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