Born and raised in Indiana as the son of a doctor who was gifted in writing, Roger devoted most of his talents in the field of music as composser, arranger, and producer of both live and recorded music since the 70’s. He currently lives in Florida and continues to create music (and various music-and-sound-related productions) for OCN and others; and, having converted to the Orthodox Faith in 2010, he enjoys writing the blog series “Musings of a Grateful Convert” for The Sounding.
I have always said, “If you want to stay young, hang with young people.” This is no more true than what I have experienced being with the brilliant and holy young folks in the Orthodox Christian Fellowship where I live. The poem below is my tribute to OCF members everywhere.
For all the elixirs and potions
That cure from the curse of old age,
I now and here put forth the notion
That qualifies me as a sage.
The tonic which all people hoped for,
And what Ponce sought for in vain,
Has made itself known to Yours Truly,
And fits in this simple refrain.
The waters of magical import
That transfer the old to the young
Are living right here at this moment,
Revealed now as this song is sung.
I drink from your energies youthful,
And bask in the light of your love;
Imbibing on words spiked with whimsy–
To me they are wine from above.
Your guilelessness, courage and candor
All quench the sweet thirst in my soul,
Reviving me, they make me younger;
“The old horse returns to be foal.”
So when the Conquistadores go home
Not having accomplished their plans,
I’ll thank God that I have discovered
What seems to have slipped through their hands.
And if anyone should dare to ask me,
I’ll tell them the beautiful truth.
I’ve found what my soul has so treasured
You all are my Fountain of Youth.
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