Some songs are so sentimental that they bring tears to our eyes.
And one of them is Alan Jackson’s beautiful version of the traditional gospel hymn, “Precious Memories,” which is included on his 2013 gospel-themed album, “Precious Memories Volume II.”
Although Alan didn’t write the song – that credit goes out to late composer John Braselton Fillmore (J.B.F.) Wright – he makes sure to throw his whole heart into the tune. He puts meaning into each lyric that points out the lingering of a childhood past and makes note of having a “precious father” and a “loving mother.”
In this video, the tall, white-hatted country star takes the stage at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, or the “Mother Church of Country Music.” Light peeks through stunning stained-glass windows, as Alan leans into a microphone to deliver the gorgeous song. With the company of two background singers, he croons the lyrics, “I remember mother praying/ father too, on bended knee/ the sun is sinking, shadows falling/ but their prayers still follow me.”
These days, Alan’s thoughts have turned toward his own loving parents, as his mother Mrs. Ruth Musick, affectionately known as “Mama Ruth,” passed away on Jan. 7 peacefully in her home in Newnan, Georgia. She was 86. Mrs. Ruth’s death follows Alan’s father, Joseph Eugene “Daddy Gene,” who died in 2000.
Rare Country sends thoughts and prayers out to Alan at this time.