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Below is our first featured runner-up's entry for the "Giving Thanks Through the Songs of Skynyrd Contest" written by Skynyrd Nation member, disneydeb929. We would like to thank Debbie for sharing her touching story and reminding us about the importance of family.
written by disneydeb929 on December 1:
"At this time of the year, the first song that comes to my mind is MAMA'S SONG. Last year at Thanksgiving, we had the whole family together, including my Great Aunt Wilma, who was 91 years old. When she left my mother's house that night, she told my sister (who was driving her home) "This is the last holiday or party I am going to. I'm done. I've lived my life."
On Dec 3, I received a call from my mother that my aunt had died during the night and that my sister had just found her. She was my Godmother and I remember spending a lot of time over her house as I was growing up. It was always a treat to sleep over and go out to eat with her. Being 2 days from the day she died, this is a rough time for me now.
So as for the lyrics in the song:
One day I know we'll be together
When the Lord brings me to you
Then I know I will be in Heaven
When my eyes can rest on you
But until then I will remember
All the good times that we've shared
I'll hang a star upon this tree for you
On Christmas Day I know you'll be there too
I will have my star on the tree for her as soon as I put it up.
Always remember--your family is the most important thing in your life.
Merry Christmas all. Debbie"
A while back we posted some recordings of Ronnie's 1976 interview with radio producer Jim Ladd when they discussed the meaning behind "Saturday Night Special" and about Neil Young's connection to "Sweet Home Alabama".
In this final segment of the interview with Ladd, Ronnie talks about the songwriting process and how he wrote "Simple Man" in the shower. Enjoy!
Hey Skynyrd Nation!
Because of all of the great submissions, it was definitely NOT easy to pick a winner for this year's Thanksgiving contest… in fact, it was so difficult to choose a winner that we're going to announce various winners over the next week or two!!!
The top winner is Skynyrd Nation member Tod 'Weirdo' Woolridge. We are giving him a free 6 month membership extension to the fan club. The other winners to be announced will receive a free 3 month membership! Congrats to Tod and to those who will be announced soon!
If you haven't read it yet, below is Tod's winning response for this year's Skynyrd Nation Thanksgiving Contest. Thank you Tod!
from Tod 'Weirdo' Woolridge:
“Red White & Blue” reminds me of what I am thankful for this holiday season. In 2004, my uncle Bob Wooldridge passed away and left me his 1986 FLHTC Harley Davison. Since his death, I have completely rebuilt the motorcycle in honor of our Troops and Veterans.
I am very thankful for “our Troops and their families”. I use my motorcycle to lead the funerals and welcome homes for our brave Troops and Veterans. In the song “Red White & Blue” you mention that you ride your own bikes to Sturgis, my tribute bike is over 24 years old and has over 182,000 miles on it (she ain’t no trailer queen!).
Nothing touches my heart more than to see one of my children walk up and shake the hand of a Soldier or Veteran and say, “Thank you for what you have done for our country”… “Guess you can say, we’ve always been, Red White & Blue”. Although we sometimes encounter protesters at the funerals of our Heroes, that just motivates me to keep doing what I’m doing. “If they don’t like it, they can just GET THE HELL OUT!”.
What I did during the Thanksgiving week was to lead the procession for a fallen Soldier by the name of Spc. Nathan Lillard of the United States Army. R.I.P Spc. Nathan Lillard.
As far as what to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers, heat them up and invite over a friend or two that you haven’t seen in a while (remember, we are not guaranteed tomorrow).
Rest Easy Skynyrd Nation, the bravest Men and Women in the world are protecting you tonight.
Very Proud American,
Tod ‘Weirdo’ Wooldridge
Give your Skynyrd Frynds the gift that keeps on giving and buy them a one-year membership to the Skynyrd Nation fan club!
Not only will they receive the new exclusive Skynyrd Nation t-shirt, but they will also receive all of the exclusive fan club privileges for one year!
Membership perks include early access to presale tickets and special VIP packages for Skynyrd concerts when available. Members will also be able to enter for chances to win contests with great Skynyrd prizes, get first access to videos, photos, official news… and more!
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Happy Holidays from Santa's Southyrn helpers!
Valdese, NC – Local musician and bass guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Robert Kearns, presents the Tom Kearns Memorial Blue Christmas Benefit Concert on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at
the Old Rock School in Valdese, NC. Kearns, who has a personal connection to Alzheimer’s says, "This is something that is close to me, because my dad suffered from Alzheimer's during
the last few years of his life". His father, Tom Kearns, suffered a heart attack and died just days away from Thanksgiving in 2009. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. and feature local musicians, including: Bobby Denton, The Harris Brothers, Jaret Carter, David Wiseman, Jonathan Birchfield, Laurel Creek and other special guests. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 828-879-2129 or at the door. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s
Association of Western North Carolina.
About the Alzheimer's Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; to advocate for policy change; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
For more information visit www.alz.org/northcarolina or call our 24-7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.
The next featured performance requested for the Skynyrd Nation Then & Now video series is "Whiskey Rock-A-Roller". Thanks for keeping those requests coming in the comments below!
We would also like to thank everyone for sharing their stories with the Skynyrd Nation in the Thanksgiving Contest... it's not going to be easy to choose a winner this year!
Whiskey Rock-A-Roller (1976)
Whiskey Rock-A-Roller (2009)
We hope everyone had an excellent Thanksgiving. Don't forget that you still have a few days to enter the Skynyrd Nation Thanksgiving Contest! The full contest details and rules for your chance to win can be read HERE at lynyrdskynyrd.com/board_posts/thanksgiving-contest-giving-thanks-through-the-songs-of-skynyrd.
Now that everyone has had their fill of turkey, it's time to get those Christmas gifts ready… and we have the perfect gift ideas for all of your Skynyrd Frynds! Skynyrd is playing Johnstown, PA in March, and we'll have presale tickets for the Skynyrd Nation beginning December 1 at 3pm EST!
3/16/11 - Cambria County War Memorial Arena (Johnstown, PA)
Always remember that the presale tickets are limited and are only available on a first come, first serve basis. So, please be sure to get your tickets ASAP before they are sold out.
Presale tickets can be purchased at: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/lynyrdskynyrd/
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