A million tomorrows shall all pass away. Ere I forget all the joy that is mine...today".
- Randy Sparks
The year was 1964, and this song "Today" was nominated 'Best Soundtrack' for the movie entitled "Advance To The Rear".
Columbia Records forgot to send the song to the "Awards Show" and by default the #2 follow-up,
"Chim Chim Cheree" (written by the Sherman Bros for "Mary Poppins") won the Award.
I don't think Randy Sparks ever forgave Columbia Records for doing that.
Can't blame him !!!
Anyhow, several years ago, Randy Sparks and his lovely secretary, Barbara Evans, kept exchanging e-mails with me. I can't believe how close we became, and all was going swimmingly until Randy needed a favour.
Apparently there was a moose head waiting for him (not kidding) someplace in Toronto and he asked me if I could pick it up. Then Randy would eventually make his way to my place in Montreal, and he'd spend a week at my friends Ron & Gina's lake cottage in Saint-Donat. A whole bunch of us would be invited and we'd all be singing songs and engaging in the biggest HOOTENANNY up in the Laurentians.
Trouble is, it never happened. (I forget why)
Worse, we lost touch. Seems people come and go in my life, and looking back, I am so sorry I didn't drive up to Toronto and pick up that moose head for Randy Sparks.
I felt like a "bubble-head" !!! (still do)
Anyhow, as Randy wrote in his e-mails: don't live in the past, don't live in regret, and enjoy the moment. Focus on real time (which is NOW) as opposed to psychological time (which is the PAST or the FUTURE).
But yes, enjoying the moment means everything !!!
Ken Laing recently getting hold of a new banjo...OR...
Rick Daly recently buying a new guitar...OR...
=> Everybody SINGING together, DANCING, enjoying MUSIC together, and having a WONDERFUL TIME !!!
>>> the song that should've won a Grammy in 1964 <<<
RANDY SPARKS & THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS
"Time is our most precious resource but so very few of us use it wisely. We rush around so much that sometimes we forget to actually live".
- Randy Sparks