Shawn L. Bird

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memory- This One’s for Shawn August 9, 2013

Earlier this week, Diana Gabaldon dedicated her Daily Lines to me, and sent out to her 250,000 fans on Facebook and Twitter the message #ThisOnesForShawnLBird.  I was just remembering another time when my heart was warmed to bursting by a dedication from someone I looked up to.

Once upon a time, when I was 15 or so, a boy I adored worked once a week as a Disc Jockey on a late night radio show in Calgary.  Some nights, even though I lived 650 km away on the other side of the Rocky Mountains,  I could listen to him on the skip that happens when meteorological conditions were good.  One night I called him up to say I was listening, and he dedicated this song to me.  I have the dedication on tape, and when I hear it, it still chokes me up!  If you have fond memories of your first love, you may want to get out a handkerchief.

“This one goes all the way out to Kelowna, BC.  This one’s for Shawn…”



(I sing “Share this thought with me” as “You shared the start with me”  Hmm.  Either way!

How about you?  Do you have fond memories of a very public dedication you received from someone special?  Tell us about it!


15 Responses to “memory- This One’s for Shawn”

  1. tjtherien Says:

    all my shout outs have been on wordpress in form of people reblogging my posts…

    • Right! That works, too. Isn’t it great when people like your work enough to share it with their online community?

      • tjtherien Says:

        I rank it up there in recognition with the time that Norman Jewison had me called from the kitchen bought me a drink and shook my hand for making him the best steak he had eaten (his words) at the restaurant I worked in in my mid twenties…in fact in some ways the reblogs and the people leaving verse I inspired in the comments of my posts is much more satisfying…

      • That’s wonderful! Tonight at a humour workshop a presenter was saying that a guy came up after his stand up routine and complimented him on a joke that he’d loved. It was Davy Jones, and it was a great moment for him. Compliments can make your day!

  2. tracey Says:

    So happy DG did that. And it’s a lovely story. Sadly I don’t have one to share. Have a great weekend x

  3. Congratulations, lady of poetry. I met DG when she was in Atlanta years ago and have her book “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” sitting on a shelf in my office.

  4. I’ve received many song dedications over the radio as I was coming of age. Each one made me feel as special as a royalty.

  5. alexraphael Says:

    Awwww. That is so awesome.

  6. kitkatys Says:

    ” If you have fond memories of your first love, you may want to get out a handkerchief.”
    I just did. The song and along with the memories made me cry… Thanks for sharing this, Shawn!

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