y Wonderful Surprise: My Visit to Colorado Springs
was looking forward to my appearance in Colorado Springs but I had no idea that
I would receive such a wonderful
Phil Erklen, Master of Ceremonies, President of the International
arrived at the Broadmoor Hotel and Chris and I got unpacked
and then we were treated to a wonderful dinner at the hotel. Our host was a very
talented and creative man, Phil Erklen. He
not only brought us in for an appearance but made it possible for me to see my
dear friend Lynette Marrs who lives in the Springs. Phil included her in all the
functions that he had planned.
next day I was taken to the Good News Piano and Organ Inc. where Phil maintains
his music studios. I met and greeted many people who never let anything slip about
what was about to happen to me.
my appearance I talked to the audience telling them about the making of the movie,
It's a Wonderful Life. I watched some very gifted music students perform.
Then a little Zuzu came out and sang one of my favorite songs. Her name is Whitney
Hayes. Her personality shined and her talent was evident as she sang dressed as
the little Zuzu.
Whitney Hayes, Phillip Keveren and Karolyn
was also enhanced by the appearance of two little boys 6 and 7 years old, who
played the violin. Brothers, Jacob and Jeno Saghi, are extremely talented youngsters
who have very capably conquered the challenge of playing the music of Bach. Joel
Smith performed perfectly as she accompanied these two bright little boys.
was astonished at the talent that Allison McIntire displayed as she played her
passionate music on the Yamaha conservatory grand piano. But my astonishment was
announced that he had asked the renowned composer Phillip Keveren to compose a
song... just for me. As it turned out Yamaha had flown Mr. Keveren into the Springs.
As he approached the piano I started to have goose bumps. The composition is titled
ZuZu... Angels, Bells and Petals. Phil read a dedication from Chris that appears
in the music. I was very moved and the tears started to fall. Then as I heard
the melody of the music begin with the tinkle of tiny bells....I just melted.
heart was so touched that so many people had been involved in this wonderful gift
and I had no inkling about it. These wonderful souls had given their time and
a part of themselves to present me with this wonderful tribute.
tears flowed as I listened to love flow from the music that I will keep in my
heart always. I saw this little face on the cover of the music and I found out
it was painted by a very talented artist from England. She captured the magic
of ZuZu. Her name is Claire Kitcher. Her capable hands and her intuitiveness made
it all come together.
tribute was perhaps the greatest gift that I have ever been given. I feel so privileged
to have had so many people give of themselves for me. I have included a picture
of this wonderful composition. It is a piano solo and includes biographies regarding
every one involved.
Thank you Phil Erklen for having the music of kindness and love in your heart
but most of all for practicing the main message from the movie, that each man's
life touches another.