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LET ME START BY SAYING THAT THIS CORONAVIRUS HAS BEEN THE MOST TRYING TIME IN ANY OF OUR LIVES… BUT IT WILL NOT BE THE END OF US.

WITH THAT… WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING, I WASN’T READY FOR THE HEADLINES SAYING THAT BILL WITHERS HAD PASSED… WE’VE LOST TOO MANY GREATS IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS! IT’S LIKE SOME CRUEL JOKE OR SOME GROTESQUE REMINDER THAT TOMORROW IS NOT PROMISED… EITHER WAY… I WASN’T READY.

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NO, I DIDN’T KNOW MR. WITHERS PERSONALLY BUT HIS SONGS COVERED THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE DURING MANY FAMILY REUNIONS, BEAUTIFUL BLOCK PARTIES AND MOMENTS OF INTENSE SELF EXAMINATION… HE WAS A STRAIGHT “MOOD” EVERY TIME I HEARD HIM! IT BECAME MORE APPARENT WHEN I GOT THE OPPORTUNITY AS MANY OTHERS TO WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY “STILL BILL” OF HOW REAL THIS MAN WAS IN HIS MUSIC AND HIS LIFE! I RECOMMEND YOU WATCH IT WHEN YOU HAVE A MOMENT BECAUSE IT REALLY PUTS THIS MAN INTO FOCUS IN HIS ENTIRETY… HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE SOUL AND AMAZING ARTIST…

I’M POSTING THIS VIDEO OF HIM PERFORMING ON AMERICAN BANDSTAND BACK IN 1981… I WAS A BIG FAN OF THE SHOW AND DICK CLARK AND I REMEMBER SEEING THIS EPISODE IN TAMPA FLORIDA BECAUSE MY MOTHER HAD RECENTLY BOUGHT ME THE SINGLE “JUST THE 2 OF US” ON A 45… (IF YOU’RE GROWN YOU KNOW WHAT A 45 IS LOL) BUT I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT AND THAT YOU REMEMBER NO MATTER WHAT WE’RE GOING THRU… “A LOVELY DAY” IS ALWAYS AROUND THE CORNER… ALWAYS

BLESSINGS BILL

THANKS TO “Pop music crooners of the 20th century

 

THANKS TO “AwardsShowNetwork”

 

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