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I have written a poem as a gift to a special friend, Chris Voss. I have
posted it on many website. Websites where people are able to post comments. Many
of the comments asked about the friendship and why such a special friendship
would ever have to end.
I am posting this tribute page as the story behind
the friendship and why I know as all good things, it will one day come to an
At the present time I am still good friends with Chris but as it has
always been in the past with other friendships, life pulls people into different
directions and in turn pulls them apart.
I'm the kind of person who gets too
close to people too easy, and when I do, I usually end up getting hurt. I asked
a music director I once had " Why do I get hurt so easily?"
He sat me down
and explained it to me. He said " We're musicians, and as musicians our feelings
run much deeper than the average person. This is good because it enables us to
be able to pick up a piece of sheet music and take in what it's saying so that
we can present in a way that other people can feel it too. But it can also be
bad because we tend to wear our feelings on our sleeves, which makes it so that
we get hurt easily. We also tend to read people. If someone walks in the room
and they don't look at us or they look in our direction but they have a mad look
on their face, we tend to think that they must be mad at us, when what's going
on with them, may not have anything to do with us. We need to be careful about
reading other people because we can get the wrong impression."
One day I
thought, if my feelings run deeper than other people because of my music
talents, then I must be super sensitive because I also write music, poetry,
plays, and stories, along with painting pictures. So I try not to allow myself
to get too close to people for fear of being hurt. But once in a while someone
special comes along that manages to break through that brick wall I've built
around my feelings, even if they don't realize they have. I'm also the kind of
person who believes in showing someone I care rather than just voicing it. So
when someone makes a big impact on my life, I do things for them to show them
how much they mean to me, hoping that no matter what the future holds in store,
they'll always remember that they hold a special place in my heart and they'll
have my gift to remember me by.
WORKING AT WENDY'S!
I remember the first day Chris walked
into the Wendy's restaurant to work days. He was working nights up till then. I
remember looking at him and thinking, who is this. He was a stranger and not
someone I would have thought I would have become friends with. Fellow workers
come and go and many times you'll run into them on the street and they remember
you but you can't seem to place them, but you don't let on that you don't
Then Chris began working during the summer as an opener. So
the three openers were Chris, me and my friend Tiffini. Tiffini and I came to
refer to Chris as our Chris.
Chris is very warm hearted and a practical
joker. Dropping ice down your shirt, throwing ketchup at you or squirting you
with water. He made working there fun and somewhat carefree. Then he went back
to working nights and I only saw him when he came in at four in the afternoon.
Then he took about three months off and everyone wondered he was even coming
back, but he came back, working days and nights.
CHRIS RESEMBLED JOHNNY!
One day I took out a
cassette tape I had bought a year earlier, "Johnny Rivers Greatest Hits " to
listen to it on my way to work. As I listened to it I looked at the picture of
Johnny Rivers on the case and I realized how much they looked alike. The next
time I saw Chris as I was leaving and he was coming. We met at the time clock. I
said, " Chris, have you ever heard of Johnny Rivers?" He shook his head,
I said, " He does the song " Poor Side Of Town ", he shook his head no. "
I said, " He also does the song, " Secret Agent Man." Chris said, " I know
Secret Agent Man." I said, " You know, Secret Agent Man? How do you know, Secret
Agent Man?" He said, " I know, Secret Agent Man." He used to watch the reruns of
the TV show that used that song as its theme. I said, " Anyway, he's the one who
does that song. You look like him."
I SHARED WITH CHRIS JOHNNY'S PERFORMANCE!
|. The Ed Sullivan Show Rock & Roll Classics Vol 1 1965 to 1967
Then I ran across a video tape of The Ed Sullevan Show where Johnny Rivers
was singing " Baby, I need Your Lovin," I watched that video
and compared every expression, movement and look. I knew then and there
that Chris could be a younger version of Johnny Rivers.
afternoon while I was leaving and Chris had to work from 11:30am to 8:00pm and I
was leaving at 4:00pm. Chris was kidding in a serious way and I couldn't tell if
he was kidding or not, he said " Will you go home!"
I looked at him and said,
" What is your problem?" I looked at the guy on drive thru sandwiches and said,
" That's just his way of showing me he likes me."
The guy on back sandwiches
commented, " Oooh, Belinda and Jim Morison," who was the lead singer of the
Doors," Which Chris was told he looked like as well. Chris said, " No, she
thinks I'm Johnny Rivers."
The guy said, " You do look like him."
