Yesterday, I posted about being lost. I didn’t really expect that to be followed up by a life lost. A couple actually (That I know of. There are a lot of people, so I’m sure there were more). I can only post of the ones that I know. That hit me. And that was two. One much more than the other. I have been holding on to these pictures for about a month now. This is actually only a portion of them. And truth is, I didn’t love them and I wasn’t sure that they worthy of sharing. I’m still not sure that they are. I struggled as I thought…I’ll get better pictures next concert. Sadly…devastatingly…there will not be another concert. No. One half of this amazing duo lost his life yesterday afternoon. My heart is broken. Troy Gentry. The one without the hat. He left this world at the age of 50 due to a helicopter crash. So, these were the last of the pictures for me and probably some of the last recent ones that are circulating of him.
I’m still having a hard time believing it. I saw him just barely less than a month ago. Goofy off, entertaining. Everything that I’ve ever seen him do several times before and the things that he was most famous for. This man, this duo they have been in my top five since they came out.
I never thought that I’d be one of those fans that was absolutely heartbroken over a loss like this. Truth is, I’m not one of those “fans” that gets all up in arms over a celebrity. They’re human. It also seems strange to me to mourns someone who I’ve never actually met. Still, upon reading the words from the official MG facebook page, tears filled my eyes and I could feel my heart breaking. This has happened only once before and it is still strange to me how we can often ache over the loss of someone we do not actually know. Maybe it is the loss of my own life o that yet another iconic fixture in my life gone. Maybe it is the image of the men that I believe these two to be. The kind of people who you just know brighten the world a bit. That was a little sappy, but just the same. Who knows the answers? The mind, the heart…they are strange little things. My heart aches mainly for his friends and family. I mourn the loss of music that will now never be made. The concerts that will never happen. Some of it is selfish, some of it is not. I cannot even begin to imagine what his family is going through and I’d do anything for them to not have to feel this pain. There is already so much going on in the world, this was just one more thing to make it a little bit sadder. At least for some of us. I’m not really sure what to say. What would do it justice. My thoughts are a bit scrambled and probably not coming out the way that I intended. I just hope that my pictures do. The ones that I’ve chosen to post today. I hope that they show some sense of care and honor. I also repeat these words as his voice rings in my head singing the very ones:
‘So now I’m slowing it down and I’m looking around
And I’m lovin’ this town and I’m doing alright
Ain’t worried ’bout nothing except the man I wanna be
I’m thinking it’s time to be livin’ the rhyme
When I’m singing a song about nothing but right
And it’d sure be nice if you would roll with me
Who knows what’s up ahead
I think I’d rather not know instead’
I can picture him living these words and maybe it is best that we don’t know what is up ahead. I think so many of us would do a lot less living if we did. So, here’s to living each day a little bit more, because we truly do not know when it will end. So, here’s to you, Mr. Troy Gentry. May you rest in peace, may your family find as much peace as possible in this situation, and may you keep rolling on. I never got the chance to actually meet you, but I’m pretty sure that you are every bit the man who I envisioned you to be off stage. Sing high and go rest on that mountain.
As for tomorrow: Lord, I hope this day is good. It will be a little sadder, but I hope that it can be good for some of us.
For those that picked up on it, the other loss was one Mr. Don Williams. The first song I heard was “Lord, I hope this day is good.” And that song often plays in my head. It could be that it rings so very true for me most days anymore.
‘Lord, I hope this day is good
I’m feelin’ empty and misunderstood
I should be thankful Lord, I know I should
But Lord, I hope this day is good
Lord, have you forgotten me
I’ve been prayin’ to you faithfully
I’m not sayin’ I’m a righteous man
But Lord, I hope you understand’
The CD I own has been played many of times. It will be rotated between Montgomery Gentry CDs for a while. It just seems right. So, Mr. Williams, may you also sing high and rest upon that mountain. I can see you and Mr. Gentry playing guitar and singing a duet. I smile, because I can only imagine how that would be and I’d definitely pay to see it.
I have rambled enough for now. Rest in peace, Mr. Williams and Mr. Gentry. Thank you for the songs and the memories.
Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
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