Just some thoughts:
I’m a great fan of Roy Orbison. Always have been from the first time I heard him and even more so after I saw him in person many years ago.
Sadly he died at the age of fifty-two, much too soon. I’m fortunate to have a copy of his last show that he performed. His last show was on December 4th, 1988 at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, Ohio. Two days later he would dead of a heart attack.
I had a minor acquaintance with a member of his band and had a few interesting conversations regarding those days with Orbison. I had asked him about the various hit songs that Orbison would sing. He told me, “there was one song that often, very often, very hard for him to do.” “What song was that,” I asked.
He said you know that Orbison had a lot of sadness in his life. I was aware of that. Orbison lost his first wife in a terrible motorcycle accident and also lost two of his young children to a house fire while he was on tour.
The song was “Crying.” “There were nights when he would do this song that it would bring us to tears.” “You could hear the pain in his voice.”
I was all right for a while
I could smile for a while
But I saw you last night
You know that word, “But” has a cruel way of doing something to almost everyone.
Memories may have a way of laying down, but seldom, almost never do they go to sleep.
Most everyone of us has that word “But” in our lives.
March 14, 2019
Posted April 9, 2019