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Jill - Prologue

This song gives a glimpse of a friendship that began in childhood and kept going over the years. I loved every single letter I received from Jill as she traversed the globe as an educator, and when she stayed for a time in Wisconsin to finish raising her three children. We both are grandmothers now, and have enjoyed years of friendship through letters, phone conversations, and meeting up when we were both in Minnesota. Now there is social media. Over the years we have made other close friendships. Yet I am blessed to still have a connection with a dear friend from my childhood.


Lyrics by Jacqueline Cates
As I read your letter, your voice came through
What is said about friends is so true
It’s a gift to have and be a friend
A sister by choice to the end

It’s a gift to have and be a friend
A sister by choice to the end
We survived Catholic school
Rebelled against non-sensical rules
I would be an artist , a writer too
Marine biology, you thought to do

It’s a gift to have Jill as a friend
A sister by choice to the end

Unleashed energy moved us through
High school days and boyfriends too
We solved our problems on our walks
With thoughtful options and heartfelt talks

Then so quickly there came a day
It was time to go our separate ways
You went on to college, I became a mom
Our youthful days were now gone

Husbands and children filled our days
Demands of work and bills to pay
Letters from you, a voice through the years
Sharing together laughter and tears



released May 1, 2021
Lyrics and vocals by Jacqueline Cates. Music, keyboards, sampled acoustic guitar, and backing vocals by Johnny Burgess. Bass Guitar by Richard Dean Nesbitt.. RIP 2018.
Recorded at Cinderblock Studios in Ruston WA between 2017 and 2021.
Produced by Jacqueline Cates and Johnny Burgess.
Mastered at Pacific Studios, Tacoma by Mark Simmons


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Jacqueline Cates Johnny Burgess Tacoma, Washington

From Tacoma WA, Jacqueline & Johnny have collaborated writing songs since 2009. Jacqueline, formerly a technical writer and trainer for Carlson Marketing Inc, began writing lyrics for Johnny's style of music.
Johnny enjoys
composing and arranging the music for Jackie's lyrics.
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