February 18, 2010

In Memory of Belinda Reynolds

It has been over twenty years now since we lost our classmate, Belinda Carol Reynolds Ellis. She and her husband, Eddie and their 3-month-old son, Brian Keith, died in an automobile accident on this day in 1998.

Please visit her memorial page on our 88 website to read her obituary, see photos and leave your thoughts/comments. Anniversaries like these are always an opportunity to write or call the family, if you're still in touch with them (Belinda's parents are still living in Sheridan), to let them know you're thinking about them.

This is also a time to be thankful for life and family and to remember how our days are numbered.

February 13, 2010

In Memory of Detra McMurtrey

Today marks the 10th year of the death of our classmate, Detra McMurtrey. She died on Sunday, February 13, 2000.

Please visit her memorial page at our 88 website to read her obituary and leave your thoughts. If you are still in touch with the family, perhaps an encouraging card or phone call might be appropriate, just to let them know you were thinking about them.

My desire is to remember our deceased classmates throughout the year on the date of each of their deaths to keep their memory fresh in our minds & give us all a reminder to number our days.

February 2, 2010

We Are The World... The Remake

So I'm sitting here at the Crain Ford dealership waiting on the family wagon to get some recall work done and on the tv I hear a story that catches my all-things-80s ear.  It appears that, in an effort to raise funds for Haiti relief, a group of musicians and actors/actresses have gathered to record a new version of "We Are The World."

I only recognize a few of the names in this new cast, and frankly, of the names I do recognize, I couldn't tell you a single song they sing.  Perhaps as my children grow older I'll end up with some 'Lil Wayne or Jonas Brothers on my iPod.  But I doubt it.  Here's what I do know about the remake.

  1. The lyrics remain the same.
  2. The music, for the most part, remains the same (some 21st century liberties are taken, I'm sure).
  3. Not ONE of the original 1985 singers were invited back for this remake.  None.
  4. Many of those who did participate in the remake weren't even BORN when the original was recorded!  That'll make you feel old.
  5. The honor  of singing of the opening line was given to the pop-star... Justin Bieber from Canada.  Huh?  He's fifteen years old.
  6. The song was recorded in the same studio, with the same producer (Quincy Jones) and co-writer Lionel Richie - exactly 25 years later (well, give or take 3 days).

There are no public videos of the recording yet, but my guess is that they'll be popping up soon.  For now, here's rapper 'Lil Wayne commenting on the news that he would be singing Bob Dylan's line.  [SIGH]