Johnny Cash’s Note to June Voted Greatest Love Letter of All Time
To get everyone geared up for the impending Valentine’s Day festivities on Saturday the 14th, the Beagle Street Insurance Company out of Great Britain commissioned a poll to see what wordsmith was worthy of being lauded by the distinction of writing the “Greatest Love Letter of All Time.” And in the poll the Brits exercised no nationalized favoritism. Forging ahead and beating a field of stiff competition was America’s Man in Black—Johnny Cash, and a letter he wrote to his wife June Carter Cash back in 1994.
The letter beat out entries from Winston Churchill who came in second, Poet John Keats who came in third, fellow American musician Jimi Hendrix whocame in 10th with a letter he penned to his “little girl,” and former American President Gerald Ford found 9th place with a letter he wrote to his wife Betty amidst her battle with Cancer. Ernest Hemingway, Napoleon Bonaparte, Richard Burtonwriting to Elizabeth Taylor, King Henry VIII, and Beethoven also made the Top 10 of the poll.
Written in Denmark on the occasion of June Carter’s birthday, Cash professes his love in a manner that isn’t thick with rhyme or pentameter, but conveys his feeling in a most tender way that still resonates with readers today, in the same way Cash’s music does. The letter winning the poll also speaks to Johnny’s continued influence and popularity that spans international borders.
So here you go all you star struck lovers, see if you can match the romance of The Man in Black:
June 23 1994
Happy Birthday Princess,
We get old and get use to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.
But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.
Happy Birthday Princess.
CMT to Premier ‘Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” Soundtrack
CMT will premiere the “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” soundtrack from the music icon’s critically-acclaimed documentary beginning today, one week in advance of the album’s official release on February 17th, at GlenCampbell.CMT.com and on the CMT Artists app. The soundtrack, which will be released by Big Machine Records and executive produced by Big Machine Label Group CEO and President Scott Borchetta, includes never-before-heard songs “I’m Not Gonna Miss You (Glen Campbell and The Wrecking Crew Version),” “Remembering,” “All I Need Is You” and “The Long Walk Home,” in addition to GRAMMY®-winning and Oscar®-nominated song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”
“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” track list:
1. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell (Glen Campbell and The Wrecking Crew)
2. “Gentle On My Mind” – The Band Perry (Documentary Version)
3. “Remembering” – Ashley Campbell
4. “All I Need Is You” – Glen Campbell
5. “The Long Walk Home” – Glen Campbell
6. “Wichita Lineman” – Glen Campbell (Live from Ryman Auditorium)
7. “A Better Place” – Glen Campbell (Live from Ryman Auditorium)
8. “Gentle On My Mind” – The Band Perry (Single Version)
9. “Home Again” – Ashley Campbell
10. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell (Single Version)
As part of the network’s continued strategy to offer music everywhere, CMT will promote the album stream across its extensions including CMT.com, CMT Pure, CMT Artists app, CMT HOT 20 COUNTDOWN, CMT Radio Networks and more than 13 million followers on social media. Campbell joins other artists such as Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton, who have all partnered exclusively with CMT First to deliver new music to fans.
Oscar® Nominee, GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, and Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell documented his final tour and struggle with Alzheimer’s disease for the film “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” which was released last year. The lead song from the documentary’s soundtrack, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” won a GRAMMY® for “Best Country Song” and was also nominated for “Best Song Written for Visual Media.”
Additionally, the song is nominated for an Oscar® for “Best Original Song.” Also included on the soundtrack is The Band Perry’s rendition of “Gentle on My Mind” which won a GRAMMY® for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance.” Campbell has had twenty one Top 40 hits with two hitting #1. He has six Top 20 albums including chart-topper “Wichita Lineman.” He’s won six GRAMMYS®, three GRAMMY® Hall of Fame honors, seven Academy of Country Music awards, three American Music Awards, and two Country Music Association Awards.
– Posted by TawnyTucker CMTT
Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Early Morning Inspiration For All Who May Be In Need Of Some
Our Special Bible Reference of the Day
“As Jesus was coming up out of the water,
he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.”
How Can Your Testimony Help You Evangelize? by Chuck Swindoll
A time-honored, effective method of evangelism is your personal testimony. Just telling about your spiritual pilgrimage. The skeptic may deny your doctrine or attack your church, but he cannot honestly ignore the fact that your life has been cleaned up and revolutionized.
Now, I’m not talking about some stale, dragged-out verbal marathon. That kind of testimony never attracted anyone! I’m speaking of an effective, powerful missile launched from your lips to the ears of the unsaved. Consider these five suggestions:
1. You want to be listened to, so be interesting. It’s a contradiction to talk about how exciting Christ really is in an uninteresting way. Remember to guard against religious clichés, jargon, and hard-to-understand terminology. Theologians, beware!
2. You want to be understood, so be logical. Think of your salvation in three phases and construct your testimony accordingly: (a) before you were born again—the struggles within, the loneliness, lack of peace, absence of love, unrest, and fears; (b) the decision that revolutionized your life; and (c) the change—the difference it has made since you received Christ.
3. You want the moment of your new birth to be clear, so be specific. Don’t be vague. Speak of Christ, not the church. Emphasize faith more than feeling. Be simple and direct as you describe what you did or what you prayed or what you said. This is crucial!
4. You want your testimony to be used, so be practical. Be human and honest as you talk. Don’t promise, “All your problems will end if you will become a Christian,” for that isn’t true. Try to think as unbelievers think.
5. You want your testimony to produce results, so be warm and genuine. A smile breaks down more barriers than the hammer blows of cold, hard facts. Let your enthusiasm flow freely. It’s hard to convince someone of the sheer joy and excitement of knowing Christ if you’re wearing a face like a jail warden. Above all, be positive and courteous. Absolutely refuse to argue. Nobody I ever met was “arm wrestled” into the kingdom. Insults and put-downs turn people off.
Ask God to open your lips and honor your words . . . but be careful! Once your missile hits the target, you’ll become totally dissatisfied with your former life as an earthbound, secret-service saint.
Taken from “Sharing Your Testimony” by Insight for Living Ministries (used by permission).