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Garrison, So last week, my
June 13, 2006 |
So last week, my mom and I were coming home from the beauty parlor and I decided to catch your show. They were singing a song about a grey-haired father. My mother does not hear well so I was not sure she was even listening, when out of the blue she starting singing all and I mean all the words to the song. I was shocked. She said she had not heard the song in a long time. Since she is 93 years old it could have been a very long time. It was like I was back there with her when she heard the song years ago. Thanks for the moment with my mom!
Your mom probably heard Gene Autry sing "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" and last week she heard John C. Reilly and Doyle Lawson and I sing it as a trio. Amazing what memory retains. Lyrics stick around for a long time ---- meter and rhyme are aids to recollection, don't you know.