On my Johnny Rivers Tribute page, I mention how I had gotten Chris to sing on occasions. Well one occasion I remember was, Chris was working drive thru register, I was working the speaker, taking orders and the manager was bagging the orders. The manager started singing the song " Wake Up Little Suzy ", I started singing it with him. Chris leaned towards me and said that he always liked a song called " One Tin Soldier Rides Away ", his mother used to sing it to him when he was a little boy. I said, " I know that song." I started singing the chorus. He said, " Yeah, that's it." I sang the whole song as he leaned in, listening with a smile on his face. He asked, " When you go back into the studio to record, would you record that song for me?" I said, " I'll record it on my first LP and dedicate it to you." He said, " Don't forget." I said, " Trust me, I won't forget." Then he said, " You know what song has always been my favorite?" I said, " What?" He said, " Happy Together." I said, " You Have to sing it." He said, " Alright I will." He sang the whole song for me and I joined him in the chorus and the ending of the song. I think he has a voice for singing. It just has to be trained. He doesn't think so.
Anyway, as a result to his fun, carefree, friendly ways and the fact that
he looked a lot like a younger version of Johnny Rivers, I became very
close to Chris. I wrote the poem for him as a gift. You can hear the recording
of the poem on this website- Chris' poem.
The poem won the editor's choice award and was published in a book, LIP'S 'Best Poems And Poets Of 2002 " and on a three CD album " The Sound Of Poetry." And is featured on many websites. You can read the poem CHRISTOPHER VOSS
Click on Chris's birthday and get some info about his birthday and get
to know a little more about him.
This is neat--have a great
cool. After you've finished reading the info, click again, and see
moon looked like the nite you were born. Neat!
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
SOME OF CHRIS'S FAVORITE THINGS!
Chris loves music!
Chris loves football! His favortte team is The Miami Dolphins!
Chris likes playing video games!
Chris likes working out!
Chris loves most kinds of food!
Chris loves to go out evenings with his friends!
Friends come, friends go, a painful fact I
Still I hope to find that special one, who will never go.
known you for a short while, though it seems like years,
A friendship should
not be built on a future filled with fears.
But the fear is there that you
too will one day go,
And how hard it will be for me to let go, you'll never
They haven't made the words to say how much you mean to me,
been blessed by knowing you, a blessing my mind can't conceive.
But I want
you to know, when the time comes when we must part,
All the things you have
meant to me, I will treasure in my heart.
I've learned so much from you. More
than you'll ever know,
So you can understand why I say, it'll be hard to let
When that time comes, I know, somehow I'll make it through,
then, I'll save the minutes and treasure the hours with you.
Don't feel bad,
I'm no fool. I know there will come a time,
When goodbyes must be said, When
ways must part. Still it's a crime.
With tears in my eyes, a cry in my voice
and pain in my heart,
Let me hold onto the joy of knowing you, until we must
Let me leave it at this, as I reflect on a future loss,
what the future holds, for me there will never be, another Christopher
Dedicated to Chris Voss, a special friend.
© 2003 Belinda Smith (All rights
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFT!
As a special Christmas gift, Chris went to The Starlite Cafe website to
leave a comment on the poem I wrote for him.
Posted By: Christopher Voss - on December 25,
you so much. You are truely a great friend and I will never forget you. Have a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be safe.
Or on my favorite poems favorite poems page:
tribute page is another gift to show how special he is. I don't know if I'm as
special to him as he is to me, but I give these gifts from the heart and not to
get something in return. I hope that someday he'll realize how special he was to
me and no matter where life leads, he'll always hold a special place in my
CHRIS BRIGHTENS MY LIFE!
Chris is very special to me When he walks into the room, he brightens my
day. I treasure the time I get to spend with him, it means more to me than
all the treasures this world could offer.I don't know for sure if he feels
the same. Sometimes I feel like he is just trying to be nice, telling me
that he thinks of me as a friend. because we don't do all the things that
friends do together. But my tribute to Chris is something I chose to do
because he is special to me and I wanted to express that by doing something
special for him.. I hope someday he will reanalyze just how special he
is to me.
SLIDE SHOW! The picture above is a slide show. Click on the right button
to start the show and the left button to stop. The pictures are of Christopher
Voss. The forth picture is of Chris and his cousin Andrew. Pictures change
automatically every 5 seconds. When you start the slide show the music
will stop. After you are finished watching the slide show and have stopped
it, click refresh on the address bar and the music will star up again,
if you want to hear it again.
Read the comments comments about his poem posted at www.thestarlitecafe.com and www.allpoetry.com,
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