Life’s Playlist…. Three Times a Lady by Kenny Rogers

We all have them, people who make a bigger impact on our lives than we can ever describe.

For me, one of those people is Jen Harner Sims.

Jen was one of my pastors when I lived in Florida, but much more than that she became a trusted friend and confidante.

From the first day I met her, I liked her.  We went through a lot over the years she served as one of the Pastors of my Church.  Lots of belly laughs, awesome hugs and more tears than either of us would want to remember.

When I was laid-off from my job she was the one who I called to vent.  The morning my mom died, she was the voice I needed to hear, she is the kind of person who provides comfort just by being there.

It was a sad day when Jen, her husband Michael and their son Luke left our Church to minister in Ocala, but they have continued to thrive there and I know their impact has nurtured that community just like it did ours.

There are many days I could use a good Jen hug, but I hold memories of her close and am thankful she walked across my life.

Today is Jen’s birthday, I hope it is filled with laughter, happiness and amazing hugs!

Happy Birthday friend!

Remembering a Free-Wheeling Spring in Life’s Playlist…. We Are the World by Various Artists

When “We Are the World” was released in the Spring of 1985, I was a junior at Georgia Southern College. (Now Georgia Southern University)

There had never been anything like “We Are the Wold” and to date nothing has ever replicated it.

Recorded by many of the music industries top artists, the song was recorded with the entire chorus in-studio together just after the American Music Awards.  During the months leading up to “We Are the World” the continent of Africa had been decimated by drought and thousands of people had died.

As a result the fund-raising effort “USA FOR AFRICA” was formed.

This was the first world-wide call to action, in support of a cause like the ones we see so frequently today.  All monies raised by record and cassette sales (yes, you had to go to a store and BUY music back in the dark-aged 80’s) went directly to the relief efforts.

The song played constantly on the radio and I remember laying by the pool, at the apartment complex I lived in, and each time it would air, 40, 50 and sometimes more of us would break into song.

Those were great days, when I hear this song I think back on great friendships and fun days in the sun singing for a cause.

Enjoy the song and see how many artists you recognize!