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Forest F. Harvey: Sing it again, Phil

A memorable event in his Days as a ministerial student at Trevecca Nazarene University, and a family-speak line "Sing it again," recently reminded the writer of his 80th birthday, his wife's 77th birthday, and their 60th wedding anniversary, of Peggy Lee's most famous song, and what a life's meaning will be. He writes: "Benjamin Franklin said, 'If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing."

By Forest F. Harvey

One of the things I liked while attending Trevecca Nazarene University was getting to attend all of the Nazarene churches in Nashville Tennessee. It was part of my training as a Ministerial student. At one church we attended the pastor used his son-in-law Phil, a music student at TNU , for the song leader. When the service was going good at the close of the song, Pastor, setting in the pulpit chair crying, would say, "Sing it again Phil". This statement was etched in both my wife and my memories.


Recently, after our 60th Wedding anniversary, my 80th birthday and my wife's 77th birthday, we were sitting in our rockers on the patio enjoying the cool evening breeze. We talked about the past. We have raised two boys, pastored eleven churches in 38 years, been retired for seventeen years and worked part time in retirement. It has been good and bad and worry and stress. I said to her, "Dear, would you want to 'sing it again?'"

Some of you will remember hearing the sultry-voice of Peggy Lee singing "Is that all there is? I wonder if some of her listeners felt the same?

I recently read about a man passing away and his wife chose to sit at the funeral home while his body was being cremated. Then she asked to see the ashes before they were removed from the Crematorium and given to her. They fit easily into a 4 X 4 inch container less than twelve inches high. I wondered if she thought "Is that all there is? Eighty-five years in this little container?"

Every week I watch the old Lawrence Welk TV shows and some times the Bill Gather Homecoming shows. Most of the singers are gone now. All that remains is a small plastic disk containing their images...Is that all there is?

I have an old cassette tape of my Father-in-law and his Bluegrass Band jamming that I recorded in the early fifties. At one time they played for Doctor Barnes up in Duval Valley for Saturday night dances. Some of you may remember. A lot of the people and all of the band members are now gone. Is that all there is?

Benjamin Franklin said, "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing." Is that all there is? "Sing it again Phil".

Forest F. Harvey
322 South Boyd Street
Winter Garden, Fl 34787


Some of you will remember hearing the sultry-voice of Peggy Lee singing "Is that all there is? I wonder if some of her listeners felt the same?

I recently read about a man passing away and his wife chose to sit at the funeral home while his body was being cremated. Then she asked to see the ashes before they were removed from the Crematorium and given to her. They fit easily into a 4 X 4 inch container less than twelve inches high. I wondered if she thought "Is that all there is? Eighty-five years in this little container?

Every week I watch the old Lawrence Welk TV shows and some times the Bill Gather Homecoming shows. Most of the singers are gone now. All that remains is a small plastic disk containing their images...Is that all there is?

I have an old cassette tape of my Father-in-law and his Bluegrass Band jamming that I recorded in the early fifties. At one time they played for Doctor Barnes up in Duval Valley for Saturday night dances. Some of you may remember. A lot of the people and all of the band members are now gone. Is that all there is?

Benjamin Franklin said, "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing." Is that all there is? "Sing it again Phil".

Forest F. Harvey
322 South Boyd Street
Winter Garden, Fl 34787


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