I need to thank @TeamErikDylan on Twitter, for introducing me to a great song by Erik Dylan. The song is called Color Blind. When they pointed me to the song on Spotify, they sent me the link on Twitter, and had it hash-tagged with the words #brilliant #relevant #timely. They are right. The song is all of those things, and more. It’s also wonderful country music! It’s a great song, and I want to share it with all of you.
While I have never had the pleasure of seeing Erik on stage, a lot of you have. And he hasn’t been there alone! Erik has already shared the stage with artists like Josh Abbott Band, Logan Mize, Eli Young Band, and others. He is from Kansas, a fourth-generation farmer, his bio tells us. But he now lives in Nashville, and I am hoping that means I’ll have an opportunity to see him on stage sometime soon. He has written more than 400 songs, some of which were recorded by Kip Moore, Randy Montana, JT Hodges and Austin Webb. The reasons I love the song, Color Blind, go far deeper than just the fact that I am a country music fan. Part of it is that Erik and I seem to think a lot alike. I was a lot younger than I am now, growing up in suburban Philadelphia, Pa., when I wrote a poem. The poem was something I entered in a poetry contest, and actually had it published in a book (and copyrighted). The poem was very relevant to what was going on at the time. It was titled “A Blind America”. I am going to share that poem with you now, because when you read it, you will see that all those years ago, I was pretty much saying what Erik is saying in his song today.
Here’s the poem:
A BLIND AMERICA
I dream of a blind America,
try to imagine that.
No one would know if I am white,
or care if I am black.
Just my happy footsteps,
would tell them I am near.
And a cheerful, bright ‘Good Morning,’
is all that they would hear.
If America were a nation blind,
then we could truly see,
that peace and love come from the heart,
We would all be really free.
So when you wake up each morning,
thank God that you have eyes.
But don’t look at all your brothers,
through a skin-colored disguise. In addition to Erik’s web site, be sure to visit his Facebook page (and remember to “Like” it while you are there). You can also follow him on Twitter @erikdylanmusic. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter. Check this guy out. If you like country music, you are going to like Erik Dylan. Thanks, readers, for letting me share just a little bit of my story here, too. More soon! Country