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Jack Blanchard’s Column: A Song From Life

A SONG FROM LIFE.

My sister was in a nursing home some time ago.
Her memory seemed selective, and conversations were somewhat confused.
Misty and I went to visit one afternoon and she wasn’t in her room.
We found her with a group of patients. and we watched from outside the door. 
Someone, probably a nurse, was playing old time songs,
and the patients were smiling and singing along. 
My sister was singing with enthusiasm, not missing a word.
The first time we’d seen her happy in too long.

More recently, I was thinking about that day,
and thought this should be a song, so I wrote and rewrote the words.
I thought of my friend, Michael Warner, a  musician who lives in Australia.
We’ve written a few funny songs together, and I emailed him the words.
He wrote the music, sang it on a demo, and emailed it to me within three days.
Misty loves it and that’s good enough for me.
I did a mastering mix and today we’re sharing it with friends.
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“OLD SONGS”.

Mrs. Miller is singing the old songs
With the nurses at afternoon games.
She remembers the words to the old songs,
But forgotten her family’s names.

The past is just over her shoulder
And the music can turn back the years.
Old times flicker by the corner of her eye
When the old songs ring in her ears.

So, bring up the band and give them a hand.
While we can, let’s all sing along
And maybe we’ll find lost love in the memories
That live in the heart of old songs.

So, bring .. back.. the songs from the radio.
Leaving the cold of this old room behind.
The music we know  will show us the way to go,
Take us to places that wait in our mind.

So, bring up the band and give them a hand.
While we can, let’s all sing along
And maybe we’ll find lost love in the memories
That live in the heart of Old Songs.
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Listen to the demo here: 
https://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13851887

Jack Blanchard.

Words: Jack Blanchard, Music: Michael Warner. 
Jack Blanchard Songs (BMI).

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan


Billboard Duet of the Year, Grammy and CMA Finalists.

© Jack Blanchard, 2019.

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