Wild Bill McKubby joins us every afternoon from 3-6pm. Wild Bill has lots of interviews with celebrities, country artists and movers and shakers. Wild Bill has worked at WBYZ about 10 years ago and is glad to be back in Southeast Georgia close to family and friends. He's married to his lovely wife Marilyn has a 6 year old Girl named Emma and a baby boy on the way named William.
Denise Brown sister of Nicole Brown Simpson used Ronnie's song "Bricks From The Ashes" as a rallying cry for those affected by domestic abuse. "Bricks from The Ashes" sung by Ronnie Kimball and written by Michael Berardi has recieved over 1,500 messages from women around the world who have been touched by this song. Here's my interview with Ronnie Kimball.
"You have no idea how much your song touched my soul. I believe in my heart that God gave you that vision, so that you could write that song just for me. I know there are a lot of women that feel the same way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Sarah. Michael Berardi who wrote this song, has recieved over 1,500 messages just like these across the world about his powerful song. Here's the song, "Bricks From The Ashes".
As I was sleeping one night, a picture suddenly appeared in my mind. It was one of those times when you just know you are really there. Everything around you is crystal clear. You can smell the air, touch the trees, and feel the emotions of the moment. You know that this is not merely another dream.
I saw a woman standing in front of a large pile of ashes. She was dressed in dark clothing and she was wearing a veil that hid her face. I could only see her eyes. Her eyes were sad and filled with tears. I watched as she knelt down, cupped her hands together, and picked up a handful of ashes. She then formed a brick out of the ashes. She took the brick and placed it gently down next to another brick. She kept repeating this over and over. After a while I realized what she was doing. She was building a road out of the bricks.
I looked in the direction that the road was leading and far in the distance, rising just beyond the gray horizon, was the most beautiful light! It was a pure and peaceful light. I became very curious as to who this woman was and what she was trying to do. Suddenly, she turned her face toward me, and as her tearful eyes met mine, she slowly took the veil from her face. I was shocked to see that her face was badly bruised. As I walked toward her, I finally realized who she was. She was someone I loved dearly and who had passed away several years before. She was a loving aunt who lived upstairs from me when I was growing up. She was terribly abused by her husband.
As the scene faded from my mind, I began to wake up. Immediately, the title "Bricks From the Ashes" and many other lyrical and melodic ideas began to fill my mind. I recorded my ideas and the next day my wife, Cheryl, helped me finish the song.
As much as I would love to take credit for writing it, the real author of Bricks From the Ashes is the Lord. I truly believe that this song was given to me in this vision for one purpose - to help the many hurting souls who are living in abusive relationships. Perhaps, somewhere in this song, they will hear a line or a verse that will give them just enough encouragement to take that frightful first step toward building a new life, not only for themselves, but for those they love. This is my hope and prayer.
I had a chance to talk with Bob McGrath of Sesame Street who has partnered with The Songs of Love Foundation.
The Songs of Love Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates uplifting, personalized songs for children and teens struggling with a life-threatening illness or lifetime disability--free of charge. Each CD is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child's name and references to all of his or her favorite activities, things, people, and pets. Songs are written and performed in the musical style that the child likes best (pop, r&b, rap, rock, alternative, etc.), by a variety of talented professionals. The organization is named after a song called "Songs of Love" that Julio Beltzer (Songs of Love founder John Beltzer's twin brother) wrote just 2 months before he died on April 12, 1984.
As each child is unique, so is every "song of love" composition. Since 1996 the Songs of Love Foundation has reached out to over 26,000 children in over 500 hospitals and health care facilities in all 50 states. The songs have often been played to alleviate pain and trauma during painful and scary hospital treatments. The song recipients have played their "songs of love" during hospital treatments and during car trips to the hospital, show and tell at school, for family and friends in person or on the phone, and even for the doctors and nurses. A "song of love" is a powerful therapeutic tool that provides positive reinforcement whenever it is needed. It reflects back to each child their beauty and spirit and let's them know how truly special they are. Since 199 they have reached out to over 26,000 children. They have just surpassed their 26,000th child!
Artsist who have participated are the great Bob McGrath, David Lee Roth, Jason Mraz, Michael Bolton and even Elmo! We have hundreds of singer/songwriters allover the country who have given back with the talents they have been given. We are always looking for more singer/songwriters. They have been featured on 60 Minutes with Dan Rather, Today Show, CNN, ABC World News (with you!), NBC Nightly News, the New York Times, Parade magazine and many others.
They have received thousands of letters exclaiming the benefits our "songs of love" have on the children.
Siri Bream, a certified Child Life Specialist from the Children's Hospital of Richmond, VA, states, "Songs of Love is such an invaluable gift for our children and families that counteracts and comforts any of the fear, anger or grief that an illness or injury brings. The healing power of music is huge, but the power of feeling validated, of being honored, of being important enough to have a song that is entirely all about YOU, gives our patients a sense of belonging in this world, a sense of hope, a renewed purpose and determination to LIVE".
People can find out more about Songs of Love by going to our web site at www.songsoflove.org or by calling us at 800-960-SONG.
"I have spent 12 years of my life bound by the chains of addiction of substance abuse. At one time in my life, I had burnt every bridge and destroyed every relationship with family, friends, and everyone I had come in contact with until there was no one. I was all alone. I know what it's like to be homeless. To lose ever material possession you once had, and to meet what some would call rock bottom head on with a shovel. I know what it's like to lose people that never come back. I know what it's like to live in a hopeless state of mind to where not only death was inevitable, I was inviting it day in and day out. I know what it's like to live with no meaning or direction in life, with nowhere to go but down to your knees to throw up a sinner's prayer. It is a miserable existence. I also know what it's like to bounce back and to pull yourself up out of death's doorway and to renew a relationship with God and strive to do better. I am a very spiritual person today; it's the little things I appreciate and pay attention to. Today I have a choice, and I choose to live. " – Kyle Douglas.
I've talked to scores of new country artists in my radio career and Kyle's song, "Clean Hands" and his story hit me like a ton of bricks! I've never really got this kind of reaction before to a song but "Clean Hands" will make you a believer.