Among the most important things I've learned from Mike McCoy is the importance of laughter. He had that mischievous grin and approach to life from the day I met him. It used to drive me crazy which made him even more, well, mischievous.
If there was a part of this room called "stories with songs" this would be in it. To celebrate 55 years of friendship and musical partnership with Mike McCoy I created what I call the Dear Partner Letters. There are 30 of them written to McCoy.
The Magic Carpet was written for my first singing partner and longtime friend, Dan Eaton. Though Dan drove a Hillman in high school, for some reason I put him in a Chevy for this song. I sang it to Dan in his kitchen on a visit to Spokane.
McCoy and I got together right after his dad died. His dad had spent a lot of time near Mt. Rainier. McCoy told me he was hoping to get his pilot's license and to pour his dad's ashes out as he was flying over that incredible mountain.