I was recently browsing my best friend Chris’ music collection and stumbled on his Don Francisco collection. Don is an amazing Christian folk singer that we’ve listened to since we were kids (well teenagers). My CDs have long since been scratched or lost and it was a great joy to listen to Don again. It got me thinking about high school and I suddenly remembered that I have a picture of Chris wearing a t-shirt from one of Don’s albums.
I scanned it and sent a copy to Don via email for kicks – he was, after all, the first Christian concert I attended and remains one of my favorite Christian artists.
I’m sure you won’t remember me, but my friend Chris and I saw you at a concert in Long Beach, CA in the early 90′s at a small church. I can’t recall the year exactly, but we were probably 15 or 16 years old when we saw you. I had never heard your songs before the concert, but I was so moved by your music that we spent all the money we had to buy 2 CDs and two T-shirts.
We sat right next to a woman who claimed to be your sister. After the concert, she invited us “back stage” to meet you. You were kind enough to autograph our T-Shirts and CD’s. We wore those shirts at school (which raised some eyebrows). I attached a picture of me and my friend Chris from our yearbook where you can see Chris wearing your T-shirt.
Anyhow, I stumbled across my yearbook recently and I thought you might get a kick out of the picture. Chris and I have grown up and have families now, but we still listen to your music. I’ve met several “celebrities” in my life, but none quite compared to the humble Christian singer I met when I was a teenager. You are a true celebrity to me (and Chris I’m sure).
Thanks Don. Your music has inspired us both in ways we cannot express.
Three days later, Don sent a reply:
Thank you very much. That photo is just wonderful! Wow, we’ve been around awhile.
What a great God we have.
In case you’re interested in Don’s awesome Christian folk music, please check out his web site. You can download pretty much his entire library as MP3′s on an honor system, but you can also buy CD’s if you prefer.