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Editorial: Beyond politics, the Ray Price show was a real life lesson




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November 7, 2012 | 1,092 views | Post a comment

As this edition of the Wilson County News goes to press, the political campaigns of 2012 are winding down.

It has been a grueling and often contentious battle between liberals and conservatives, both locally and nationally. We only hope that the candidates who are best suited to lead the city, the county, the state, and the nation will go forward to serve their fellow citizens. From the Day 38 prayer: “Give our leaders the ability to discern the affairs of men and protect their minds from deception.”

Presumably, by the time readers get this newspaper, they will, at least, know who has won the presidency. That is, barring any sort of “hanging chad” episode. The possibility of an extended battle cannot be ruled out. There are plenty of lawyers and even international inspectors standing by “just in case.”

With the polls showing it too close to call, it likely will be a razor-thin victory for one side or the other, but for America’s sake, we need a clean and decisive winner so that we can get about the nation’s business. It’s been far too long that serious dialogue has given way to political pontification -- and worse -- vicious vituperation.

There is, however, life outside the political wars. Moving on to something other than politics, consider a beautiful lesson in life from an 86-year-old award-winning entertainer.

Several hundred folks came out Saturday night to the Floresville Event Center to enjoy the Ray Price show. The show was introduced by the marvelous talent and class act of “Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band.” Flores, who is becoming a legend in his own right, wrote on his Facebook page that he was “so honored and grateful to be able to open the show for Ray [Price].”

The event was more than just entertainment. You see, the main star was legendary country-western singer Ray Price. In what could well be one of his last performances in this area, Price was greeted with a standing ovation and enthusiastic cheers. He will turn 87 years young on Jan. 12 and has been battling pancreatic cancer.

An adoring audience readily forgave the occasional scratchy voice, which Price himself explained later in the show: “This is my second day out after chemo. ... but I think I’m going to be OK!” That news was greeted by wild cheers from the audience.

Price, accompanied by his “Cherokee Cowboys” band, charmed the audience with so many favorites such as “Release Me,” “Crazy Arms,” “Heartaches by the Number,” “City Lights,” and “My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You.”

Price, to many, is the King of Country, and he sets a wonderful example for those he represents. He took time to recognize the military and encouraged everyone to get out and vote.

At one point, he was reflective of his long career and recent battle with cancer, as he sang “For the Good Times.”

He concluded with another nostalgic number with a wistful message: “I Wish I Was 18 Again.” Here are some words from the song: Time turns the pages and life goes so fast. The years turn the black hair all gray. I talk to some young folks but they don’t understand. ...

Oh I wish, I was eighteen again. And going where I’ve never been. Now old folks and old oaks standing tall just pretend. ... Oh I wish I was eighteen again.

The audience loved it, and rose to their feet in another ovation as he left the stage. He reciprocated with one final song.
 

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