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Friday, September 27, 2013

Radney Foster and the story behind "Godspeed"

My husband just sent me an e-mail (yes, he's in the next room over in our house, but often we communicate best via written words!). Anyway, he tells me that the song "Godspeed" made popular by the Dixie Chicks and featured in my previous post, is actually written by singer songwriter Radney Foster who just happens to be one of my husband's favorite artists as the moment. I've heard many of his songs and didn't know who I was listening too. My husband is a "collector" of music and has so many artists and songs that I don't usually know who we are listening to as he usually chooses the music -- and I'm fine with this since we have similar tastes and it's one less decision for me to make.

Anyway, I digress. Radney Foster wrote "Godspeed" for his son to listen to and remember him by when his then three year old son moved far away to France with his mother, Foster's ex-wife. Now, that I know the story behind the song I love it even more. You might want to check our other Radney Foster songs. My current favorite is called "Angel Flight" and it's about the men who died in the mission "Red River 44"in Iraq in which seven Texas National Guardsmen died when their Chinook helicopter crashed outside Tallil, Iraq.



 

"Good Night Moon" Memories, and the Meaning of Life





My friend Ashley's blog is so well-written, funny, real and poignant that I may just give up posting anything on here. All of her posts are worth reading, but today's brought tears to my eyes and I want to share it with any of you that might be reading this.

Her blog is Baddest Mother Ever and the post is: Good Night Moon

I have tears in my eyes because I love that book, and loved reading it to Emma when she was little, and missed reading it to Sam when he was little -- and because the Dixie Chicks song "Godspeed" which was playing a lot right after we lost Sam has these words:

                                                     "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)"

Dragon tales and the "water is wide"
Pirate's sail and lost boys fly
Fish bite moonbeams every night
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

The rocket racer's all tuckered out
Superman's in pajamas on the couch
Goodnight moon, will find the mouse
And I love you


Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

God bless mommy and match box cars
God bless dad and thanks for the stars
God hears "Amen," wherever we are
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Godspeed
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

All of yesterday's and today's annoyances are gone and I've been brought back to the essence of life -- the real meaning of life -- which is God, and people, and love.  It's not about adolescent girls who are finding their way and can be mean, it's not about water in the basement and broken water heaters, it's not about being at the bottom of the pecking order at your Law Firm job. 

Well, that's it -- enough said. Best wishes to you all today.