RANDY TRAVIS FIGHTING TO SING AGAIN

 HOPING TO RETURN AFTER CARDIOMYOPATHY

11-12-2017


Country star Randy Travis is no stranger to the stage. His work over the decades has earned him every imaginable accolade.
His return to the stage after suffering cardiomyopathy will be a special moment.

“It’s not about money; money can’t buy what he needs,” said lifelong musician and friend, Dave Alexander.

The tune of life is not always harmonious. Viral cardiomyopathy had essentially shut his heart down. After the massive stroke and bouts of pneumonia, Randy Travis would spend five and a half months in the hospital.

“Life was minute to minute. They said ‘pull the plug, there’s no hope,'” said wife Mary Travis.

His wife Mary tried everything. She took him to countless hours of rehab and therapy, and the results were positive but slow. Randy uses a word at a time to speak, but it wasn’t like that for the music. Randy Travis is a real testament to the power of music. The music that made him could also save him.
“I’ll be honest with ya, I didn’t know if he was gettin’ it. And I couldn’t get any response to know if he was gettin’ it,” said Alexander when asked about one-on-one music sessions with the country legend.

Musicians started to hold sessions in Randy’s living room, the same place that holds Randy’s first guitar. Dave Alexander told WFAA that the first couple sessions he would start with some old country songs with Randy. Soon Alexander would start singing Randy’s songs.

“I can see it in his eyes. I just know when it reaches him. I have no doubt it reaches him,” he said.

The breakthroughs were noticeable. Randy can sing the first stanza of “Amazing Grace” unassisted. “It’s a special song for us,” said his wife.

The stroke that shut off part of his brain could not shut out the song he kept in his heart. “He’s using his mind to connect pitch, rhythm, and the emphasis of the songs,” said Alexander.

His own songs are coming back too, slowly. Even the word “Amen” in the song “Forever and Ever Amen” is so fittingly his to sing. “We’ve used that [word] a lot in these four and a half years,” said Mary.

The man who musically had nothing left to prove is having to prove it all over again.

Dave and Randy are collaborating. The pair is doing shows to raise money for the Randy Travis Foundation. Alexander said 100 percent of proceeds go to cardiomyopathy research, for patients in stroke-recovery, and to keep music in schools.

“We can still serve a purpose. We just sing a new and different song now,” Mary said.

TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY…….

FREE FALLIN


Today I lost a true friend. Tom Petty was such a big part of my life. For over forty years, my wife and I saw him many times. His music is in our souls. We recently saw him twice in a period of three days on his 40th anniversary tour. He looked pale, and old, and his voice was weak. I had that feeling that the second show would be the last show we would ever see. A premonition. I know he believed in Jesus Christ, and will be there with many of the great ones who left this world too soon. Rest easy my friend, and sing a song for those of us that will miss you forever.

Tom Jensen


TOM PETTY

10/20/1950-10/02/2017


HER MISSION WAS TO TAKE DOWN FLIGHT 93 IN 2001…….. WITH NO AMMUNITION……(VIDEO)

NO AMMUNITION BUT WOULD HAVE HAD TO BRING IT DOWN


THERE WAS ONLY ONE WAY…….

On September 11, 2001, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney in an F-16 at Andrews Air Force Base. She had her orders. She was to take down down United Airlines Flight 93. The hijacked plane was headed toward Washington DC. Three other planes had hit targets in New York and Washington, and Flight 93 was destined to become the fourth.

Penney was the second combat pilot in the air that morning. The idea of shooting down a civilian aircraft, even a hijacked one, was troublesome enough–but Penney had no missiles or live ammunition. All she had were her orders and her plane. She was going to take the plane down the hard way.


“We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We’d be ramming the aircraft,” Penney said of the surreal moment. “I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot.”

Ten years after the event, Penney began talking openly about that day.

Penney was one of the first female combat pilots. She now works for at Lockheed Martin, where she helps direct the F-35 program.”We had to protect the airspace any way we could,” she said.

On that Tuesday in 2001, there were no planes standing by ready to defend the skies over Washington. Not a single plane equipped for a dogfight.

“There was no perceived threat at the time, especially one coming from the homeland like that,” said Col. George Degnon, vice commander of the 113th Wing at Andrews. “It was a little bit of a helpless feeling, but we did everything humanly possible to get the aircraft armed and in the air. It was amazing to see people react.”

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COUNTRY LEGEND DON WILLIAMS PASSES AWAY……..


Don Williams (May 27, 1939 – September 8, 2017)

The Texas native, who as known as the “Gentle Giant” for his soft vocal style, was 78 at the time of his death on Sept. 8. His death follows a “short illness,” according to a news release.

He was an American country singer, songwriter, and 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 number one country hits.

His straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and imposing build earned him the nickname: “Gentle Giant” of country music.

HERE IS MY FAVORITE OF HIS:

Awards and nominations

Wins

Academy of Country Music

Country Music Association

Nominations

Academy of Country Music

Country Music Association

OFF DUTY MODESTO PD SGT. KILLED WHILE RIDING BICYCLE…….

HIT BY DRUNK DRIVER

8-23-2017


Last night about 6:00pm and off duty Modesto PD Sgt was riding his bicycle and was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver.

This occurred in the area of Savage school in Village one.

No names of anyone involved were released as of yet.

My best goes out to the Family and friends of the victim.

JERRY LEWIS PASSES AWAY…….(video)

JERRY LEWIS

March 16, 1926–8-20-2017

Jerry Lewis, one of Hollywood’s most famous comedians, died Sunday at the age of 91, TheWrap has learned.

Lewis was one-half of a legendary comedy duo with Dean Martin, entertaining the crowd with his slapstick antics while Martin reacted as the straight man of the pair. From 1948 to 1956, Lewis and Martin appeared together in 16 comedy films produced by Paramount, including “My Friend Irma,” “At War With The Army,” and “Scared Stiff.” The pair quietly split without explanation after making “Hollywood or Bust” in 1956, and would not be seen together on screen or TV for another 20 years.

Lewis’ death comes just two weeks before Labor Day, when he hosted his annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon from 1966 to 2010. It was during that telethon that Lewis famously reunited with Martin in 1976 in a surprise encounter arranged by Frank Sinatra. The two reconciled after the death of Martin’s son and made their final appearance together in 1989 at what would be Martin’s final live show in Las Vegas, where Lewis brought out a giant birthday cake to celebrate Martin’s 72nd birthday.


In his solo career, Lewis made his directorial debut in 1960 with “The Bellboy,” a plot-less film that starred him as a hotel bellboy named Stanley who gets into a series of slapstick-filled mishaps. He went on to direct 12 more films from 1961 to 1983, the most famous being “The Nutty Professor” in 1963, a parody of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

In 2005, Lewis received the Primetime Emmys’ Governor’s Award for his work on the MDA Telethon, and has also received honors from the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals. In 2006, Lewis was inducted into France’s Legion d’Honneur on his 80th birthday and made the attendees laugh by pretending to fall asleep during the ceremony while Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres gave a 20 minute speech. Lewis’ work has earned a huge cult following in France, so much so that it became the subject of a 2001 book by Rae Beth Gordon titled “Why The French Love Jerry Lewis.”

RETRO OF THE DAY: ELVIS