I Remember When and Where – “There Will Come A Day”

music musings, beaverdamusa.comThis “Musings” is going down Memory Lane under the new series title of – I Remember When & Where.  This may be the only post or it may be the start of several installments – we will just have to see.

We all have those songs or moments that are tied to a particular song.  You can pinpoint the exact time and place where you heard the song.  You remember vivid details about what was going on such as where you were, who you were with, or even what you were doing.  Now, can I remember to take the garbage out every Wednesday?  No, but I sure can remember musically related things.  So, these installments will focus on those special songs for me.

My bride and I were at the second JDRF Middle Tennessee Gala in 2002 at the Country Music Hall of Fame.  The performer on stage started introducing the next song by saying he wrote it in honor of his step-daughter who has Type I diabetes.  He took a folded piece of paper out of his pocket and placed it on the stand in front of him.   He proceeded to sing about how he wished he could trade places with her and how there will come a day when the pain and heartache ends and there won’t be a need to sing this song.

You could have heard a pin drop.  His step-daughter, Holly, was seated at the table right behind us.  I looked back at her and then the allergies hit, if you know what I mean.  You could tell that he was singing the song from his heart.  It truly was an amazing evening and a time that will always hold a fond memory for me.  

The artist was Steve Wariner and he sang There Will Come A Day for Holly, but I also know he sang the song for the children and adults who pray every day for a cure for Type I diabetes.  Steve has done so much through the years for JDRF from Public Service Announcements (with Holly) several years ago about the warning signs of Type I (pic.twitter.com/g3OgaWqE0v) to singing with the kids at JDRF’s Children’s Congress.  About a year later, Steve included the song There Will Come A Day (Holly’s Song) on his album Steal Another Day (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DL-UYRbatw).  While the final product includes full instrumentation, there is still something special about hearing it stripped down and raw – straight from the paper it was written on.  

As I look back on National Diabetes Awareness month, I truly appreciate the work that people have done to get closer to a cure because one day, hopefully soon, There Will Come A Day. 

Musing and waiting on the day in Nashville 

Zach

“If You See Someone Without a Smile, Give Them One of Yours”

music musings, beaverdamusa.comIf you have been around Nashville at any time over the last couple of weeks, you have probably heard or read that phrase.  It is attributable to Mr. Billy Block.  Billy passed away on March 11 after a very brave and public fight against cancer and most news stories referenced his famous line.  There was even a calling for folks on social media to post pictures of themselves smiling with friends and add the hashtags #billyblock and #smiles4billy.

If you have been in Nashville over the last few years, you have heard of Billy unless your address was 100 Boulder Lane; and you lived in the basement.  From his Western Beat shows at various locales (where he promised a $6 show for just $5), his Locals Only radio show (where he played unsigned artists), Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang (at Puckett’s Boathouse) or his hosting the Silver Stars talent show (think AARP Idol), he was everywhere.  I was chatting with someone in the promotion side of the music business and they described Billy as one “who always had something going.”  You can read the various summaries of his music career elsewhere, but in short, he was a drummer who played all across the country and moved to Nashville where he pushed the Americana style of music here.

I first met Billy through a mutual friend as we were working on a golf tournament for JDRF locally.  Billy would also serve as emcee at our award dinners.  He would show up in his tux and give us that big smile.  I would always see him through the years at JDRF events.  Billy didn’t have a direct connection to JDRF, but his connection was through our mutual friend.  Every time you would see Billy, he would smile, shake your hand, and make your feel like you were his long lost friend who he hadn’t seen in years.

As I mentioned before, he fought a very brave and public fight against cancer.  He always closed his Facebook updates with the phrase “All Faith, No Fear”.  Whether you are fighting cancer or not, those are great words to live by.  I saw Billy several months ago at a music recital where my youngest son was playing.  Billy’s boys’ took lessons at the same store and he and his wife, Jill, were there as well.  After the line to see him shortened up, I went up and chatted with him.  He still had that smile though you could tell he had been in the fight of (or is it “for”) his life.  Even though I hadn’t seen him in a few years, he smiled, called me by name, and asked how I was doing.  That was just the way Billy was.

Billy’s had a celebration of life service last night (03/24/2015) at the Ryman.  Where else would it be?  It appeared to be a great night of music, reminiscing, and, yes, celebrating Billy’s life.  I saw someone post that Billy did beat cancer – he claimed the life eternal, where there is no cancer.  Godspeed Billy Block, Nashville’s lights are a little dimmer, but heaven’s is a bit brighter.

Zach

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