Richard Hudson

If At First You Don't Succeed...

 

How many times have you ever tried something new, or tried to turn over a new leaf, so to speak, or decided it was time that some changes were to be made? Then immediately when you start the new endeavor it seems that it is all blowing up in your face. Well, don't feel lonesome, because we all have experienced that. As a matter of fact, it is happening to me this week. I have been practicing a new routine for a couple of weeks on a dry run basis. In other words nothing involved except going through the motions to see if it would work. After a couple of weeks of dry run, and some fairly good success, I decided it was time to go live with it this week, and guess what? Right. It ain't going so well so far.

Maybe you were trying for a promotion on your job, and you spent a lot of time and effort in preparing yourself for that promotion only to find out that you had been passed over for someone else, or maybe the position was no longer available. So, is it time to quit trying to better yourself? No, of course not, because even if you didn't get the job you were trying for, look how much better prepared you are to do your present job, and, the better you do, someone is going to notice. Maybe you have lost your job. You are unemployed. You spend hours preparing yourself for the interview for that perfect job that fits you in every way, only to be disappointed when you find out the job went to someone else. Should you just give up and quit trying? After all, that job was perfect for me and if I didn't get that one, there's no hope. No! That's not in my DNA. Never quit trying, and never quit preparing yourself for something better. That big rock doesn't go to pieces the first time you strike it with the hammer, but you weakened it, and if you keep striking eventually it is going to crumble. Life is that way. Every thing does not go the way we would like, but we still keep trying, and we still keep trying to do better. Even if it seems hopeless, it is not. As long as you have a heart beat, and there is still breath, there is still hope. DON'T EVER GIVE UP!

So, back to my little project. Even though things haven't gone as I hoped they would thus far in my new venture, I am not giving up. I know it will work, and I have a plan. I will keep working that plan even though there are setbacks, because I know it will work. Go, and do thou likewise.

Some simple advice that my Dad gave me was that no matter what you do, do your best. Blessings to you folks. My prayers for your good success.

Richard

 

I Am A Child Of The 50's

 

There are a few things on my mind.  Yesterday, Jan 8, was Elvis' birthday.  Those of you who are younger might say, well, big deal. But, to those of us who were around when Elvis came on the scene, it was a big deal.  A very big deal.  More like a huge deal. Unlike anything else I have witnessed in my lifetime.  Rock and Roll was in its infancy, in the mid 50's.  There was a stir when Elvis first emerged about 1954, but nothing earth shattering.  Bill Haley and The Comets had already released "Rock Around The Clock," and Happy Days was being played out in real life for us.  Elvis was part of the opening acts for country stars like Hank Snow and others for a while, but it soon became evident that everyone was not coming to see Hank Snow.  They were coming to see this young kid from Tupelo, MS with the swivel hips and the sultry voice, and the girls were screaming and going crazy.  Elvis' records were getting more and more air time and his recordings were charting.  Then somewhere along the way, Colonel Tom Parker took over, and Elvis was going to be on The Ed Sullivan Show.  He was going to be paid $50,000.  An unheard of amount at the time.  Ed Sullivan, being the conservative type that he was, gave strict orders that Elvis would be shown from the waist up only, but that didn't stop the girls from screaming, and the Elvis phenomenon was in full swing.  Elvis drew crowds that up to that time, were unheard of.  Many times he would do two shows to try to accommodate the overflow crowds.  I remember that was the case in Oklahoma City at the Municipal Auditorium.  The capacity at that time was about 7,500.  It was filled to overflowing, and there was still pandemonium outside of fans wanting to get in, so Elvis agreed to do another show.  It was filled again, and still there was a mob outside wanting to get in. That was the way it was.  There were other big stars at the time, such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, and many others, but none created the stir that Elvis did.

 

Before all of this, this young truck driver walked into Sun Studios in Memphis and asked if he could make a recording for his Mother for her birthday.  Sam Phillips agreed and I am sure he thought to himself, Yeah, another kid that thinks he can sing.  The recording was rough and crude, but Sam Phillips knew this kid had something special.  Deed Eddy, Duane's wife, posed a question of what would we be doing if Elvis hadn't went in to make that recording for his Mother?  That is a hard one to answer.  Rock and Roll had already started, and it was obvious that it was something new, but when Elvis came out, everything exploded and the music world hasn't been the same since.  Am I a fan?  You'd better believe I am.  I have been since I first heard him.  Elvis was uncomfortable when folks would refer to him as The King, but there is no doubt about it.  He is The King Of Rock and Roll, and always will be.

