ALAN JACKSON #3

ALAN JACKSON #3

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

The album cover portrays a small rural setting:
An old country church fortified with white cathedral windows shouldering a simple white steeple.
Alan Jackson's figure is off to the side;
Emerging gently in the sunlight, face tilted down, and signature cowboy hat donned.
The scene is peaceful,
The singer is powerful,
  One CD remains.
It's mine.
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My old copy disappeared two years ago and, even though it's not an item scribbled on my grocery list, the small spontaneous purchase excites me and fills me with a sudden anticipation.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Blueberry muffins will have to wait.
Hmmm ...
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"Precious Memories" collection indeed.
 I slide the CD into the tray and make my trek down I 29.
I'd forgotten how much I'd missed Alan Jackson;
His easy, unforced, natural country voice.
The language of the old hymns sounds off in me ...
And I love it all over again.
#3 is repeated, and repeated, and repeated.
As it was back then so it is still today,
 My personal favorite:
"Just As I Am"
No one sings "Just As I Am" like Alan Jackson.
The words attach themselve to the soul provokingly, openly, and differently through his singing.
The intention of writing out the stanzas of this great hymn will remain an intention.
You'll be far more likely, dear reader, to locate, listen, and look up the song if I leave you with nothing more.
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Be a song in someone's life today.
Leave a song in someone's life today.
Listen all over again ...
And believe.
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