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Deckman Singing with a Prompter (33) RE: Singing with a Prompter 14 Apr 19


I was blessed to able to attend Burl Ives final public concert in Anacortes, Washington. He was still somewhat ill, after semi recovering from a very serious illness. His performance was magical and spellbinding. I had started a corresponding with him when I was sixteen years of age, and he was always faithful to my letters.


But due to age and illness, Burl needed to have a prompter who knelt by the front edge of the stage. It was like Burl and the prompter were one person the prompter seemed to know when Burl was going to forget the next line of a song, and we could see and hear, as this prompter would give him the clue he needed.

I was startled by this, but very grateful that Burl Ives had the guts to do it I'm sure it wasn't an easy task for him. After that concert, I was again blessed by attending a private reception for him where I was able to thank him for inspiring me throughout all of my wn singing career. bob(deckman)nelson


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