Audio Postcard – On Heaven’s Highway

Song suggestion: On Heaven’s Highway, Bill Magill
Drink suggestion: Wild Heaven Golden Ale, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

On Heaven’s Highway is the most recent upload to a compilation of new demos I am recording this year from my Mirabeau Studios/living room in Aix-en-Provence. A click on the song name above will link you to SoundCloud where these songs are being shared. The url provided below will take you to the growing compilation of demos there titled Balm of Gilead.

Chuck Cohick was a good man: loyal husband, reliable dad, hard worker and sober Christian. He managed an ARCO gas station where I worked as a teen in the mid ‘70s and fed me a steady stream of invaluable life guidance (I would have been well served to listen more closely). Chuck ran a popular service station but long dreamed of driving truck, and he managed to save enough for a second hand, well-worn Mack diesel, which his kids crawled over with wax and polish and lots of love. He flourished with this passion for long hauls on the road and in a few short years traded up to a magnificent new Peterbilt, not unlike the truck in the image at right. One early morning on his approach to home, after a long week of hauling steel over hundreds of miles, Chuck had a sudden heart attack and died behind the wheel. Chuck’s tombstone at the Newport cemetery (in central Pennsylvania) has a remarkable engraved image of his truck and the quote “On Heaven’s Highway.” This song was a gift to his wife Gail.

Bill Magill

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