Music is Life!

I see much of me, of my story reflected here. Over the years, these lyrics have found their way into the core of my being. I offer this page of music videos that are overflowing with the power and emotion of living. The care in production and story telling are most evident. These works are also arranged so as to portray life’s seasons and cycles, which can shape and bend even the most polished nail one might have used to hold together years of living.  Hence the reason for this blog . . . Old Bent Nail.


Peering out of tiny eyes
The grubby hands that gripped the rail
Wiped the window clean of frost
As the morning air laid on the latch
A whistle awakened someone there
Next door to the nursery just down the hall
A strange new sound you never heard before
A strange new sound that makes boys explore
Tread neat so small those little feet
Amid the morning his small heart beats
So much excitement yesterday
That must be rewarded must be displayed
Large hands lift him through the air
Excited eyes contain him there
The eyes of those he loves and knows
But what’s this extra bed just here
His puzzled head tipped to one side
Amazement swims in those bright green eyes
Glancing down upon this thing
That make strange sounds, strange sounds that sing
In those silent happy seconds
That surround the sound of this event
A parent smile is made in moments
They have made for you a friend
And all you ever learned from them
Until you grew much older
Did not compare with when they said
This is your brand new brother
This is your brand new brother
This is your brand new brother


Another favorite musical collaboration here written by pianist Jon Schmidt, and sung by Neal Middleton, front man for Royal Bliss.  The video in reality is just this one still image as Middleton does not often preform with Schmidt, and a video of their one collaborative effort has not been forthcoming.
Last night, in the quiet when our day was through
I listened, to you sleeping and stayed awake by you
and softly, through the evening there I spoke your name
and told you, all the feelings I’ve had
I sometimes, see you sitting by the window in the hall
or laughing, with the children at the little things you saw
and lately, I’ve been wondering if it’s all I can do
to hold you and to show you I do
My promise is forever with you
And lately, I’ve been wondering if it’s all I can do
my promise is forever with you
My promise is forever “I do.”


Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley collaborate on this emotional piece that I believe crosses genre lines as well as generations.  You will glean something new every time.  NOTE:  You Tube makes visitors watch this video direct from their site.  Just click on the link in the viewer, and allow a short 10 second commercial to play.


This rare video by Chet Atkins could make a rock weep! How I miss my Dad. One day he was with us at a family reunion, and 4 days later after lunch with old friends, he laid down for a nap and died. More about Dad in the blog . . . . a decorated submariner in WWII, husband, father and grand father. A charter member of Brokaw’s Greatest generation! Copy right challenges have plagued this video, but this You Tube edition seems to have lasted a while. Note Spanish sub-titles . . . . perhaps that is why it still airs. Also note the lyrics generously published in the video information at the You Tube icon lower right on the video screen.


Music video by Vince Gill performing Go Rest High On That Mountain moves everyone who takes time to watch it . . . . to feel it.  It is one of those epic pieces that flowed from one song writer’s soul in his extremity, and yet it has reached out to so many with comforting solace after a loss.  Gill began writing the song following the death of country music superstar Keith Whitley, who died in 1989. He did not finish the song until a few years later following the death of his older brother Bob, in 1993, of a heart attack. Ricky Skaggs and Patty Loveless sang background vocals on this recording.

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