Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Reasons Why I Sing

Pancocojams Creativity Series

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The Reasons Why I Sing
by Barbara Ray

I truly never dreamed my passion for singing would grow to be this strong.

When I was a young child I had dreams of being on stage singing, dancing and acting. I loved watching Eartha Kitt but I think Lola Falona was my utmost favorite. I still have a vague memory of my father taking me to see a live show. I believe it was Lavern Baker performing and she came out on the stage in a white fur coat.

As I matured those dreams left or maybe they were just no longer predominate in my mind. My real life dreams were having a house with the white picket fence, having children, and growing old with my husband. Well I'm happy the part came true about having children. I thank God for my children and I'm thankful that they have given me grandchildren.

God has given me a gift to perform and I'm just so very thankful. I want to share this gift with the world. And as I walk this path I have met so many people that show me favor and I know it's only because of the goodness of the Lord shining through them upon me. So as long as God grants me the will and good health I will continue to sing for it is a constant prayer of mine - your will in my life, Lord, your will.


Roger Barbour Blues Band Featuring "Ms. B" (Barbara Ray)

Uploaded by HAP1030 on Sep 8, 2009
Roger Barbour Blues Band Featuring "Ms. B" (Barbara Ray)and also featuring Richard Wilson.

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  1. Barbara, thank you so much for your blog post!

    I'm blessed to have you as a friend.

  2. The song that Richard Wilson sings towards the end of the video that features Barbara Ray is a Tampa Red song.

    A video (with a photo of Tampa Red) is included in this pancocojams blog post: