Michael's songs and voice have been a part of my wife and my 19 1/2 years of marriage, and then some. His songs have captured and expressed our emotions and love, through good times and bad, like no other artist. But his lyrics have always given us hope and sustained us. Having been a Marine for over 21 years, we've had to endure times apart. In 1989, during Just Cause in Panama, she would send me tapes, expressing her love and devotion; On my boat ride to the Middle East, in 2003, it was CDs with Michael's voice connecting us and expressing what we could never capture in our own words.
My trip back to Iraq in 2005 was more difficult for us. I was ready to retire from the Marines, but pulled my retirement to go back. Not because I believed in the politics, but because I knew I had abilities that could help my fellow Marines. Again, her love poured out to me through the voice and lyrics of Mickey B.
Now I'm retired and living in Kansas. Two nights ago we went to hear him again in concert. The power, depth, and range of his voice were as fresh as the first time we heard him. Leaving the concert, two ladies ahead of us were asking each other, "What is he? an alto? a tenor?". I yelled up to them, he's just a FANTASTIC singer.
As much as we enjoy his music and voice, I hope when we're celebrating our 50th anniversary, he's out playing golf, shooting hoops, or enjoying his great-grand children.
Thank you for the gift of your music and all that it's done for us.