Well, hello there. Let’s start this issue off with congratulations to the winner of the ‘What Willie’s Music Has Meant to My Life” contest, Mary Soileau of Alexandria, Louisiana. Mary has promised to write about her trip to Tahoe so it can be shared by the rest of us. Her winning entry follows below:
What Willie’s Music Has Meant to My Life
Willie’s music changed my life. I heard Willie sing and I had to see him. After that concert I couldn’t wait for stores to open so I could buy Willie’s records. For the first time in my life I joined a fan club so I’d know where and when Willie was singing, although I’m in poor health and limited in my activities.
An extra of Willie’s music is the people you meet through mutual love for Willie. I’ve met people throughout Louisiana, in Texas, even have a pen-pal in Florida because we love Willie and his music. Willie’s music brings out special feelings in people. I think it’s because his music tells of people the way we really are and lets us know we all belong to the same family.
Willie’s concerts are special but one I’d like to share. Willie did a concert in my home town. I had to have up front tickets. The day before tickets went on sale I went to check. People were already in line. My heart began breaking. I knew it was impossible for me to stay outdoors all night. It got colder, I began making my way to the car. Suddenly a stranger called to me. She asked why I was leaving. I mentioned one problem and without pause she replied, “I’ll get you tickets and you’ll have as good a seat as mine.” I had a front row seat.
That’s what Willie’s music means to people and to me.
Thank you Willie, your devoted fan,
Mary (Mrs. Rudie R.) Soileau