Today is Dad's first posthumous birthday. Two days ago, we did a tribute concert for him in a nineteenth-century church in Ewing, New Jersey.
While my sister beamed each song's specially chosen photo onto the church wall, we performed about thirty songs, including about eleven that I wrote this year about Dad and some of the people he loved. I was joined by some of the best singers and instrumentalists in the area. Jenny Cat on grand piano, Frank Burk on violin and backing vocals, Nick Crocker on guitar and backing vocals, and Righteous Jolly, James Feichthaler, Pam Crescenzo, and Nelson "JJ" McGarvey as my special guest vocalists.
I don't have holy books, but I have a few albums that radiate a special kind of light. The type of light that can help guide your way. One of these works is called 'Songs Our Daddy Taught Us' and it's by The Everly Brothers. Some of this stuff had been around for hundreds of years, even back then in the 1950s. My dad taught me what their dad taught them; now I pass it off to you.
Thanks to Bob and Helen at 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center for everything, and thanks to Nick Crocker for recording everything.