What Gwen Might Say by Sheryl Lynn

“OMG, Gwen!!!  Wait til you hear this!!!  The guy I like, you know, the one who’s not been around, sent me FLOWERS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!!!  Not only that, he was ALL OVER ME last night!!!  WHAT’S GOING ON!!!  Gwen, call me like RIGHT AWAY!!!  I need you to tell me why he’s doing this!!!  Gwen, call me like RIGHT AWAY!!!!”

My name isn’t Gwen, and I’ve never met the female whose name I can’t quite make out, the female who’s been leaving me multiple versions of the above message for the past two days.  I’ve called the number she keeps leaving on my voicemail, wanting her to know I’m not Gwen and she’s been calling a wrong number.  I always get a busy signal.

I’m guessing either Gwen’s friend will stop calling on her own or I’ll answer one of her calls.  I’ll miss her when she’s gone. I’ve shut the romantic part of me down, and it feels good to bring it back.

Maybe Gwen’s friend’s boyfriend’s just looking for a one night stand.  I hope not.  The undying romantic within me hopes Gwen’s friend’s boyfriend, as unlikely as it might seem, sent flowers and raced back to her after hearing the lyrics to a beautiful song written by Leon Russell and Bernie Taupin called “I Should Have Sent Roses.”   I’m counting the days until I get to experience Leon Russell in concert once more.  In anticipation, I’m reviewing many of the wonderful songs he’s written.  I’d forgotten about this song until Gwen’s friend showed up in my Android:

“Cause I never sent roses
I never did enough
I didn’t know how to love you
Though I loved you so much
And I should have sent roses
When you crossed my mind
For no other reason
Than the fact you were mine
I should’ve sent roses
Yeah should’ve sent roses.”

published by Universal Music Publishing Group

Leon Russell’s music has touched countless hearts.  You’ve probably heard it, even if you don’t think you have.  Donny Hathaway sang us a fabulous version of the song, but he didn’t write it.  Neither did Karen Carpenter, Helen Reddy, Aretha Franklin, Cher, Ray Charles, Donna Summer, Bobby Brown, Peggy Lee, Bizzy Bone, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Willie Nelson, or Bon Iver.  Leon Russell gets the credit for writing “A Song For You.”

Here’s a little of “A Song For You,” Gwen’s friend:

“I love you in a place where there’s no space or time
I love you for my life
You’ re a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singing this song to you.”

published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Thank you so much for bringing your tour into my area, Leon Russell.  Each time I see you in concert, my magical life becomes even more magical.  I saw you in 1971 and 2014.  This is 2015.  Third time’s a charm.  Not only that, I have a feeling something wonderful is about to take place in my life.  I’ve had that feeling for months.  It’s that anticipation that something amazing is about to happen that ushers in more magic.  I don’t know what it is.  I don’t have to know what it is right now.  I know it’s nearly here.  I also know being at your concert will help raise me up, will help activate that magic.

I am ready to receive.

So, Gwen’s friend, are you also ready to receive?  I don’t know why your boyfriend sent you flowers and was all over you.  I hope it’s because he loves you and realizes how important you are to him.  And if he isn’t the one who does, I wish for you someone who will “love you in a place where there’s no space or time.”

All of us deserve nothing less.

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