My list of people I’ve been blessed by knowing is a long one

I originally wrote this column for Christmas Eve 2004 and updated and revised it last year.

Since revisiting this column seems to be becoming an annual thing for me, here it is again.

Merry Christmas.

Here is some great advice from Bing Crosby in the movie “White Christmas”:

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep. And I fall asleep counting my blessings. When my bankroll is getting small I think of when I had none at all. And I fall asleep counting my blessings.”

I have been “blessed” by so much in my life that I would like to share with you, but I am not sure 500 words or so is enough.

I have been blessed:

By a maternal grandmother and mother who both had great ears for music and some of that made its way to me. We didn’t have a television at the ranch, but we had a radio and a record player.

By a father and mother who believed enough in a 30-year-old college dropout, who had never had a job lasting longer that two or three years, to help him start a little fledgling record store back in 1988.

By Jim Spehar, a forward thinking radio station owner, who came to me with an idea for a little old radio show back in 1990 and came back again after I told him I wasn’t sure I could do it. Thanks, Jim.

By Brad Leggett, Ken Piling, Dave Beck, Robert St. John, Mike and Julie Shafer and now John Reid and Dennis Michaels for keeping Acoustic Sunday going for more than 18 years. None of it would have been possible without them.

By former Daily Sentinel entertainment writer Anna Beaty for recommending me for this column and by Laurena Davis, Todd Powell and Ann Wright for making it readable. The encouragement from everyone at this newspaper is incredible.

By a couple of co-workers from the past, Stan Zurek and Brian Lynch, who both know more about music than I ever will. We used to talk about music for hours.

By Danny Miller, whom I have known since my days at Smokestack Records and later at Budget Tapes & Records and now at Triple Play. We still talk about music for hours.

By Cliff, Tom and Duncan for all you have done and still do.

Speaking of friends, I am most definitely blessed by Wednesday afternoon men’s club, where I can “get away from it all” for three hours and play a little disc golf with Unkl Al, Wa, Dog, G-Money, Torrey, Mont, Bill and Jerry. You guys are the best.

I have most definitely been blessed by my wonderful wife, Kenda, whose encouragement and work ethic have been both a guidance and inspiration to me for almost 30 years and by two great children — my daughter, Loryn, now married to a wonderful young man, and our son, Matthew, who grew up with the store and who I have learned and continue to learn many things from.

I am blessed most of all by the fact that I have been able to run a business, write a column and produce a radio show right here in the town I was born in and have lived in most of my life.

It is all because of you, the reader of this column, the listener of the radio show and the customer of Triple Play.

None of this would be possible without each and every one of you, and for that I am truly grateful and thankful.


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