From Danny Burns
Well, I guess it's time I posted something or risk losing my contributor status. My mind has been quite preoccupied with the catastrophe happening in my "back yard". But, I've been trying to keep a positive attitude about the whole thing. That's not an easy thing to do when most of my Facebook (and other social media) friends are going through the same things and are constantly writing about it. And, I've been working long hours trying to keep the wolves off the doorstep.
I'm so pleased to have reconnected with the people on this blog. It gives me such great comfort to communicate with you all. And, I'm also grateful to those who join me each Friday for "A Box of Chocolates". The show is one of the few moments of my life that I forget most other concerns and am able to just "be". It makes me feel whole when I'm able to become a human being occasionally. Not thinking of my problems. Not worrying about anything. Just be-ing.
As most of you already know, music is my passion. It's quite a thrill to have everyone respond to the music in my shows with such youthful enthusiasm. It's almost always the highlight of my week. My theme song "I'm So Lucky" was written with my wife, my family and my God in mind. I now wish to extend this intention to you, my wonderful old-new found friends. I love you all very much.
Only a few years ago I was of a mind that I really didn't need many friends. I am a very accomplished recording/technical engineer and most of my interaction with other people was done on a professional level. I was a workaholic and being a techno-geek was my whole existence. I considered these people friendly acquaintances, but not friends as many of them would regularly take advantage of our relationships. I am a very accommodating person and like to please people. But, that is not friendship.
One of my professional acquaintances was a co-worker. I ran the technical services for the world's largest electronics company's audio division in the western USA (based in Los Angeles) and she ran the Nashville office. We would speak to each other on a regular basis and became real friends in doing so.
We met face to face for the first time after being phone friends for four years. She knew all about my painful divorce and subsequent failed relationships. I knew about all her trials and tribulations in the dating world. We seemed to be of the same mind on almost everything. We liked the same music. We were both musicians and singers. We fell in love soon thereafter and have been soul mates and best friends ever since. She helped to teach me what true friendship and love was really about. Without my beautiful wife, Marla, I may not have ever reached the point where I could accept being friends with all of you.
I recently went on a writing binge after a long dry spell with writer's block. I hope to soon find time to record some of these new songs so I can share them with all of you. I have never been so satisfied with my life...ever, and it is reflected in these new songs.
I'll leave you with my latest. I wrote it with the intention of writing a love song without using the conventional "I love you" sentiment that is so common in many songs, mine included. I simply wanted to describe the feeling I had without using the word love. It's a simple but heartfelt song (poem) that was written about my best friend, soul mate and partner for life.
NOTHING I SAY COULD HOPE TO TELL YOU.
I DON'T KNOW WHY I EVEN TRY,
TO PUT THE WORDS TO RHYME AND REASON.
IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO DESCRIBE.
FROM TIME TO TIME I TRY AND TELL YOU.
BUT ALL THE WORDS JUST FALL LIKE STONE.
JUST FEELS SO GOOD WHEN WE'RE TOGETHER,
IN THIS PLACE WE BOTH CALL HOME.
IT JUST FEELS SO GOOD.
I DON'T KNOW WHY, IT JUST DOES.
MAYBE THERE'S MAGIC,
FROM THE MOMENT THAT IT STARTS.
WHEN THE LOOK IN YOUR EYES,
WRAPPED ITS SPELL AROUND MY HEART.
ALL I KNOW IS, IT FEELS JUST THE WAY IT SHOULD.
'CAUSE YOU MAKE IT FEEL SO GOOD.
WHEN YOU FEEL IT'S TRUE FOREVER,
JUST BELIEVING MAKES YOU STRONG.
TAKE THIS HEART, DO WHAT YOU WANT.
YOU'RE WHY I WAITED FOR SO LONG.