A month after his longtime friend and mentor passed away, Brad Paisley pays tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens’ legacy in a new interview.
Paisley became friends with the Opry legend shortly after he arrived on the Nashville scene. He tells CMT that Dickens reminded him of his own grandfather, who passed away at age 65.
“I remember as a kid having a sense that he wouldn’t be around that long,” Paisley recalls. “He ate fried chicken and smoked cigarettes, and he was one of those guys who just looked like a grandpa every day: he was bald, and he wore glasses and slacks and Velcro tennis shoes. So when I got to Nashville and befriended Jimmy, I had that same feeling, that there was no way he had more than a decade left.”
Dickens lived a lot longer than anyone expected, and it’s hard for those left behind to believe he’s gone.
“We all thought he was gonna live forever,” Paisley says. “I mean, he lived 94 years, so I don’t know how much more we could’ve asked of him.”
He points to Dickens’ legacy as something to aspire to, sharing some words from his private service. “Our preacher Mike Glenn said, ‘All of you here today should be thinking about your own funeral,’” he recalls. “‘Because if you live your life like you’re planning that show, your last show, then that’s a pretty good way to live.’”
– By Sterling Whitaker TasteOfCountry
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Check out Wesley’s cover of “Folsom Prison Blues” performed by Wesley, 5 years old, at the Spring Coffee Shop Jam, at The Columbia City Theater in Seattle, WA. The Jam’s a chance for Heartwood Guitar Instruction students to showcase their talents. Enjoy!
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I enable you to go on the heights, to wander with Me in the Glory of My Presence. You may feel as if you can barely take the next step on this long journey upward. As you look ahead, you see cliffs that seem impossible for you to climb. Yet I am with you always, holding you by your right hand. I guide you with My counsel, helping you find the best way to scale those heights.
Though you are on a challenging-at times, grueling-journey with Me, it is much more than an endurance contest. The fact that I am with you can infuse Joy into the steepest climb! Be on the lookout for all the pleasures I have prepared for you, and take time to enjoy your devoted Companion.
You may think that the heights refers to the very top of the mountain you are climbing. But if you stop and look back at how far up you have come, you’ll realize you are already on a high place. So relax a bit and gaze lovingly at Me. The Glory of My Presence is all around you!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. -Habakkuk 3:19I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. -Psalm 73:23-24
I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory! -Isaiah 6:1-3 nkjv