May 13, 2008
A heartbreakingly beautiful toast to life, given by a man humbled by the blessings he’s been given over the years. “Life,” he sings, “you served your finest wine. I drank it down to find my glass was always full.”
Listening to this, I couldn’t help but remember watching an old clip of Eddy Arnold being given the ACM Pioneer Award. He accepted with his voice cracking, and said that “I don’t want accolades. I just want to sing.” That is the man singing this song, always the country gentleman.
Arnold recorded “To Life” three years ago, and RCA has chosen to release it as a single in the wake of his death. So perfect is the sentiment of the record, so truly sincere is the performance, that sending this record out is a most fitting tribute to the man and his music.
Written by Ken Leray and Dan Tyler
Listen: To Life
Buy: To Life