Rest in Peace, Merle Haggard

Sad to hear that local music legend Merle Haggard passed away today on his 79th birthday.  We usually get on the freeway from the street named after him, so it goes without saying that even outside of his musical accomplishments, he made a huge impact on our community.

I heard the news while working on a web page containing the following prayer, so I thought it would be fitting to post it here:


If something has become deeply

united with your soul,

You should not only regard it as your

possession in this life,

But believe that it will accompany you

into the life to come.

If it is something good,

Rejoice and Give Thanks to God in your mind;

If it is something bad,

Grieve and Sigh,

And strive to free yourself from it

while you still in the body are.

– St. lsaac of Syria

Here’s where I got the news.  Note from the URL that the post was originally about his birthday.

And here’s his music on Google Play (it’s on iTunes too, but I usually play music on an Android tablet when I’m working and using the iPad for other things):





By Jeremy Luke Roberts [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Jeremy Luke Roberts [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons