FROM THE PRESIDENT
I had the opportunity to play one night at Marine Creek Nursing Center in Fort Worth. I chose a format of older country music from some of the greats in the biz - Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Dan Seals, Keith Whitley, Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers, and some old gospel songs. After I unplugged, several wheelchairs rolled up and surrounded me. One of the residents asked me if I knew "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", by Willie. So, I played it and a few more songs before we broke down our equipment and left. They were happy, I felt great, and life was good.
The Fort Worth Songwriters’ has a history of performing for other non-profit organizations. Since I have been involved, we played for the March of Dimes, various nursing homes in the area, the Fort Worth Homeless Shelter, Wings of Hope Foundation, and many others. We have also collected food for the Tarrant Country Food Bank, blankets and other items for the Fort Worth Homeless Shelter, and collected toys for the Marine Corp Toys for Tots for several years.
It made me think about how I hear people and myself complain about insignificant things in our lives. We cuss when the cable goes out or the internet is slow. We complain because the service at a restaurant is slow. When the price of gas goes up, we freak out. If someone cuts us off in traffic, we turn into crazed lunatics. And, it goes on and on.
If you ever have a chance to play one of these events or participate in one of the charities, I highly recommend it. It will help change your whole perspective on what is important and remind you about the impact the FWSA can have in the community.
Take care and don’t sweat the small stuff.