Up Little Suzy . . .
Bird Dog . . .
Walk Right Back . . .
Let It Be Me . . .
When Will I Be Loved . . .
All I Have To Do Is Dream . . .

Don and Phil sang these and so many more wonderful songs that rightfully receive as much credit for giving birth to rock-n-roll as did any other influe…
The place where some dreams are discovered and made ... My little music room at my house.  
A place to play, sing and listen to music . . . 
A place to ponder, think, listen and pray . . . 
A place to read and write . . .
And, the place where my cat has apparently decided he likes to sleep . . . 
But most importantly for me . . . My place to focus on important dreams . . . 
God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Happy New Year to all,

As was probably said by many who toasted in the New Year ...

"Welcome to 2014, with hopes this year is a damn sight better than last year."

I don't make resolutions anyone.  I'd rather spend the time I have left chasing dreams!!!!!!

Like finally starting and hosting a community folk / Americana music / coffee house venue . . . And one day singing more for Hugworks . . . And spending summers in New Mexico as a chaplain at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Not forgetting . . . Continuing to be the best husband and dad I can be . . . Being the best pastor I can be . . .  Drawing even more closer to my God and my neighbor.

Here's to the dreams you chase this year!

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>