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Almost a year into my relationship with Kristin (the charming woman who is now my wife… thank you, Washington D.C.), we went to a concert that was part of the Nashville Pride celebration. Lindsey Hinkle opened and was amazing. Then, this fabulous lot of “Girls with Guitars” including Cheley Tackett, Tammy Fowler, and Annie Mosher (with Cathey Stamps on percussion) took the stage. They were righteously awesome. We are talking about rock-freaking-stars, and we were having a crazy great time. Then, that damn Cheley Tackett did this…

Hauntingly beautiful, right?

There I sat, next to Kristin, both of us sobered by the reminder of her Uncle Jim, whose death to cancer still hurt way too much. Suddenly, I was aware of a woman standing next to me who’d stopped to celebrate on her way back from somewhere, perhaps the restroom or the bar… I don’t even know, but her sudden being there pulled me back into my body. She smiled a knowing smile, as if she could tell from the tears streaming down my cheeks where I’d gone off to, and said something like, “Beautiful, isn’t it?”

Both of my hands pressed firmly to my chest, I stammered, “I… I… I… It’s… stunning.” We’d heard it once before, at another venue, just after Jim died and on this day it was still every bit as powerful.

“Yeah… I just planned my funeral, and I’m having them play it.”


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Christy Diane Farr

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3:35PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

wow... touching article

8:04PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

great article.

6:28PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Very touching. I love music..all sorts.I love to sing too...I'm not that great, but like the saying goes "Sing like noone is listening"--It lifts you up and does amazing things for your soul!

4:41AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011


1:40PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

wonderful article.

6:21PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

I can't listen to the song at the moment, but I'll certainly come back to listen later. The post itself was excellent. I'm so glad that the woman is still enjoying life with those that love her. I could not imagine planning my own funeral or knowing my fiance, the person I love most in this world, would feel the need to plan his own funeral. Can't agree more with your outlook, to let these events change you and motivate you to make a difference.

5:11PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Out of this world!!!

5:10PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Incredible music!!! The story behind it even better.

7:29PM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

thanks for sharing.

11:10AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

I used to like to try and sing but not good, Lol

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