Lynn Anderson Tribute - 3rd in Project Good Thoughts -
This is the third in the series "Project Good Thoughts"
This is the 3rd in Project Good Thoughts a spin off of The Good Words project, created by Joanne Grace Goldsmith to promote unknown writers and help us become the best authors/poets/writers we can be.
This is also my tribute to singer Lynn Anderson.
To Bob's place
Many years ago when I first met my true love, it was the day before my birthday, I was sad and lonely because he had to work, and had other commitments for after work, and he did not know that it was my birthday.
While cleaning house and listening to my music and feeling blue, my friend Delores knocked on my door and asked do you want to drive out to Bob's place, our kids would love it? Bob was a friend that we both knew.
I said why not? I have nothing better to do.
Good! She said, because I already called him and he is expecting the six of us, that would be Dolores, her two girls, me and my two boys.
At the "Top of the World"
It was late evening when Delores, her two girls, me and my two sons arrived at Bob’s place, and he had two of his hunting cabins prepared for us, and dinner waiting for us in his house.
Bob’s Place was a small hunting and fishing resort on the bank of Rock River in Illinois.
After a wonderful Dinner, Bob said; let’s go out for a drink. It was already planned that Dolores’ daughter (who was my babysitter during the summer) would babysit my boys and Bob asked her to babysit his son and daughter also and Bob, his wife Marcella, Dolores and I headed for a rustic bar with a real live band and also a DJ.
Happy Birthday Shyron
Bob went up to the bar to order drinks and he had this kind of Cheshire Cat grin when he came back to the table.
The waitress brought the drinks and the band took a break, and the DJ said on the speaker, this next song is to wish a happy birthday to a special lady, from her friends at Bob’s Resort, and everyone cheered.
I was looking around to see who was born on my birthday, I didn’t know that they knew it was mine. Then the DJ said: 'Happy Birthday Shyron.'
And I hear:
"Such a feelin's comin' over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes
And I won't be surprised if it's a dream"
I had listened to “Rose Garden” so many times that I knew that it was Lynn Anderson singing “Top of the World” the next day that song was still playing in my head even when we went horseback riding.
It was a great weekend, my sons really enjoyed the fun and games then on Monday after work, I went and bought the record of that song, which I still have to this day, and it is on the album that I bought a few years later.
Have you ever?
Have you ever heard a phrase or a song that brought nothing but good thoughts?
Although, I was/am saddened by the passing of Lynn Anderson, when I hear "Top of the World" I have nothing but Good Thoughts.
I know her name is synonymous with Rose Garden and, although I love Rose Garden and sing along with it every time I play it, "Top of the World" has more meaning for me.
A Poem for Lynn Anderson, from a life long fan.
Tribute to Lynn Anderson
© Shyron Shenko
I woke to the sound of the radio coming on
Lynn Anderson passed away I heard someone on the radio say
Although I felt so saddened because you passed away
My mind was flooded by the Good Thoughts that I had
Of your songs of yesterday
My Good Thoughts were in a whirl
Now you really are “At the Top of The World”
Lynn, as Mentor Williams said, “It is the healing power of music”
That is the power that you had
When I was nostalgic or homesick
I would listen to your rendition of “Blue Bayou”
When I need to have a good one because I was feeling low
I would listen to you sing “Cry” and let those needed tear drops flow
You were my favorite –
And will always be my favorite female singer
Lynn was a kind and gentle soul!
As the brother of her longtime partner Mentor Williams, songwriting great Paul Williams considered himself Anderson’s “brother out-law.” He noted that he and Anderson "wrestled some of the same bears.
I know how she struggled. And I know how she triumphed. And there is wisdom in the wound, and Lynn, you shared that wisdom. People will never know the times you walked into a corner with somebody who was suffering, and didn't know what they were going to do to get themselves back into the light and out of the darkness. I watched you walk into a corner, grab that person's hand and say, 'Baby, it's gonna be all right."— Paul Williams
I will be forever grateful that I got to be among the first to tell her, 'Lynn, you look like an angel.— Brenda Lee – The "Dynamite" girl
© 2015 Shyron E Shenko