 

Happy Birthday, Elvis.

 

My Friend, Jerry Taylor

 

My life has been blessed in many ways.  One of those ways is that I have been privileged to become acquainted with some of the very finest people on earth.  Every so often, there will be a special connection with one of those new acquaintances and we become friends, almost instantly.  That was the case when I met Jerry Taylor a few years back.  I was leading song services and singing specials in our little church, and one night I noticed a couple that I had never seen before came in and sit near the back, in the middle section.  I noticed right away how the man seemed to take a special interest in my guitar playing and I could feel his genuine smile of appreciation.  Funny how there is a difference in a smile, and a genuine smile.  His wife sat quietly by his side, and after the service was over, they both came up and introduced themselves as I was putting away my gear.  He told me his name was Jerry Taylor, and he also introduced me to his wife, Shirley.  He told me that he played guitar, but hadn't played as much lately because his health was declining.  Time went on and we became better acquainted and somewhere along the way I met Shirley's son, Michael and his wife Trish.  I then found out that I had known Trish's dad for a long time, as we had worked together in the past.  I could go on and on, but I'll try to bring this to a conclusion.  Jerry's health continued to decline until it was serious.  Jerry was a veteran, and was eventually hospitalized in the Veterans Center.  Now, for some regrets.  You know how life is busy and it seems that we can never find time to do all of those little things that we want to do.  Well, such was the case here.  I kept thinking that I wanted to go by the Veteran's Center and visit with Jerry, but something would always get in the way, and I am ashamed to say very regretfully that I never got by to visit him.  Well, today I saw the sad news that my friend, Jerry had passed away.  Jerry deserved better from me.  I know he would have done better by me, had the roles been reversed.  So, please don't put off those little things that you know you should do.  It is the little things that mean so much.  I know Jerry knew how much I respected him and appreciated his friendship, but I should have found the time to go see him. My prayers and best wishes to Shirley and family.  Jerry Taylor was a good guy.  Thank you, Jerry, for serving our country, and thank you for being my friend.

 

Richard

 

Happy Birthday, Dad

 

First, I must apologize for not keeping up with current news with you.  My last entry was last August, commemorating my Mom's birthday.  Yesterday was my Dad's birthday.  Of course my Mom and Dad are no longer with me, but I still miss them like crazy.  I don't think we ever get old enough to not need Mom and Dad's approval or advice every so often.  When I look around and see how many broken homes there are, and how many kids are running around with no one to look up to, it brings it home again about how lucky I was to have a wonderful Mom and Dad who did their best for me and my brother in every way.  I have tried to do the same by my family, but my heart breaks when I know I have fallen short of what I would like to achieve or teach them.  I truly believe that most of the problems that our country, and the rest of the world for that matter, face are because of a break down in the family unit.  Every child deserves to have a Mom and Dad that loves them above all else, and cares enough about them to teach them right from wrong.

This has been a busy winter, and there has also been a few interruptions that have kept me from getting my music back on track.  There is always something to get in the way.  I hope to have my new gospel instrumental album ready by summertime.  It is exciting as it all comes together.  I want this one to be the best I can do, and with God's help, and with the help of friends to advise me, it will be.

My friend, Doyle Dykes, is always trying to encourage everyone to get out there and use your God given gift.  I hope to do that, and may I encourage you to do the same.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  Until next time...

Richard

 

Happy Birthday, Mom

 

My Mom was born on this date, August 18, in 1920.  She had polio as a baby and walked on crutches for the first few years of her life.  My Grandma Lee, Mom's Mother, was a Pentecostal preacher.  In those days they held services in various homes.  Some called those Cottage Prayer Meetings.  One night at one of the meetings they had prayer for my Mom that God would heal her from being crippled.  The next morning she got out of bed and walked to the breakfast table on her own.  She never used the crutches again as long as she lived.  The only way I know this is true is because I have seen numerous pictures of my Mom as a little girl on crutches with obvious physical deformities.  There were no after effects.  Her sisters and her brother also backed up the facts.  Even my 3rd grade school teacher told me that she remembered my Mom as a little crippled girl.  To me my Mom was a living testimony to the miraculous healing power of Almighty God.

