amazing amazing grace with guitar


Amazing Grace w guitar

One day in the summer of 2011, Mom, Caroline and I were having a particularly bad day. EVERYTHING seemed to be going wrong. All three of us were sad and down. The day before, my friend Jessica had shared a link to Amazing Grace. A different version.

I put my laptop on the island in the kitchen and cranked up the volume. It wasn’t long before Mom, Caroline and I were singing, clapping and dancing around the kitchen. Mom loved to move. Now she is free to fly. She wouldn’t have wanted us to get too stuck in grief for too long. She would have thrown herself party.

Here’s to my mom’s amazing grace, fierce spirit and sense of fun, with guitar, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, fiddle and horns. Oh yes. Life is meant to be sung and danced. She left this place on August 17, 2016. But even in death, her light shines.



Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I’m found.
Was blind but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Then when we first begun.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found.
Was blind, but now I see.

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  1. Linda Strand RN on

    i recently began working in a dementia/Alzheimer’s facility…I feel blessed to be able to help them make the most of every day. God Bless.

    • Yeah. Unfortunately, the only video of that moment is the one in my mind <3 I do have others though, and I'm thinking I'm going to be able to re-release them in the near future. Stay tuned 😉

  2. Katherine Compton on

    Susan, I am so enjoying your posts with the singing. My Momma still loves to sing sometimes. She ends every song with a “boop boop ti doop” these days. I spent the day with her yesterday and we ate, well I ate, she picked out a few bites, looked through old pictures and sang carols. She told me that her daughter liked to sing! Sure do Momma. She was happy and that made my day! PEACE to you and your Mom.

    Boop Boop ti Doop!

    • Thanks Kat! I’m delighted you’re enjoying the singing. Both live with your mom and with us virtually. Stay tuned (pun definitely intended LOL!) – there’s more to come in the next few days 🙂

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