Praise God! Today, I am 40 and very proud of it. My life has been very blessed and the blessings just keep coming. There will always be unfinished dreams but as long as I keep getting up, there is a brand new day to work at my goals. I am especially thankful for my family and friends and their unconditional love. I am also thankful for the music in my life and hope that it never ends.
Special thanks to web guru Gwen for putting together the collage of photos. Here are a little description and commentary on each photo.
Photo #1 (1st row) – Age 10, rockin’ the small ‘fro for the annual school picture at age 10.
Photo #2 – Age 5, looking all dreamy eyed in the kitchen. Go figure! Mom may have been taking my photo for the first day of school.
Photo #3 – Age 38 in front of the beautiful stained glass windows at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
Photo #4 – Here I am at about 1 year old on an assisted stroll in the backyard with his ever so capable older brother. You will notice in the background an oil tank in back our house that was used for heating our house.
Photo #5 (2nd row) – Age 4 on Christmas morning with Cuddly Duddly and the rest of the crew. Cuddly had to go away when the stuffing starting falling out. Anyone who was watching Ray Rayner on WGN-TV in Chicago in the 60′s and 70′s knows about Cuddly.
Photo #6 – Age 37 and really enjoying good laugh during a photo shoot.
Photo #7 – New Year’s Eve 2001 at age 38 and I was quite sober, believe it or not.
Photo #8 – Age 9 and another obligatory school photo but what was up with that widow’s peek or Eddie Munster as it was called then. Running home after school to watch Speed Racer and Batman were the joy of my existence.
Photo #9 (3rd row) – Taken last fall with the water, rocks, and waves at El Matador Beach in Malibu, California. It is really pretty there.
So now you have seen me…ha ha!!! Of course, I only picked out the best of the best for the collage. Yeah, I know there are none from my teens and twenties but I do not have any of those pictures scanned so you will not get to see the texturized hair or the skinny ties. You will have to come over to see those gems. I will put on some good music, bake some cookies and then we can go through numerous boxes and tons of photo albums. Hope you enjoyed my birthday fun and as always, enjoy your music!
“Total Praise” – Richard Smallwood
“Here’s to Life” – Shirley Horn
“Love Sensation” – Loleatta Holloway
“Lost in the Stars” – Dee Dee Bridgewater
“Seven Years of Good Luck” – Joe Sample
“Faith” – Vanessa Bell Armstrong
“Hope” – The Weather Girls
“Open Your Eye, You Can Fly” – Lizz Wright
“Imagine” – Randy Crawford
“Somewhere” – Aretha Franklin
“Miss Otis Regrets” – Patti Austin