Mama was a guitar player, much in the same style as Maybelle Carter of the famous Carter Family, and she also had a beautiful singing voice.  She taught me how to play guitar and we would sing duets at church when I was about 6 years old.  They would stand me on the altar so that people could see me.  It must have been quite a sight for a little boy playing a big old guitar and singing.

My Dad passed away in 1990.  After Daddy passed away, Mom would stay up late at night watching TV until she got so sleepy she couldn't hold her eyes open and only then would she go back to bed.  She and Daddy lived in and around Konawa, OK for their entire lifetimes.  On Thanksgiving morning, in 1992, my family and I drove from our home in Ardmore, OK to spend Thanksgiving day with Mama.  When we arrived at her house I could hear her TV and the front door was still locked, even though she knew we were coming.  I knocked on the door rather lightly, but no answer.  I knocked louder.  Still no answer.  I then rang the doorbell, but still no answer.  About that time a teenage boy whose family was friends with my parents came up and told us that his Mother had not been able to get my Mom to answer the phone all morning.  We found a window unlocked over the kitchen sink.  When I went inside, there sat my precious Mother in her recliner, with her pajamas on, all ready for bed.  She almost had a smile on her face.  She sat there looking so very relaxed, but sometime during the night before she died very peacefully in her sleep.  It was such a shock because there was no history of any kind of heart trouble with her.  

My Mom and Dad were good people.  They were not wealthy but they both never missed an opportunity to help anyone in need.  The community remembered that.  The building where they held my Dad's funeral could not hold all who came, so they sat up extension speakers outside for those who couldn't get inside.  It was almost the same with my Mom.

I have thought many times about how it is only by the Grace of God that my parents were Alvie and Christie Hudson.  I had no say so about that.  I will never measure up to what they were, but I am grateful to have had the privilege of being their son and learning from both of them.  I miss them both.

Richard

 

"Have You Considered My Servant, Job?"

 

According to the Bible, one day a long time ago, the sons of God came to present themselves before Him, and Satan also came among them.  God asked Satan what he was doing.  In today's vernacular Satan would have said something like, "Oh, just messing around."  Actually he was looking for some mischief to get into and also to see if there was someone he could harm, because that's what he does.  God asked him, "Have you considered my servant, Job?"  In my opinion, that is one of the greatest compliments ever paid to a mortal man.  When Almighty God had enough confidence in a mere man that He knew would not fail, no matter what.  Job was a blessed man with great possessions and a wonderful, loving family.  God took his protection away from Job and gave Satan free rein to do whatever he desired to him, except take his life.  Job lost everything, including his sons and daughters.  Only his wife was left to tell him that he ought to curse God and die.  Not exactly the kind of encouragement he needed at the time, but still Job stayed true to God.  Read the book of "Job" sometime.  Most of us know the story.  Through it all Job stayed true to God and his belief in Him.  In the end, he was restored to more than he had before.  But, the thing that struck me more than anything else about this story is that God trusted Job without reservation above all other men on the face of the earth.  All of this, I think, just to let us know that we should trust God, no matter what.  I don't know about you, but it also reminds me of how much more I need to consecrate my life and everything I am to the Almighty and to trust Him in all circumstances.  Life may be great for you, but it would be so much greater if you invite Him into your life.    

 

A Follow Up On Exercise

 

A few days ago I posted a blog on the importance of daily exercise and diet.  I want to follow up on that entry with some safety tips for those of us who walk or run on public streets.

First you might ask, "What's a guitar picker doing giving me advice on diet and exercise?"  Well, as I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I am not a professional trainer nor am I a professional nutritionist.  I am just passing on some tips that have worked for me.  I am going into my 7th decade on God's green earth and I still work every day and I am never sick.  Most of my friends that are my age take a handful of pills every morning and get sick every time the weather changes.  I give praise to my Creator for granting me good health and the desire to want to maintain it.

As I mentioned before, I walk 2 miles briskly every morning, unless the temperature is below 20F or if precipitation is falling or if there is ice on the ground.  I walk on public streets around my neighborhood.  It is vitally important to understand a few things about how to be safe when you are walking on public streets, especially before or after daylight.  

