This past weekend I went, in place of my Dad, to The Great Western Fan Festival. Fan Fest features some of todays top selling Southern Gospel artists. Here are some of my favorite groups from this past weekend.
How could I forget the incomparable, personable, and most sincere group RSV! Jim, Don, Tim, and Daymon are, honestly, the sweetest and funniest guys you will ever meet. I am so glad I was able to meet, and spend time with them, along with Helen and Joanna, this past weekend. If you are in Southern California, their next show will be on May 16 in Yorba Linda. From The Collingsworth Family, Kim Collingsworth. Tribute Quartet Miss Lille Knauls The Hoppers. The man with the long hair is their bus driver, and sings an occasional song with them. He is amazing!
If you are at all interested in Southern Gospel music, and live in Southern California, my family and I promote groups in the area. Check out Ralph Dean Productions for more information.
Three weeks ago today, my Dad suddenly passed away. It was and has been a tough couple of weeks, mainly because the “firsts” have already begun. This past Thursday, was my first birthday without my Dad. I will miss getting his thoughtful cards, that were always propped up against my pillow, and the bunch of daisies to go along with the card (even though I don’t care for daisies anymore). This weekend I will be taking the place of my Dad at a Southern Gospel Music Convention, and the following weekend is my sister’s birthday, and then Mother’s Day. Three more firsts that are happening all too soon. Although I know he is gone, it all doesn’t seem quite real yet.
Thankfully we have had a tremendous outpouring of support from my Dad’s work, Emanuel Reformed Church, and the people he served with. We have had meals delivered to us, the dessert reception was taken care of, and two of my Dad’s co-workers and friends set up a GoFundMe account, to help with the funeral costs. We truly have been so blessed with such an outpouring of love, support, and prayers.
Please, I urge you and your families to go to the doctor on a regular basis and have some form of funeral plan jotted down. It doesn’t have to be all of the details, but just basic information. It is also imperative that you visit your doctor every six months. If six months have gone by, and you suddenly pass away, your primary physicians is not held liable and does not have to sign your death certificate. Also, funerals are so expensive! Life insurance, will save your family from financial stress. Even if it is just for $10,000, that amount can help cover the funeral expenses.
Now for the music! My Dad was a huge influence on my musical taste. At his memorial service, we were able to play some songs that reminded us of him. We celebrated his life, at his home going, with around 700 people in attendance. I am so glad that I was able to share my Dad with so many, and to see that he made a difference and touched so many diverse lives. Heaven’s choir has gained a sound man! https://youtu.be/rz6WkC3Fi9Y
These songs were played at his Home Going Service