A few days ago, Country Music star Dan Seals passed away from cancer. Those of you not into Country Music may remember “England Dan and John Ford Coley” from back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. What I remember is a gentle giant of a man of humble greatness. Danny Waylon Seals was a great songwriter, musician, and Baha’i. Yes, Dan Seals, like his brother Jimmy (of Seals and Crofts) shared my same Faith. I had the pleasure of meeting Dan Seals (and John Ford Coley) on two occasions back in the late 1970s. The first time their star was just beginning to rise, but the second time, it was at full zenith. Both times however, I found them, and particularly Danny, to be the same. Humble, appreciative, and truly caring about others. I admired the man for the success he achieved on both the Pop and Country music charts, but even more so for the dignified, humble, loving, way he handled the fame. Thank you Dan Seals for your music, and even more for your fine example of the Divine Art of Living.
Meanwhile, it has been another busy week here in Tucson. We’ve been burning our candles at both ends it seems. Deb and I are buying a house in Casa Grande, about 60 miles north of Tucson, half way to Phoenix. The Baha’i community there is struggling to maintain their membership numbers, so we’re moving to help them out. Besides, we’ll get a much bigger house in the deal with room for a separate studio!
And of course, there are the preparations for the Tucson Folk Festival (see earlier post). Rick Heyman and I have decided to do a little “warm up” show and reserved the Baha’i Center on Kelso for 25 April 2009, at 7:30PM. If you’re in Tucson, and can’t make the Folk Festival, stop by and catch our rehearsal show. It should be fun.