Number one rule is always wear light colored clothing.  Something with reflective material in it is even better.  Even shoes with reflective material sewn in them.  If you wear dark colored clothing, it makes it hard for anyone to see you.

Number two rule is always walk facing the traffic, and get as far as you can over next to the curb.  Again, you want to make it easy for motorists to see you and also for you to be able to watch motorists so that you can take evasive action if necessary.  And, believe me, sometimes it is necessary.  Remember almost everyone has a cell phone nowadays and very often they are occupied texting or talking on the phone.  They may not even see you, so you must watch out for yourself.  

Number three rule is be courteous to the motorists.  Never step out in front of a motorist just because you have the right of way.  If they don't see you or just don't yield for you, you are just as dead, right or wrong.  Don't ever take that chance.  You lose.  When they do offer you the right to pass, smile and mouth a thank you or a wave/salute.  Remember the streets and highways were made for motorists, not pedestrians.  So, in essence, we are guests on their territory.

Number four rule is don't ever wear headphones or earbuds so that you can listen to music while you walk or run.  You must be able to hear everything going on around you.  I understand that listening to music helps break the monotony, but it is extremely dangerous.  Remember your life and safety have to be your number one priority.

Those are the main points.  Remember to always dress appropriately.  Wear head and ear covering when the temps are cold.  Wear comfortable shoes.  Take care of your feet.  Don't get blisters, and if you do, take care of them immediately so that you don't get an infection.  Even miss walking, if you must, until it heals.

Another important thing to do is to stretch before you walk or run.  Stretch your legs and back.  Do a couple of side twists and touch your toes a couple of times.  When you return from your walk or run, remember to stretch again.  It is just as important to stretch in the cool down phase as it is to stretch to warm up.  You will not experience soreness like you will if you don't stretch, both before and after.

My best to you in trying to maintain your health.  Remember to drink plenty of water, eat sensibly and exercise every day.  Keep a smile on your face and go out to meet the world with a good positive attitude.

God bless you.

Richard

 

Tips For Seasoned Citizens

 

At this phase of my life I am becoming more aware of the importance of staying healthy.  Mind you, I said, "staying healthy."  Now let me say up front that I am not a medical professional nor a nutritionist, but I just know what has worked for me to maintain my quality of life, so I thought I would share some ideas with you.  If it helps, then we are both the better for it.  The things I will share are personal for me and may or may not work for you, so here goes.

I.  I BELIEVE IN A HIGHER POWER

I believe in Almighty God.  I believe He created the Heavens and the Earth from nothing.  I also believe He created Man and everything that inhabits the earth.  In other words, I believe everything we can see and also things not seen was created by Him.  I am a Christian, which means that I believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin.  I believe He lived on this earth as a man for just over 30 years.  I believe He felt pain and gladness just as we do.  I believe He felt temptation the same way we do.  I believe that He died on a cross for the sins of the world, including mine, and I believe He was resurrected the third day.  I believe He ascended back into heaven after promising that He was going to prepare a place for us, so that we could some day dwell with Him forever in that place.

I try to live my life as nearly as I can according to His teachings.  Being called a Christian does not mean that I am perfect.  I am human, and from time to time I make mistakes, but it is never because of His shortcomings. It is because I am a flawed human and I am not strong enough on my own to live a life of perfection.  I start my day, every day, with prayer and time alone with Him.  I am always careful to thank Him for everything and ask Him to guide me in everything I do.  FORM THE HABIT OF PRAYING DAILY BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR REGULAR ACTIVITIES.

Physical exercise is vitally important to your physical well being.  As soon as I get out of bed in the morning, I dress and go for a 2 mile brisk walk.  By brisk I mean 4 mph, or 30 minutes for 2 miles.  Barring inclement weather, I do this every day.  If it is 20F or above, I walk.  Dress appropriately.  As soon as I return from my walk, I go directly to my back yard and do a half dozen or so army PT exercises.  I do 12 repetitions of each.  My daily dozen.  That includes a side twister, bend and reach, squats, pushups, ab crunches and others.  Then it is time for a cup of coffee and 30 minutes or so of quiet time.  FORM THE HABIT OF EXERCISING DAILY.

