Peter told me that he wrote "Softly Down" three days after the event after listening to the cockpit recording of Captain Sullenberger's interaction with the airport's control tower personnel. When he said, "We're gonna be in the Hudson", I felt the strength of this man and teared up, said Peter." My feeling was if I was on that plane this is the kind of man that would give me hope that I might survive."
It was announced several months ago that Warner Brothers Pictures with Clint Eastwood directing and Tom Hanks playing "Sully" (the movie's title) would begin filming the beginning of this year. The latest news is that the movie's release will be September 9, 2016. It is Peter's hope that "Softly Down" will somehow find its way into the film." My publisher and the performer on the video[ Link] Ms. Colene Walters see it as a wonderful fit with closing credits. Ms. Walters should know. She has spent a good part of her life as a singer in Nashville, TN. She performed with two country icons; the legendary Porter Wagoner as his duet partner, filling the role once held by Dolly Parton and Johnny Russell, who wrote "Act Naturally" that became a hit for The Beatles among many others.The stage of The Grand Ole Opry became her workplace and she appeared with Porter on tv shows like Crook and Chase and the Waylon Jennings Show. "I love her interpretation of the song. It has a very reverential feel, almost prayerful" Peter told me.
One of the writer's most rewarding experiences regarding the song/ video is that it was heard by one of the survivors of Flight 1549, Mr. Dave Sanderson, who placed it on his website. Mr. Sanderson was the last passenger off the plane, who ended up in the water, after helping others to safety. "Dave's embracing of my effort was an honor and that it might have resonated with him, was very fulfilling." That and maybe hearing it in "Sully."
Peter Prince was raised in Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan. His involvement in music began in the '60's with the "folk boom", being influenced by artists such as Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Judy Collins, the Kingston Trio. He sang professionally with folk groups in many of the local bars as well as coffee houses in Greenwich Village while attending Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Peter began songwriting in the late 60's, early 1970's, and his style of music is reflective of those times, folk, country & country rock. His songs have been used on both network(NBC) and cable tv (E Network, FOX & MSG Sports Networks), as well as, played on various AM and FM radio stations around the country. Peter's love of professional sports and fishing has also proven to be a source of his material. His sports songs have been played in large venues such as Madison Square Garden and Shea Stadium. "The "Fish'n Game Talkin' Blues", available for use on MusicSupervisor.com is a humorous tale of fishing and having to deal with those "game wardens from the state." The song,"Softly Down" was inspired by the famous plane event known as "The Miracle On The Hudson" and is an honoring of the heroism of Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, January 15, 2009, saving all 155 lives onboard. A YOU TUBE video(Google: Softly Down-Colene Walters) enhances the power of the song. Any feature film, tv movie or documentary on this event makes "Softly Down" a perfect fit. Also available for placement in film or tv is "Busted Dreams" which is about the struggle to make it as a singer/songwriter. What keeps the performer from giving up, with all the rejection and "close calls" of big success, is the music itself. It is the story of what most of us in the business of songwriting must endure on the road to our dreams.
Every month well over 500 people go check out the song Who's the greatest female pitcher? It is an amazing true story of a fabulous female baseball pitcher. Note below:
The "Bible" of the Music Industry the Green Book of Songs (www.greenbookofsongs.com/ ) featured this song on their Women's History Month.
Who's The Best Female Pitcher song sung by Phil Cole on the CD Sports Songs And Beyond (King Of The Road Music). Did you know that a 17-year-old female pitcher named Jackie Mitchell struck out mighty Babe Ruth? AND the great Lou Gehrig? This little-known female athlete will be an inspiration to anyone who's ever been told, "You throw like a girl." This song is on the CD Sports Songs baseball heroes: song No 4 and can be downloaded individually at CD Baby.
These discussions, whether they take place around the kitchen wood stove or the office water cooler, range from the teams storied history to the prospects for the upcoming season. The heroes of the past, Yastrzemski, Williams, and so many more, are recalled, as are the more recent stars, such as Schilling and Ramirez.
