What a wonderful thing last week's Cherry Lawn reunion was! I was so excited to see so many people from so many different years show up! Virtually everyone I had spent weeks hoping to be able to see was there, and it was wonderful gathering and talking with you all again, after so long!
I'm still *buzzing* from it.
Just as rewarding was meeting a number of you from other years, for the first time. A number of new friendships were born from this reunion. I should have expected nothing less from such a magical place and group of people.
The opportunity to actually contribute to the ceremony by performing a song was truly a very special honor, and one that I will not forget. Singing that song for all of you was not nearly as emotionally easy as I thought it would be, despite many hours of rehearsal. Your response touched me deeply and made me feel very special. I thank you for that.
I wish you all well, and my apologies to those of you with whom I did not get a chance to talk.
I welcome e-mail from anyone, and invite you all to visit my website: www.m-pirerecords.com.
If any of you did not get a cassette copy of the song, "Thanks To You, Cherry Lawn", and did not order one from me, but would still like one.... I am still taking orders. I am selling them for $2.00 each. ($1.00 for the tape, and an additional dollar for postage.) This is less than it costs me to make these tapes. It is my contribution, and I am happy to make it. If you would like to order one, simply send me $2.00, and your name and address, to:
Cherry Lawn Tapes
c/o M-Pire Records
P.O. Box 159300
Nashville, TN 37215
Thanks again to all of you! May you all have a wonderful rest of the summer, and God willing, we'll meet again next July!
John M... aka John Mollenhauer
To listen, click on Thanks To You, Cherry Lawn.
Everybody stumbles Everybody falls The highest mountain crumbles It happens to us all... Gone but not forgotten Now everyone will see At Cherry Lawn Park We gave our hearts... to thee Thanks to you we have each other Thanks to you we are still one Things I learned when I was younger I remember Cherry Lawn! Thanks to you I'm here today To say I know where I belong Thanks to you... We know it isn't easy Oh, we know the road is long We've laughed and cried Friends have died And still we carry on! After all the changes Even after all these years The spirit still burns And we return... here (repeat chorus) We are families, we are neighbors We are daughters and sons And I hope a place like this exists When their time comes A place to learn of history and of Heaven and Hell Oh, but most of all, a place to learn, All about themselves! Now take a look around you We've only just begun Ah, but here we are And look at how far We've already come You can see it in the faces Oh, and in each other's eyes Together again, Friends, for all our lives! Thanks to you we have each other Thanks to you we are still one Thanks to you when we were younger We remember Cherry Lawn Thanks to you we're here today To say we know where we belong Thanks to you!!!!