Thank you, Patrick Simmons, for Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile” on YouTube.  Listened to it three times.  Reminds me …  earlier this year I was in Atlanta at the Kroc Center.  Guess who showed up for a recording session there?  

We heard that Kirk Franklin and his crew were coming to record a new song.   We were supposed to stay out of the way where the session was taking place.  Jason Pope grabbed a life-sized cardboard cutout of a Salvation Army bellringer and I, ah, assisted him in carrying it through the building.  We were going to see Kirk.

Got it through then realized that neither of us knew what he looks like.  We wouldn’t have recognized Kirk Franklin if we saw him.  Doesn’t change the fact that his music is good listening.