R.I.P. Dr. Ralph Stanley

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I'm a little heartbroken to hear we have lost Dr. Ralph Stanley. Sad

When I hear him sing it always takes me back to Forestville, Kentucky...where it is always late afternoon in the summertime...the spring water always runs pure & cold...the molasses are never bitter. Grandma's mocking bird alights just outside her window and the bobwhite is calling from the holler in the field where the pony grazes. The cows are restlessly congregating around the barn because they know it is almost time to eat and I hear Grandpa whistling as he prepares the milking machine. The lightning bugs are just starting their show. Later, after supper, we will watch a little TV and maybe hear Ralph Stanley playing on the Grand Ole Opry. Life is good.

From the bottom of my heart...Thank You Dr. Stanley for helping to lay down the soundtrack of my life. Godspeed dear soul...your Angel Band awaits.
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My latest sun is sinking fast, my race is nearly run.
My strongest trials now are past, my triumph has begun
O come Angel Band, come & around me stand
O bear me away on your snow white wings to my immortal home
O bear me away on your snow white wings to my immortal home

O bear my longing heart to Him who bled & died for me
Whose blood now cleanses from all sin & gives me victory
O come Angel Band, come & around me stand
O bear me away on your snow white wings to my immortal home
O bear me away on your snow white wings to my immortal home.

https://youtu.be/R9uCWm7fuWY

Just saw this. It affected me more than it should have, I think.

A legend. His inimitable voice will always remind me of my mom listening to the radio program Stained Glass Bluegrass on Sunday mornings when I was a little kid.

One of the greats, for sure!

Both Seth and I (Mike) in past years had together and separately seen Ralph Stanley live at various bluegrass festivals, concerts, etc.

I was so sad when I learned of this.