May 10, 2018
By Gene Stevens
America’s greatest president, Abraham Lincoln once said: “All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Smokey Robinson’s mom told her son ‘You better shop around.’ And Jann Arden remembers her mom’s voice – it’s what “keeps me here, feet on the ground, heart in hand, facing forward, be yourself.”
Our mothers have enormous influence on us, and have inspired generations of songwriters to put their thoughts and feelings to music. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I’ll have my annual ‘Vintage Favourites’ spotlight on mom. Many of the songs are annual ‘must-play’ favourites but I always manage to find a few surprises, as I have again this year…
So, I hope you’ll join me for a poignant emotional journey through song – praising, appreciating, and remembering ‘mom’ on her special day this Sunday at 2pm.
I’ll also have a 3-song salute to the legendary Frank Sinatra who died 20 years ago, along with celebrations of Montreal – established this week in 1642 – and birthday salutes to Lucille Starr (‘The French Song’) and Tom Cochrane, with his heart-felt re-recording of ‘Big League’ in tribute to the young hockey players who died in that bus crash near Humboldt Saskatchewan.
Please tune in this Sunday from 2:00 to 4:30 for ‘Vintage Favourites’. Cheers, Gene.