Every so often I make up a mix CD of my favorite songs at the moment; mostly new songs, but with some old songs sprinkled in for flavor. I thought it’d be a neat feature of this new blog to go through, song-by-song, and explain a little about why it appeals to me.
The admittedly lengthy 2007 Summer CD collection ends with a very personal song. One of my best friends from high school, Will Ragland, was the “artsy” guy. When the musical play movement was revived in high school our sophomore year, he wasn’t nearly as interested as I was. After he saw how much fun we had putting on Li’l Abner and Annie Get Your Gun, in which I had major roles, he tried out for and got the role of Kenickie in Grease our senior year. And he was good—really good. Will caught the bug big-time, going on to do much more theater than I ever got around to. He’s become very involved with the Greenville theater scene, both for adults and children. Will is probably best known for his title role one of the biggest hits in local theater history, The Buddy Holly Story. It was such a big deal, he and the rest of the band in the play recorded an album of Buddy Holly and the Crickets tunes. One of those, “That’ll Be the Day”, is the last song on this collection, and can be downloaded from the linked site. I’m very proud of Will and all he’s accomplished.