You might want to grab some tissues before you watch this video. You know, in case it gets dusty while you're watching it or something.
Green Shoe Studio in East Peoria, Illinois put on a singer-songwriter contest recently, asking people to upload their songs to YouTube. But one entry came in a more old-fashioned format: the studio received a letter.
96-year-old Fred Stobaugh had heard about the contest and decided to send in some lyrics.
Fred's wife Lorraine had passed away only a month before, after 75 years of marriage. He wrote a song about his memories of her and their relationship. It was called 'Oh Sweet Lorraine'.
Technically, Fred wasn't eligible to win the contest, since he hadn't written or performed music to go with his words. He never planned on singing them himself: as he wrote on the outside of the envelope, "P.S. I don't sing, I would scare people, Ha Ha."
But Jacob Colgan, the owner of Green Shoe, decided the lyrics and the story that inspired them were too good to leave in written form.
Jacob contacted Fred and told him he wanted to record a version of 'Oh Sweet Lorraine' with professional musicians, free of charge.
Fred agreed, and the whole process was documented by Oceanna Colgan in the moving video above.
If you like the song, 'Oh Sweet Lorraine' is available on iTunes.
Via Holy Kaw