Thank You, Mr. Johnson, For The Memories
Back in the early 90's, I got interested in Country music. When I was out of school for Summer during my middle school days, I used to keep CMT on in my room all of the time. One early morning, a music video came on with an interesting keyboard riff. A short moment later, this man holding his guitar in a unique way sings "There's a quarter moon that's laying up on the ridge...". The artist: Michael Johnson. Hmmm, never heard of him, but he's pretty good! This song "That's That" is mesmerizing to me!
I caught a song or two on Country radio within the following months. They were all great! He was also on TNN a few times, and I found out he was originally a Pop singer, which made him even better since one of my favorites in "England" Dan Seals. On Soft Rock and AC stations, I would hear "Bluer Than Blue", very soothing, and sell as "This Night Won't Last Forever". This guy is great! I found Wings and That's That on CD when I was in high school, and also had his Atlantic self-titled release on cassette, which a local station would play "One Honest Tear" when it first came out, and I remember listening to it on my cassette play on the way to and from a field trip once".
Throughout the years, Michael's music would also serve as musical "comfort food" when I was going through crisis or down times, like I am right now. I would keep "Bluer Than Blue", "Give Me Wings" and "This Night Won't Last Forever" handy for sad times, "That's That" for life's changes. For good times, I'd listen to "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder" for my wife.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, thank you, Mr. Johnson, for your major role in the soundtrack of my life. You have helped me remember good times, and get through hard times. You may be gone, but your music will last forever.