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Happy Holidays Skynyrd Nation! Don't forget to enter this year's Christmas Contest… you can read the contest details by clicking HERE!
Below is another runner-up's entry from our previous contest of "Giving Thanks Through the Songs of Skynyrd". This time, Skynyrd Nation member ldstamper shared his story about how his interpretation of "Gimme Back My Bullets" would become prophetic during times of his life. Thanks ldstamper!
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Gimme Back My Bullets" (1976)
written by ldstamper on December 3:
"Like everyone else, I identify with so many Skynyrd songs. The one that represents my life's experience in lyrics is "Gimme Back My Bullets." Not because of the record industry or a song going up the charts, but rather the lyrics: "...been up and down since I turned seventeen...I've been on top and then it seems I lost my dream..." These words would prove prophetic for my life.
The night I graduated from RE Lee High School in Jax on June 5, 1977 at age 17, I packed what little stuff I had in my sister's Toyota Corolla and we headed off to Lake City. I was striking out on my own and would wait tables at Howard Johnson's till I could get back to Bama (born and raised) in the fall.
August 1977, I made my way to Tuscaloosa and enrolled at the University of Alabama. Working my way through college often times without food, books, I faced each challenge, overcome each obstacle from what later was revealed to me through God's grace.
Through my toils, it's been the force of heart-pounding guitar-riveting rock and celestial piano intertwined with the bittersweet brilliance of Ronnie Van Zant’s poetry that has seen me through. One of God's greatest gifts is music and I thank Him that Skynyrd members and their families have persevered for which my life has been greatly enriched. "...I got it back, I'm feelin better every day..."
On Thanksgiving day, I shared food with my adopted family as well as my own kin. No matter how small the gesture, we have so that we may give.
Peace, love, rock and Roll Tide!"
Wentworth Gallery is pleased to present three art exhibitions
by renowned Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Michael Cartellone
Michael will make three special appearances
at the following Wentworth Gallery locations
Saturday - January 8, 2011 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
819 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
For additional details or to RSVP
Please call 954-468-0685 or 800-732-6140
Saturday - January 8, 2011 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Town Center at Boca Raton
6000 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL
For additional details or to RSVP
Please call 561-338-0804 or 800-732-6140
Sunday - January 9, 2011 - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road
For additional details or to RSVP
Please call 407-903-9055 or 800-732-6140
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!
Finish your holiday shopping today and buy your Frynds a Skynyrd Nation membership HERE at http://www.lynyrdskynyrd.com/login
(* In order to receive the t-shirt by Christmas, new membership or membership renewal orders within the United States must be placed by December 12. The t-shirts for international orders may not arrive until after the holidays. Please don't forget to include the correct t-shirt size in the profile when purchasing or renewing your Skynyrd Nation membership! If you have any questions regarding fan club membership, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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Happy Holidays from Santa's Southyrn helpers!