96 yr old man makes touching billboard hit song for late wife

"Oh sweet Lorraine," the song begins. "I wish we could do all the good times over again."

Fred Stobaugh, from Peoria, Ill., wrote lyrics to what he called "Oh Sweet Lorraine" after his 91-year-old wife passed away last April.   In 1938 the couple met and fell in love at an A&W stand and were then married for 73 years.



"After she passed away, I was just setting in the front room one evening by myself," Fred says of when he wrote the song. "It just come right to me almost, I just kept humming it ... it seemed like it just fit her."  Stobaugh, who's not a musician, entered the lyrics into a singer-songwriter contest at Illinois' Green Shoes Studios.  His entry was like no other, said Green Shoe's Jacob Colgan. Instead of a YouTube video link, Stobaugh sent a large manila envelop with the lyrics written in a letter.  "I started to read the lyrics and was so touched by the song and without even meeting Fred we thought, we're going to do something," Colgan said.  With Stobaugh's permission, Colgan set the words to music and brought the song to life.

 



Fred says, "The song really helps me. It really helps me. It just seemed like she's just sort of with me. Which I know she's smiling, she's smiling down and she likes that song, I know."

The song has topped the iTunes chart at #7 and the Billboard chart at #49!

 

Marty

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British and Trinidad artists team up to spur interest in steel band music

British artist Jeremy Deller teamed up with Michelle Huggins-Watts, Trinidad's “First Lady” of the steel pan, on a project to bring more young people into steel band music.  Their collaboration combined their very different skills to create a brand new, one-off performance and music event in Trinidad.

Jeremy Deller, speaking before the collaboration said: “For a long time I’ve been interested in steel bands. Trinidad is the home of steel bands so it makes sense to go to that place and see what you can come up with.”  Jeremy is a celebrated conceptual, video and installation artist, a hugely influential figure on the international contemporary art scene.

Michelle Huggins-Watts, speaking about the song they planned to use in the collaboration said: “It’s really different, not something you’d readily hear on the pan – I’m really looking forward to working on this piece!”  Michelle is the band leader and musical arranger of a champion Trinidadian steel pan band, she has toured the world, and is a music teacher at Trinity College where she runs a junior pan band.

 

Marty,

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College quarterback does piano duet at children's hospital

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The quarterback for the University of Memphis Jacob Karam has showcased talents on the field, and has also taken time out of football to do some more important things in the local community.  On a recent volunteer trip to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, Jacob was helping kids with a scavenger hunt when he saw a piano and decided to do a small show for the kids. 

 

A brave eleven-year-old, Breanna Bercegeay is currently at the hospital fighting AML Leukemia, but that didn’t slow her down from belting out her amazing voice alongside of the quarterback.   The duo performed 10 songs together including Jessie J’s “Price tag”.  Here’s a beautiful video of the two together!

 

 

 

Have a great day and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy
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