One of the most likable guys I have come to experience from being so invested in the Texas music scene, is Ray Johnston. First off, I really enjoy his music and he has an enjoyable light feel to his music. One of my favorites of his is the beautiful Watching the Lord Turn on the Lights which features Brady Black. The folky feel to this song creates a pleasant aura that will captivate you. From the soft plucking of the banjo to the dancing fiddle, this will not only make you tap your toes, but also stop and listen to his appreciation to the beauty and serenity of a sun rise inspired by hunting trips with his dad. You know, that daily phenomenon that we far to often take advantage of. We forget how important it is to stop and smell the roses as they say.
Johnson recently released his latest tune this past Friday which features an island twangy arrangement that is irresistible. He finds himself in Cabo after a recent break-up – a place that he and his ex would always go to together. The clever lyrics "you know what's in the sand, you can kiss it" will almost certainly make you smile. It becomes apparent that he was broken-up with and mentions his pleasure in being here with his buddies and without her. Towards the end you are left with the idea that he naturally does miss her and things aren't as wonderful as they seem. Hey, I think we all can relate to that a bit because it was their special place and the all-too-familiar reminder of their love.
Ray Johnston's admirable ability to overcome medical adversity puts his efforts ad light-hearted attitude into perspective. As you listen through his library of songs, you will likely note the positive vibes that Johnston shares in most of his music. Once you understand the journey that he has endured, it all makes sense as to why a little positivity can go along way.
Having been the point guard in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks, he discovered a bruise that led him to be diagnosed with Leukemia. Stop and think for a minute what that must feel like. My heart sank when I read that. This became a disease that resulted in multiple relapses throughout the course of nearly a decade.
He began to look at the world through a different pair of eyes, realizing that nothing is guaranteed and can be taken from you in a heartbeat. After learning about this part of his life, it cemented my feelings towards Ray. The humorous stories on Instagram and his happy-go-lucky mentality reflect his appreciation for life. It's something we could all take a lesson in because there is so much negativity in life nowadays that can hinder our happiness. Ray Johnston is one artist that you can’t help but pull for - not just because of his good country music, but because he has demonstrated his refusal to give-up and follow his dreams. He’s an inspiration.
Another great song that should put life in perspective is below:
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