Song & Story #8 - I Wanna Be Loved Like That

The song for September is “I WANNA BE LOVED LIKE THAT”.

My oldest sister, Celia, got a Sony stereo system for Christmas in 1992. If y’all are too young to remember this kind of stereo, they looked like a big piece of wood furniture and had huge speakers. You would think that something this nice and expensive would be enjoyed by the whole family, but Celia hogged it to herself and kept it locked up in her room - classic teenager! But, even though nobody else had access to the stereo, we got to listen to it all the time because it was always turned on and turned up. If Celia liked a song, she would listen to it on repeat for a week. By the time the song had run it’s cycle, everyone in the house knew all the words to it - we didn’t have a choice! Celia mostly listened to hip hop but one country song that made her program was “I Wanna Be Loved Like That” by Shenandoah.

Twenty years later I was walking out of the bar in Nashville and I heard my friend Mike Rogers singing this song - killing it! It had been forever since I had even thought about the song and it instantly conjured up fond memories. Then a few weeks ago, I was recording with Mike and asked him to try and do up a version for me to sing - which he did! When you listen to my version, he’s playing everything and singing all the harmonies, I can’t say enough good things about his work - therefore I always accuse him of being an illegal alien from another planet. 

At this moment, the song this month is making me think of my friend that died two weeks ago…Park Miller, one of the Elders at our church. Park lived a long and wonderful life. He was married to the same lovely lady for over 50 years and he spent the last year of his life sitting beside her in a nursing home every day. He was healthy, but she had suffered a debilitating stroke. He is a real-life example of everything that this month’s song is talking about. 

James

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