With all due respect to the late Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, the saddest music news I heard on Friday was of the death of country legend Don Williams.
I was scrolling Twitter late this afternoon when I can across the following tweet from NPR "All Songs Considered" co-host Robin Hilton:
Well said, Robin. A part of my childhood in Indiana died as well.
Don Williams was never my absolute favorite of the classic country singers I'd hear in my parents' collection, but he was always there, delivering smooth, solid tunes.
What a voice that man had.
And while "Tulsa Time" is my favorite song of his, what sprung immediately to mind when I read the news was "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good."
While the title may seem a little ironic on this of all days, it actually fits quite well. Really listen to the lyrics. The whole thing is a conversation with God.
What Don seems to be saying (or perhaps we should credit songwriter Dave Hanner) is "God, I know your grace is sufficient, but, please, can the world take it easy on me today?"
I think he really gets to the heart of it about midway through the song:
I don't need fortune and I don't need fame
Send down the thunder, Lord, send down the rain
But when you're planning just how it will be
Plan a good day for me
It's an all-too-familiar and all-too-human thought for me and, I'm confident, for all of you as well.
Have a nice weekend, friends. Be good. Be thankful. Be nice to one another.