This morning, as I was listening to a great friend describe her recent incredible experience of sitting in the front row of a concert put on by her favorite artist, I was inspired to write about my feelings concerning the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. I knew the first time that I heard Simple Man, Things Goin' on and Free Bird, among other songs, that I had found my perfect musical match. I was blessed to see the band a few times with Ronnie, Allen and Steve and remember sitting up all night listening to my radio on October 20th, 1977. The next time I saw the band, Johnny had joined, but didn't sing during Free Bird, which was a very moving tribute to the former band members. I've seen the band perhaps a dozen additional times over the years and have introduced your wonderful music to a new generation of fans, my daughter included. It's difficult to put into words what the Lynyrd Skynyrd band has meant to me during my lifetime. I used to be an avid sportsmen and would often put on a Skynyrd tune before a big game to fire me up. Other times I would play a song or an entire album to lift my spirits (Mama's Song is one of my favorites). I know from discussions I've had with many individuals over the years that music impacts people in different ways. For me, I often feel that beautiful music touches my sole and brings out emotions that are often bottled up in every day life. The Lynyrd Skynyrd band, above all others, has brought me musical joy and inspiration that has literally interwoven through the fabric of my existence. I don't know how many more times I will have the privilege of seeing the Lynyrd Skynyrd band in concert and am probably more excited about your upcoming Stockton show than I have ever been before because I will be in the second row and will get to experience Gary, Rickey and the rest of the great band from a whole new perspective.
I want to thank you for continuing to produce the best music ever and let you know how much of a positive impact you have made on many individuals, me included. All the people that know me never have to ask two questions because they know the answers will never change.
Who is your favorite band of all time? - Lynyrd Skynyrd
What is your favorite song of all time? - Free Bird