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96-year-old man pens heartbreaking love song to late wife

All the tears for this beautiful tribute that reminds us to cherish those we love while they're still here.
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Chiara O. Scuri, August 27, 2013 9:28:33 AM

A Letter From Fred from Green Shoe Studio on Vimeo.

Fred and Lorraine Stobaugh were married for 72 years, an achievement that merits its own notice.

Fully devoted to one another, Fred has been struggling to cope with her loss after Lorraine passed away a few months ago.

So when the Bartonville, Ill. man got wind of a singer/songwriter contest run by nearby Green Shoe Studios, he channeled his emotions into art.

The contest asked participants to upload finished songs to YouTube and a panel of judges would determine the winner.

Though he didn’t think he had a musical bone in his body, Fred poured his heart onto the page and submitted his lyrics without any musical accompaniment. In the lyrics he writes about wishing he could live every one of those 72 years with Lorraine over again.

Despite the lack of music, Fred’s lyrics and story so moved the Green Shoe folks, they commissioned a songwriter to put it to a melody and had a professional singer record the vocals.

The result, “Dear Lorraine”, is the reason they invented Kleenex.

And just when you thought all your emotions were spent, the studio made a 10-minute short film documenting the story, including a tear-jerking moment when Fred listens to his finished product for the first time.

The mix of emotions the entire story stirs up is the reason love is so often linked with pain. There’s no greater emotional barometer than the heart.


Image: Green Studios

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