I finally did! Alex, a new friend I met recently, joined me after I told him that he could find me at Amanda Coffee & Tea if he wanted to chill out. I was so surprised to see the place crowded with expats and yachties. You don't get to see such sight everyday.
He sang and played good Country songs. And he had a great sense of humour too!
I met Gene Nelson in person for the third time last night. He is a great writer and regular performer in Nashville, Gene is credited with penning Kathy Mattea's career song 18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses as well as Burning Old Memories. Hits by other artists include I Have You (Glen Campbell), Bubba Hyde (Diamond Rio), Jukebox with a Country Song (Doug Stone), Old Coyote Town (Don Williams), This Everyday Love (Rascal Flatts), more.
Gene came to greet me, then grabbed a chair, sat down beside me and started playing his guitar. The beautiful tunes apparently put me into trance in an instance. Slowly and soothingly, I felt like I'd been lifted up and the dark clouds above my head seemed to go away.
Gene played and sang "18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses" by Kathy Mattea and Captain "Fatty" whistled along.
Iz and Alex asked Gene to sing a song for us. And so he did, he picked one of the songs that he wrote for Kathy Mattea named "18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses". It felt so good when listening to him sing. I felt like as if I was cuddling in my comfy blanket on a rainy day. His dreamy voice and lovely tone, that had put me in awe, gave the song a whole lot different feel. Unlike Kathy's cachty version, Gene's was a more pleasant one. Captain "Fatty" whistled along with the song to add some excitement to it. Everyone applaud with enthusiasm at the end of the song.
A close-up shot of Gene's hand
It was a night to remember...A night of laughter and music. Although it was just a few hours at Amanda's, I was surrounded by happy people that indirectly made me feel good. After bidding everyone goodbye, I went home with light steps and my heart filled with joy and hope.