One of the wonderful privileges of working with and meeting so many persons over the years is the opportunity to part of special moments in their lives. These occasions may be the celebration of marriage, a new child, a fishing trip, friends and family gathered together – and yes, also getting that phone call that someone we have spent a good deal of time with as a client and friend will soon be leaving this earthly dwelling. Such was the case last week when I heard from Melvin Cullum’s family.
About 11 years ago Melvin and his friend, Pat Langdon, came to Tesco Productions to complete a compilation project entitled “the tales of… TWO GUN PETE”. My colleague at the time, Jon Guggenheim, engineered the recording and mastering and we all became good friends over time. I’ve stayed in touch with Melvin over the years with calls and visits. One of the last times we were together he was singing one of many, many songs he wrote that have gone with him – some of which were never performed or heard. So Jon was the first to get my call that Melvin was soon leaving us. Today Pat and I attended his homecoming celebration.
Melvin Cullum has concluded “Headin’ Down the Home Stretch” (final CD cut), and knew he was ready to cross his finish line. Our sincere love and care to his family. Thank you, Melvin, for sharing your God-given talents and joy of life with us all.
Jon adds, “I was saddened to hear of Melvin’s passing. Not only did he have a beautiful voice, he had a beautiful spirit. Both came through in his music. I’ll try to view his passing through ‘Rose-Colored Glasses’ [CD cut]. He will live on in the songs he left behind.”