14
Jul

Wilson/Fairchild Does It All

Written by Don Reid. Posted in General

WELL, THE 4TH OF JULY HAS COME AND GONE

ANOTHER YEAR OF FIREWORKS AND FUN

I SPENT MOST OF MY TIME LOOKING AT THE CLOUDS

AND PRAYING FOR A LITTLE MORE SUN

 

AND GOD WAS GOOD TO STAUNTON, V-A

AS GOOD AS I’VE EVER SEEN

ON A MAGICAL SCALE OF ONE TO TEN

THIS YEAR WAS AN EASY FIFTEEN

 

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY NOT KNOW

THE STATLERS, FOR 25 YEARS

HAD A SHOW IN THE PARK WHERE FOLKS WOULD COME

AND GIVE THE FLAG A FEW GOOD CHEERS

 

THIS YEAR SOMETHING NEW AND WONDERFUL TOOK PLACE

AND RATTLED SOME OLD MEMORIES OF MINE

WILSON/FAIRCHILD TOOK THE STAGE

AND TOOK ME BACK IN TIME

 

THERE THEY STOOD, GLORIOUSLY YOUNG

SHINING IN THEIR OWN SPOTLIGHT

TAKING CHARGE AND GIVING LOVE

AS THEIR MUSIC BURST OUT THROUGH THE NIGHT

 

THE TABLES WERE TURNED AND I’M PROUD TO SAY

THEY HANDLED IT ALL WITH SUCH CLASS

THIS TIME THEY WERE CENTER STAGE

AND I HAD A BACKSTAGE PASS

 

AS I STOOD AND APPLAUDED THEM, SONG AFTER SONG,

YES, I HAD A FEW SHIVERS AND TEARS

BUT WATCHING THEM DO WHAT THEY DO BEST

JUST MELTED AWAY THE YEARS.

 

WE LAUGHED AT THE JOKES AND CLAPPED FOR THE TUNES

AND FLOATED ALL NIGHT ON CLOUD NINE

AND IT NEVER GOT BETTER THAN A COUPLE OF TIMES

WHEN HAROLD TURNED AND HIS EYE CAUGHT MINE

 

SO MUCH CAN BE SAID WITH JUST A LOOK

BETWEEN TWO WHO HAVE SHARED SO MUCH

AND WHAT WE SHARED THIS FOURTH OF JULY

NO ONE COULD EVER TOUCH

 

SO HERE’S TO LANGDON, WIL AND THE BOYS

WAVE THAT BANNER HIGH

I’VE NEVER BEEN PROUDER, AND NEVER HAVE I

HAD A BETTER 4TH OF JULY

 

YOU WRITE, YOU TALK, YOU SING, YOU PICK

AND I PERSONALLY CAN VERIFY

THE ONE THING YOU TWO BOYS DO BEST

IS MAKE AN OLD MAN CRY

 

Wil, Harold, Don & Langdon on stage at the 4th of July celebration in Staunton,VA

Wil, Harold, Don & Langdon on stage at the 4th of July celebration in Staunton,VA

DSR / July 14, 2017

26
Jun

Bro Harold and Cuz Snuffy

Written by Don Reid. Posted in General

Bro Harold is quite an artist and always has been.  I have drawings of his filed away that I have saved over the years.  (Some even he doesn’t know about.) When we were kids he used to sketch and draw constantly and was very good even then.  Me – I couldn’t make two lines meet if I held a gun on them, but have basket just always loved what he could do with a pencil and a blank sheet of paper.

He would always draw at his desk in his office while he was on a phone call.  (I think it was unconscious therapy.)  Many evenings I would stop in his office on the way out and pick pictures out of his waste paper for keepsakes.  He would hang me by my heels if I printed any of them with this blog.  But anyway, on to the purpose of this story.

Harold was always a big fan of the comic strips when we were growing up.  He could recite them all to you and tell you the artist who drew them.  BLONDIE – Chic Young.  BEETLE BAILY – Mort Walker.  SNUFFY SMITH – Fred Lasswell.  And on and on.  He got his little brother hooked and I joined in on his fascination with the art even though I had zero talent in that area.

Some years ago, John Rose, a young artist, caught the eye of Laswell and understudied with him and now John is the full-fledged writer and illustrator of the SNUFFY SMITH daily and weekly strip and numerous books.  John lives and works in Harrisonburg, VA just about 30 miles down the road from Staunton.  Harold and I consider John a good friend and he has been a fan of our music through the years, so we have formed a little mutual admiration society and we often lunch together and always have a great time when we do.

About a week ago, I was sitting in my easy chair in my den reading my two daily newspapers (5-a-day if you count the 3 I read online) when I get to my still-favorite page of comic strips and there we were being crowned honorary ‘cuzzins’ of the irascible-but-loveable Snuffy Smith himself.

Snuffy

A tip of the hat to our buddy and bodacious friend, John Rose.

See you in the funny papers.

 

DR – 6/26/17