David Frizzell performed at a fundraising event in Chillicothe and between sets, he mingled with the audience. I was never a fan of "country and western" music, but my father was, and I heard a lot of Lefty Frizzell when I was a kid. David Frizzell is Lefty's younger brother.
During David's performance he did a montage of Lefty's songs. I found myself singing along with "If You've Got The Money", "Always Late", "Forever and Always", "Long Black Veil" and "Saginaw, Michigan". When David finished the tribute, I said, "You didn't do my favorite: "Mom and Dad's Waltz"." He stuck the microphone at me and said, "You sing it!" I found myself singing,
"I'd walk for miles,
Cry or smile,
For Mama and Daddy
I want them--I want them
To know how I feel, my love is real
For my Mama and Daddy
I want them to know I love them so."
It was the first time in my life I had sung a country and western song WITHOUT ridicule in my voice. A friend patted me on the shoulder and said, "I thought you didn't like country and western." With a lump in my throat, I answered, "I didn't know that I did!"