August 5, 2009
I met my husband when I was 15.
He was my FIRST DATE.
He was my FIRST KISS.
I know how rare that is and I treasure it. He has been my best friend ever since.
It was the 1970's and Church dances still had live bands. It was the most important event in a young girl's life. I would usually sew something new to wear and add some extra hi-lights to my hair. The anticipation vibrated all week.
A group of brothers, who had moved to Fresno the previous year, comprised the band: Last Friday's Fire (it was very important to have a cool name for your band). I particularly liked the tall one, Steve. I was sure he had outgrown his entire family because I am tall and he was intended to be my husband.
Steve and I soon became an item and I would sit backstage, with my sister and best pal, Marsha, and we would have that "we're with the band" look on our faces because we were cool. The very coolest of all was when the band would play a song that didn't require Steve to play and he would jump off the stage and join me on the dance floor for one song and then he would jump back up on stage. It was a girl's dream. Once in awhile the Church would hire Crimson Ivory to play and then I would get to dance with Steve all night. Those were GREAT TIMES
Vintage photo of Marsha and I backstage
Last Friday's Fire drew quite a following in those years, and their legacy lives on. One of their biggest fans is now the Stake President and he is using his righteous clout to bring back the 70's.
Now called THE FREEMAN BROTHERS BAND, they reunited last September for a quad-stake dance in Fresno, CA. It was a blast! We danced all evening, took photos in 70's clothing, and yes, Steve even jumped off the stage to dance with me. A girl's dream.
President Cleveland has declared a
Freeman Brothers Dance to be held every year!
So we are returning to California for an August 15th gig (that is cool band talk, that I happen to know because I am with the band).
We leave Friday!
It is wonderful to get the brothers together to share their love of music.
THE 3 FREEMAN BROTHERS are wearing black shirts; the center one is MINE (he's proof that guys in the band are hot).
The rest of the guys are excellent musicians who just aren't as famous.
The occasional gig is also nice to justify having an entire room in our home dedicated as Steve's MUSIC STUDIO
Thanks, Tom and Lois, for letting your boys buy guitars and have long hair and make racket in your garage.....it has mushroomed into loads of wholesome fun for many, many people.
Steve, with the Fender Telecaster he built himself.
- I married my high school sweetheart 34 years ago in the LDS Temple. I have 4 children (3 married, and a 14 year old) and 6 grandchildren. I lived my entire life in California, until 6 years ago. I now reside in San Antonio, Texas. The most important thing to me is my family; I have invested the most in them and it has paid great dividends. I love doing anything creative that beautifies my surroundings and I love nature. I minored in Art and majored in Interior Design at BYU, yet, my profession is a Tax Preparer.
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