The year Brenda and I married, 1980, we moved into a little log
cabin in Green Hills that was a guest house with a pool!
We lived beneath the shade of those tall trees for two years.
With the advent of “Fancy Free” we bought a house in the same
general vacinity. Not long after we moved, I got a call from my
ex landlady, Lois Knight. She had seen this young man somewhere
in town and thought I should meet him. Always one to leave my door
open, I gladly invited him over to the new digs.
She was right, he looked like a movie star and had a down home
attitude that made him real star material. One of the first songs
we wrote was recorded by Reba McEntire, “Red Roses Won’t Work Now.”
One thing I will say about David’s character is, it took him ten
years to get Tony Brown to sign him to MCA records, and when he
did, he looked me up. He said, “Jimbeau you were the first person
to show an interest in me when I first came to town. So I want to
make sure and have your name on the credits of my first CD.”
Let me say, it took some looking to find me. In this circle of
life I had bottomed out with some major health problems that had
led to some major mental problems.
Depression is no laughing matter. It almost killed me.
I had moved out to the country to get away from the stress
of the business and had quit writing altogether. He came
out and we sat around and talked and he had an idea he
really was hot on. So we spent an entire afternoon working
on the chorus. We’d write a while, get stumped, get in the
jeep and tear around our three hundred beautiful acres and
come back and write some more.
Several tequilas later we were more than happy with our
progress. He came back a couple of more times and we
knocked out the verses. I will say that David not only
reminded me of the joy songwriting had once held for me,
but he brought my career back to life and my spirit back
to town with a tune that became the number one airplay
song of 1995 “Party Crowd.”
Proving what goes around eventually does come back around!
Thank you Mr. David Lee Murphy.