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Lots of Rambling Here >> I’ve really been missing my friend Kerry today for a number of reasons. One of these is that I loved to talk with Kerry about music. Earlier this year I told him about a conversation Olivia and I had been having where we were discussing the singers or groups we most regretted not going to see in concert while they were still actively touring. One of the bands that I mentioned to Olivia was Huey Lewis and the News, and ironically the very next day they announced a new tour in recognition of the 30th anniversary of their album “Sports.” Once Nashville was announced as a tour stop, we quickly scooped up a pair of tickets, and ended up going to the show last night after evening worship. Kerry and I talked a lot about Huey Lewis and the News and that upcoming show, and after the concert was over last night the first thing I thought was that I would not have the chance to talk to him about it.
Anyway, on one occasion when we were talking about Huey Lewis and the News, Kerry mentioned that he had seen them perform on “Dancing with the Stars,” and that Huey’s voice was really struggling. This lead to an extended discussion regarding various singers that had either lost their voice or were still going strong. I mentioned to him that the singer who amazed me the most was Tom Jones. I’ve been a Tom Jones fan for a long time, and have seen him in concert as recently as 2011 (the year he turned 71). His voice is still incredible, and in many ways I would say it is even better than when he was younger. I don’t remember the month when we were discussing this, but later in May, Kerry was very excited when he started telling me about seeing Tom perform a song off his new album “Spirit in the Room” on the Tonight Show. He just went on and on about how good he sounded, and how I had to find a video of the performance. I did find one video on YouTube of this performance the day that Kerry mentioned it (above), and looked it up again today when I was missing my friend (Literally the only one I could still find, and it is crooked!). As a matter of fact, I finally bought the album today, and have listened to this song several times already. It will always have a special meaning to me. Kerry, you were right…Tom’s voice does sounds incredible on this video and on the album as well. Missing you my friend. (R.I.P. Kerry).