Monday, August 13, 2018

"When You Walk Through The Gates©"

"And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, 
Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: 
yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."
Revelation 14:13

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been writing.
Poetry, devotionals, essays, short stories, greeting card verses, even a couple of books,
but one of my favorite things to write has always been songs.

The words and music usually come to me simultaneously.
I seldom get one without the other.
Today, I want to share one of my original songs with you and also tell you the story behind the song.

A few years before my dear Dad passed away, he and Mom were going through an extremely difficult time.
Part of my daily route to and from work included driving over a bridge that covered the Florida Turnpike, and at the foot of the hill before the bridge, there was a stoplight.
One evening, as I waited for the light to change, my thoughts turned to Mom and Dad and all they were going through.
I remember the feeling of hopelessness that settled over me as I looked ahead and worried about the things they were facing and an overwhelming fear of losing them welled up within me.
I happened to look up over the bridge to see the most beautifully breathtaking sunset and as I looked at it I was reminded me that this life, regardless of how hard it can be, is not the end.
There is a place beyond the sunset where God will wipe away all of our tears.
There will be no more pain, no more grief, no more sad good-byes.
Just peace and rest and eternal worship of the One Who died for us.

All at once, the words and music to a song began to form in my mind, and I grabbed a napkin and hurriedly wrote them down.
I kept singing them over and over until I made it home and was able to record the melody.
 As soon as I could, I sang the song for Mom and Dad.
It became one of their favorite songs, and I lost count of the times we sang it together.
Every time we would have get-togethers to pick and sing with family and friends, this is one of the songs Mom would always want to sing.

 God made a way for Kevin and me to go to Nashville so I could professionally record it and one other of my original songs, accompanied by some amazing musicians and backup singers.
It was one of the neatest experiences of our lives.
It was such an honor to get to work with some of the most talented people in the business, and we will never forget that day or the memories we made.

 Left to right:  Dow Tomlin (Bass), Jim Sandefur (Engineer), Dennis Wage (Piano), Dug Grieves (Lead & Acoustic Guitar), Ricky Salyer (Drums), Lannie Johnson (Producer), Johnny Henrich (Steel Guitar), Deanie Richardson (Fiddle), Cheryl
 Cheryl & Lannie
 Jim, Cheryl, & Lannie
With Deanie Richardson ~ seriously one of the best fiddle players in the world EVER!

Both Mom and Dad got to hear the song played on the radio before they passed away.
I will never forget how proud they were that day.

We had the song played at both Dad's and Mom's funeral services, 
and though I entitled it, "When You Walk Through the Gates©," it will forever be
"Mom and Dad's Song" in my heart and mind.

I am not a professional movie maker, by any stretch of the imagination,
but I scanned some photos and added them to the song to make this video.
I hope you enjoy listening to it, as much as I loved putting it together.

Words and music to "When You Walk Through the Gates" are copywritten.
If you would like to sing or record this song, please kindly get in touch with me first.
Thank you for your consideration.  😁