Nutrition is vitally important also.  I am not qualified to lay out a diet for you to follow, however I believe that in order to stay healthy it is important to watch what you eat.  Common sense is the rule.  Sensible portions.  Stay away from processed foods.  No artificial sweeteners.  Never eat white bread.  Cut out sugar and sweets as much as possible.  Don't add salt to what you eat.  Eat a lot of green veggies.  Veggies of all colors actually, but especially green, like collard greens, spinach, mustard greens, asparagus (yuk), broccolli, etc.  Never use margarine.  Butter instead. Carbonated soft drinks are not good for you.  Especially diet drinks (artificial sweeteners).  Try to limit to one cup of coffee per day. DRINK LOTS OF WATER.  Stay away from bottled water.  There are added chemicals.  Filtered water, if it is available to you or just plain tap water.  How much water?  A good rule of thumb is to divide your weight by 2, and drink that many ounces every day.  In other words, if you weigh 200, drink 100 ounces of water.  It is not as hard as you might think, if you will have water available throughout the day and just drink it as you work or do your activities.  You will go to the bathroom a lot, believe me, but that's just part of it.  It helps to flush all of the bad stuff out of your body.  I once heard it said to eat breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a pauper.  Stay away from fast foods, carry out foods and the like.  Eat sensible portions, drink water and get plenty of sleep.  EXERCISE DAILY, SPEND QUIET TIME, EAT SENSIBLY AND GET PLENTY OF SLEEP.

I have never taken a flu shot except when I was in the army and forced to take one.  I don't ever get the flu either.  A good positive attitude is some of the best preventative medicine you can have, and it's a lot cheaper.  Just think how much money you can save if you never get sick.  Doctors and hospitals are outrageously expensive.  Medical bills can and will ruin you, so take care of your body.  Keep a good attitude.  Instead of giving in to that feeling that you are going to be sick, put up your resistance, stay busy and you would be surprised at how easy it is to fend off most colds, etc.  You are what you think you are.  Your attitude is your altitude.  Stay positive, stay busy and rise above it all.

Now, do I practice what I preach?  For the most part, yes, I do.  However I am about 20 pounds overweight and I am struggling to get it down to where it should be.  I am an active person and I do have a hearty appetite and Conchieta is an excellent cook, so it is a battle, but we are trying.

In summary, let me say this.  Stay happy.  Have a good positive outlook on life.  Exercise daily.  Spend some quiet time every morning.  That is also a good time to pray.  Eat sensibly with lots of green veggies, no sweets, added salt or processed foods.  Drink plenty of water.  Stay active every day and get plenty of sleep.  Try to live every day as if it will be your last, but plan to live forever.  Don't ever give up and think you are too old.  Methuselah lived to 965 years, so none of us are old.

Thank God everyday for life.  My best to you all.

Richard

 

New website photo

 

I finally found the original photo that I was seeking.  The image is now much sharper.  I hope you like it.

 

Thanks,

Richard

 

Initial "Note From Richard"

 

This will be my first "Note From Richard." From time to time I will post what is going on the life and times of Richard Hudson, musician, businessman, husband, dad, and most importantly Pa Pa to Devon, Camden, Ashtyn, Carys, Rowan and Caylys. I have been out of action, so to speak, for the last couple of years due to various reasons, but daylight is burning and there are places to go and people to see, so I must be about The Master's business.  

This will be one of my shorter notes of many more to come, but I want to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for taking the time to visit me. I will try to keep things interesting for you. I hope as my itenerary broadens, that you will come out to see me when I make it to your neck of the woods. As invitations come in, I will do my best to honor them all if at all feasible. I will be recording and releasing some singles in the near future. Probably more along the line of Gospel instrumentals. I hope these recordings will be enjoyable for you. 

I am humbled by the many very kind comments that come my way. You are the reason I do what I do. To say thank you seems so inadequate, but believe me when I say I am grateful to you and to Almighty God that has given me the ability to make music. When I play and sing, it enables me to worship Him who gave me the gift and at the same time provides me with more pleasure and peace than I would be able to achieve otherwise.

If you have thoughts, let me hear them. I read all of my mail.  Until next time may all of your days be filled with sunshine and may you dream good dreams and may they all come true.

Richard