It’s always touching when families get to pass down their passions and talents to the next generation. Some family members inspire a love of special hobbies, skills, or even knowledge that could give them a boost in their careers.
In the case of one grandpa, the love of music he passed on to his granddaughter manifested itself in an incredibly beautiful way.
Chera Willett was cleaning out her garage one day when she and her husband stumbled upon a box of papers. Inside, Chera found something that made her heart skip a beat: the lyrics her dad, Mike Brook, wrote to a song many, many years ago.
Brook, according to The Western Journal, had wanted to join the army when he was 21, but he’d been held back due to injuries from playing football and partial deafness.
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Into the 1980s, Brook had heard many incredible stories about veterans of the Vietnam War. Inspired by their heroism, he fashioned their experiences into a beautiful song Chera remembers him singing to her as a child.
“To us, it is a childhood memory of my dad putting his heart into the lyrics of a song and crying as he sang it,” Chera said of her tearjerking discovery. Chera then had the idea to turn this special memory into a beautiful gift for her dad.
Chera’s daughter, Karli Willett, takes after her grandpa Mike in the music department. As a fledgling singer-songwriter, Chera thought her daughter would be the perfect person to breathe new life into Mike’s lyrics.
“My daughter being a singer and songwriter, I immediately had the idea to finish the song and record it as a surprise for Christmas for my Dad,” Chera recalled. “It was a precious moment.”
In a Facebook post sharing her side of the story, Karli recalled the excitement of getting to cover a song that meant so much to her family.
“My Paw Paw wrote a song wayyyyyy before I was born. He wrote this when my mom was a little girl,” the young musician wrote. “My mom broke down in tears as she remembered the song. For Christmas I decided to surprise my Paw Paw and record his song.”
“This meant so much to me,” Karli continued in her post, sharing in her grandpa’s spirit of honoring those who have served. “This is a story told about a Vietnam Veteran. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VETERANS!!”
So, on Christmas Eve, Chera and Karli had made all the finishing touches and perfected a recording of Mike’s song to surprise him with. As they began to play the recording, Mike’s face absolutely lit up with joy upon hearing the first few lyrics to his song.
“This is a simple home recording and I hope it touches your heart the way it has mine,” Karli wrote, wrapping up her Facebook post about the patriotic song.
Chera and Karli’s love for “Paw Paw”, as well as the whole family’s honor and appreciation of the brave men and women who have given their lives for freedom, definitely have touched our hearts.
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Alaska is a state like no other. It’s still a veritably untamed place, where the weather and the wildlife are both out to get you. It takes a special kind of person to hack it in America’s last frontier. A simple run to the grocery store can be hazardous in some conditions, and just taking the garbage out at night may find you face-to-face with hundreds of pounds of brown bear. But ask any Alaskan what they hope to avoid the most, and many will tell you it’s the moose that you have to worry about. These creatures are simply enormous, and they have just enough of an attitude to be more than a nuisance when confronted. Combine that with the fact that plenty of Alaskans are killed each year after automotive collisions with these gargantuan animals, and you have a real recipe for trouble. This week, however, a different sort of moose story made headlines, and with some adorable photos to show for it. Last week, pictures of a man in Alaska lifting a moose calf over a highway guardrail were posted on Facebook. According to Andrea N Salty Bock, who posted the pictures on Facebook, the calf and its mother were near Clam Gulch, on the Kenai Peninsula. The mother was apparently trying to get her baby to go over the guardrail, but it was too tall for the calf. “Traffic stopped to give her the room she needed,” the Facebook post said. “But the calf could not clear the guardrail.” The photos were captivating. Authorities, while thankful that the moose was able to continue on its way, warned that the situation was still a dangerous one, despite the size and age of this animal.
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The moment was simply magical.
For as much controversy as has been manufactured around the National Anthem, there is still nothing quite like witnessing a powerful rendition of a song that brings so many of us pride here in the United States. In the annals of sports history, there are but a few moments of anthemic joy that stand atop the list, with this author’s personal favorite being the incredibly salient and pointed version performed by Whitney Houston at the Super Bowl in 1991: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lCmBvYMRs Now, 30 years and some months later, another unforgettable anthem moment has arrived. Nassau Coliseum was roaring with energy Wednesday night as fans in attendance belted out the National Anthem before the New York Islanders Game 6 victory over the Boston Bruins in a viral moment that is sure to give anyone chills. Nicole Raviv regularly sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Isles games at the Coliseum but on Wednesday night she was overpowered by the crowd, even turning over the microphone to the fans. “My heart is full. The coliseum will forever have the best backup singers in the #NHL,” Raviv wrote on Twitter. A moment like this was made for social media, and it soon spread like wildfire. https://twitter.com/NHLonNBCSports/status/1402773091672068098?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1402773091672068098%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fsports%2Fislanders-fans-national-anthem-viral-game-6-bruins The fans were ready, however, after a microphone glitch forced them to join in on the anthem just two games earlier.
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