I’ve Got 5 Pockets by Steve Walsh

I’ve got 5 Pockets by Steve Walsh

When we received our assignment to write a letter to someone, my first thought was one of déjà vu. It seemed like I had completed the assignment before I received it. As I thought about it further that is exactly what happened. Here’s a little background.

I collect old LPs. Most of the ones I have are from the 60’s and 70’s. The other day I was leafing through a stack when I ran across a children’s LP titled “Pockets” by a local singer/songwriter Joe Wise. I remember my kids wearing this record out when they were little, singing and dancing around the living room. Their favorite song was the title cut. It’s sung from the viewpoint of a young kid wearing bib overalls and talking about what is in each pocket. If you aren’t familiar with it you can give it a listen here. (180) Pockets – YouTube

As I looked over the LP I wondered what ever happened to Joe Wise. Well in the age of Google there is no need to wonder. I looked him up and lo and behold he is still alive and creating in Cottonwood Arizona. His latest project is “The Truth in Twenty….and Then Some”. The twenty refers to twenty minutes as in timed writing. I looked up timed writing and evidently it is a technique used to improve your ability to recall, synthesize and analyze information in writing. I’ll do a little more research on this.

Anyway, given my recent interest in writing I decided to reach out to Joe and see what type of response (if any) I would get. Here’s the email I sent.

From: “Steve Walsh” <pdstevieray@gmail.com> To: “joe wise” <wise1@q.com>
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2019 12:37:47 PM
Subject: Hello

Hello Joe. My name is Steve Walsh. I was born and raised in Louisville but moved away for work in 1979. I retired in 2014 and we recently moved back to the Louisville area. A few weeks ago I was looking through some old LPs when I ran across the Pockets LP. My kids wore this record out when they were young. Even now if one of them sings out “five” the others join in and pretty soon they are singing the whole song.
Anyway that led me to wonder what ever happened to Joe Wise so I googled you. Happy to see that you are doing well and still creating. Coincidentally I am taking a writing workshop called Feet to the Fire beginning tomorrow. The first class was actually last Tuesday but I was out in your neck of the woods (relatively speaking) visiting our daughter and grandson in Moab, UT.

I’ve recently started writing as therapy (I have Parkinson’s) and I am trying to learn more about the writing process. I sent my check for Truth in Twenty and am looking forward to receiving it. Hope things continue to go well for you.
BTW – I believe you played at my uncle Jim Walsh’s wedding at Mother of Good Counsel church on Eastern Parkway back in the 60’s.

Take care.
Steve Walsh
I was pleasantly surprised to receive this reply the following day.

On Tue, 19 Mar 2019 at 00:33, Joe Wise <wise1@q.com> wrote:

Steve, how great of you to connect. Glad that Pockets still lives for you and yours. And yes I remember playing your Uncle’s wedding. Someone in your family was called BeBe too I believe??

I know that connection to a pen. Glad it has appeared for you. I love your approach, connection with the everyday. What speaks to you. Trusting the process. Life goggles. Discovering emotional/spiritual truths. Anais Ninn says we write “to live twice.” Unpacking the past, especially the dense rich patches that we were busy living and now can explore. Often opened by something so small and beautifully ordinary.
If you’re ordering The truth in Twenty form me, send me your address and I’ll get it off.
Meanwhile I honor your physical and spiritual path. I offer you this from an ancient Hindu mystic, Sri Niscardagatta Maharaj for whatever comfort it might be. It’s my current “mantra.” “I allow my human nature to unfold in accordance with its destiny–I remain as I am.”
Blessings on and through you,

Wow. Not only did Joe take the time to respond, he read my writings on the PSCKY Your Voice site. I was touched that he would take the time to do that, especially someone who contacted him out of the blue. We have exchanged several emails since. Turns out Joe’s sister has Parkinson’s and boxes at Full Moon over in New Albany. I look forward to meeting her. I forgot to mention that I sent several of our Warriors Fight bookmarks with my check when I ordered Truth in Twenty. I received the below email from Joe with some feedback on the bookmarks.

On Mon, 25 Mar 2019 at 14:50, Joe Wise <wise1@q.com> wrote:

Your check arrived Steve, thanks. Your bookmarks are cool. They have a lot of “punch.” I like the double meaning of stars. The warriors are all stars/all-stars, and the state of someone/something being knocked out includes “seeing stars.” Your prayer text is spot on too

My tracking shows your book will be on time and arrive tomorrow.

My book did arrive on time and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

The moral of this story is don’t be afraid to reach out to others. You might be pleasantly surprised at the response.


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