Old Rocking Chair – piano/vocal


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When an acquaintance of mine, Gay Tregaskis, sent me a poem
she’d written and told me the story behind it, I was honored to be able to put
her beautiful and touching words to music. The story is best told in her own
words: “When I was expecting my first baby, I wanted an antique rocking chair.
I found one listed in the newspaper that said, ‘old, but loved.’ I remember
going to look at it with my husband in November. It was old and worn… the seat
springs were broken, the fabric was faded and torn. I loved it! We bought it
for a forgotten amount and my sweet mother-in-law had it repaired and
re-upholstered for my Christmas gift. Our little son was born on January 31st.
I spent hours and hours just rocking God’s little miracle. On Mother’s Day that
year, I woke up and just began writing. There were only one or two lines I
shifted. It felt like all the babes and parents who ever sat in the old chair
wanted me and mommies-to-be to understand the precious moments spent rocking
and bonding. It still brings tears to my eyes. These words are a gift given to
me for my children and all who they touch. Our moments to share pass on fleet
feet… especially with our children. Please – if any of my poems can be given
forward in song, this is the one I want parents to share and to be impressed to
never forget how quickly time passes – to cherish the ‘now.’ If singing our
song will give pause for parents to bond, then those souls passed on who
visited and inspired this verse will have peace.” 6 pages. Early intermediate
level. Download includes an accompaniment track for rehearsal or

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