Born in Oklahoma, in 1938, Cale helped create the Tulsa Sound, which combined blues, rockabilly, and country. He pioneered the use of drum machines, and was famous for his personal laid-back singing style.
However Cale always described himself as a songwriter rather than a singer, and his songs tended to enjoy greater success when performed by others - notably Tom Petty, Santana and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Every day, events prompt me to remember how precious the gift of life is. My husband is the same age as JJ Cale. However, nothing on the physical plane of Earth lasts forever. People are born and then die. The best we can do is love, grow and learn.
JJ Cale used his time on Earth by creating music which will be remembered for generations to come. His sound brings back memories of the freedom and joy of the 1970's for me. Nothing was impossible back then. I refused to listen to my abused heart, instead focusing on nurturing teenage children. I imagined them living wonderful lives and achieving their full potential. My 6'5" eldest son, with his high IQ and his loving nature would contribute to the world in a unique way; his devoted sister would share her gentle spirit with everyone she met; her younger sister would care for all those around her.
Those dreams were largely unfulfilled. My youngest daughter is the only one remaining, and we are separated by half the globe.
I like to hope my beloved children exist on a heavenly plane and that we'll be reunited. Maybe they'll be listening to JJ Cale's music.