The days leading up to Christmas will be busy and creative. The plan remains to do a video shoot of a song and story piece I am working on called “Remembering the Dream.” As I’ve talked about in earlier Muse Letters, it was my good fortune to do social work in New York City in the summer of 1968. That experience changed my life and my way of looking at life in ways that influence me to this day.
We have recently finished the Podcasts of the Benaroya Hall concert from May of 2017 that introduced songs from the “Gratitude, Grit, and Grace” album. Along the way we added Blogposts that talked about individual songs, how they were written and why they were important. In the coming weeks the Podcasts will reintroduce “One of Those Times in a Life.”
In the current Podcasts we are sharing video clips from a May 13, 2017 concert at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. That evening was the culmination of a seven year “journey” around a life and career titled “One of Those Times in a Life.”
Over the last couple of months we have been posting sections of the Graduation Celebration as weekly Podcasts. The entire celebration is now available to watch on the MarkPearsonMusic.com website as well as the YouTube channel.
The Brothers Four completed a 5-week tour that included 17 concerts in Japan as well as one in Hong Kong before finishing up with a couple of shows on board a cruise ship, the Asuka II, between Ketchikan and Juneau.
It was 50 years ago this summer that I made my first trip to Japan as a member of The Brothers Four. In 1969 at twenty-two there was no way to anticipate all the twists and turns or to imagine that I would be writing this while on yet another tour of this amazing country.
“Life is what happens to you when you’re making other plans .” Those words may never have rung more true for me than they did on June 8th this year when I unexpectedly had quadruple bypass open heart surgery. While all signs point to a complete recovery, I have dropped everything to concentrate on healing.