In Loving Memory of Scott Lanphear
I lost a brother this month (Jan 12). Although not by blood, he was kin by just about every other measure. There is a certain level of rare friendship you reach with a person where time and distance no longer have much impact on the sum of the relationship. Scottie was one of those people. Over the past few years we didnt get to see eachother much, but when we did – up there in Merkel Texas – it was like the good ol’ days when we were together all the time. He was a mountain of a man with a heart of pure gold. Scottie had the amazing ability to light up a room wherever he went. Our friendship spanned almost 30 years.
He left a world that was truly better off with him in it.
Scottie was probably the biggest fan of an old band I was in from 10 or so years ago called 12 Gauge Strings. His favorite song was called “The Window”, which he would post periodically on social media. It is an existential tune that is hopeful that we all might meet up again one day on the other side.
It is your song now buddy.
The Window – Lyrics by Kati (Weldon) Horton
It’s 3 am and I’m lookin’ out my window
I realize that this life is passin’ me by
This life is fadin’ fast, As I journey back
Down the road that I’ve come along so far
I used to think that I had forever
To do the things that I wanted to get done
But forever is snatched away, at any moment of any day
I’ll never know when my day might come
Will I see you when I get there
Will it be the same as it is here
Will we pick up with life
Where we left off
Will the pain go away that I try to hide
Will the end result be worth the ride
And can I be sure that I’ll see you on the other side
Will I want to go if I find out they won’t be there
They’ve made my life what it is today
The other side just won’t suit me
Cuz my friends are a part of me
We’ll make this time worth each and every day
Nah nahs FOREVER