At times, fans reminisce about a young man who, although his career was cut tragically short, continues to inspire through his athleticism, competitive spirit, and generosity. His name was Aristotle George Agganis. His friends called him Harry. He will always be remembered as the Golden Greek.
Harry Agganis was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1929. Although he is known as a baseball player, he first made his mark in football as a star quarterback for Boston University. As a sophomore in 1949, he set a school record for touchdown passes. He left school in 1950 to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.
When he completed his service to our nation, he returned to college, setting a school record for passing yards, winning the Bulger Lowe Award as New England's outstanding football player, and becoming Boston University's first All-American in football. Upon his graduation, he was offered a lucrative contract to play football for the Cleveland Browns but choose instead sign with the Red Sox so he could remain near his widowed mother.
Here are a few stories that illustrate the character of this young man and the esteem in which he is held.
While still a student in 1953, Harry Agganis was inducted into the new Boston University Hall of Fame. He declined gifts of a car and $4,000 from his classmates and instead asked that the cash equivalent be put toward establishing a scholarship for Greek-American students with financial need.
On June 6, 1954, he homered at Fenway Park and scored the winning run as the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers. Following the game, he changed into a cap and gown in the Sox clubhouse, ran down Commonwealth Avenue in time for the graduation ceremonies on the B.U. campus, and received his bacholors degree in education.
As the 1955 season opened, he was off to a good start, but on June 2 he was hospitalized with pneumonia. He rejoined the team 10 days later but fell ill again. He died on June 27 of a pulmonary embolism. Ten thousand mourners attended his wake.
His career was brief, but his name lives on. In 1956, a 1,000-seat baseball facility, Harry Agganis Stadium, was dedicated in his honor at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he served. A memorial plaque placed at the field reads, Endowed with peerless talent, Corporal Agganis exemplified the finest in competitive spirit and sportsmanship. An All-American football player, and later a professional baseball player, his outstanding accomplishments in the field of athletics were an inspiration to other Marines who served and were teammates with him during his career in the Marine Corps.
He was inducted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974. In 1995, Gaffney Street in Boston was re-named Harry Agganis Way. In 2004, Agganis Arena was dedicated in his honor on the Boston University campus. Each year, members of the New England Sportswriters Association present the Harry Agganis Award to the outstanding New England college football senior. His character and accomplishments have been set to music by a talented songwriter and devoted Red Sox fan in Bangor, Maine, named Joe Pickering, Jr. Joe recently retired after 30 years of dedicated service as Executive Director of Community Health and Counseling Services in Bangor. It is my pleasure to enter his inspiring lyrics into the record:
The Golden Greek
Time washes away people who depart
You who remain cherish heroes of the heart
They seldom grace earth but, not for long
The Golden Greek lives in this song
Too many athletes spell team as m-e
The Golden Greek knew team meant only we
This All-American truly stood apart
The Golden Greek was simply pure of heart
Four hundred churches honored for forty days
The man who touched many hearts in so many ways
Fifty thousand said goodbye as his church choir
Sang love for the man who set the sports world afire
Harry Agganis stirred heart and soul
Did God take him so he would never grow old?
Heroes live forever though harry died young
The song of the Golden Greek will always be sung
Thousands of marines in the Carolina sun
Named a field for the marine who left no deed undone
The first Olympic heroes won olive wreaths
His silver wreath from the king and queen of Greece
The seventh child of immigrants born in Lynn
Learned playing the game right was the way to win
He hit major league pitching at fourteen years of age
Then went on to glory on the sports page
This Hall of Famer scrambled forty yards from the pocket
He threw feather passes or shots like a rocket
Though he looked and played like a Greek god
This flesh and blood hero was one with the lord
He gave to the poor and church, gifts he received
Harry lived the golden rule, as he believed
His smile warm and bright like sunshine in July
Why at twenty-six did this Red Sox star die?
The NFL played games in honor of his name
All for a man who never played a pro game
He planned to play for the Sox and the NFL
What might have been only God can tell
This hero of the heart was like no other
His last words: were “take care of my mother”
In the pantheon of sports, the Golden Greek reigns
His mem’ry glowing like the Olympic flame
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