I was so touched by this story I heard today. A 96-year-old man wrote a song about his late wife. Together for 75 years, Fred Stobaugh entered his song in a contest. In his entry letter he said he was not a musician and not a very good singer but Fred’s story was touching. When the recording studio read Fred’s letter and beautiful tribute to his late wife, they were inspired to do something.
The song titled, Oh Sweet Lorraine was recorded by Green Shoe Studio for free.
Once I heard the song and watched the video, I thought of my parents. Both are now deceased and they were married for nearly 50 years before my dad suddenly passed away. My mom grieved heavily for my dad and on the first anniversary after his death, I presented her a video I created.
I remember going through all the family photos and home movies to put this together. It was an honor for me to give her such a gift. I loved my dad with all my heart and I was grieving too. The video was therapy for me and it gave me a sense of healing, a sense of purpose. I remembered this when I watched Fred and Lorraine’s video with the collection of photos from their early years.
I watched Fred’s interview and saw the love he had for his late wife. He said the words for the song just came to him one night and he wrote them down. “After she passed away, I was just setting in the front room one evening by myself,” Fred said. “It just come right to me almost, I just kept humming it … it seemed like it just fit her.”
During this video, Fred hears the song he wrote for the first time. The beautiful tribute was a work of love and devotion by a man who deeply loved his wife and misses her terribly. The studio had the resources to put this all together and what a gracious gift to give this man.
Watch the video here.Oh Sweet Lorraine song and interview
The song is also available on iTunes.