Song: "If We Never Meet Again This Side Of Heaven"
Vincent van de Bijl
I love Johnny Cash. When I first heard the CD "American Recordings" with Cash's version of "Why Me Lord", a song from Kris Kristofferson, I was deeply impressed. I was 24 years old and I'd never heard anything that beautiful. 10 years later, one year after his death "My Mother's Hymn Book" was released, with Cashes version of "If we never meet again this side of Heaven", from Albert E. Brumley. My father loved this song.
Watch and listen to my version of If We Never Meet Again This Side Of Heaven
This song was recorded by many artists. My father (picture) loved Johnny Cash's version of it and asked me if I would play it sometime with a full band. The easiest way of doing that, he thought, would be performing it with a church band, when he would be able to come and visit me. Unfortunately lots of complications due to his paraplegia made it impossible to come and visit. My first recording I sent to him by e-mail when he was in Hospital, about one year before he died. Due to more complications he decided to make arrangements for his funeral, so he asked me to perform it when his time would come. A few months after that he suddenly contracted a bacteria in his blood which was too much for his depreciating health. A week later, on October 8th 2012, he died which nobody could see coming.
At his funeral I sang this song (God knows how I managed it) and now I want to record it once more, in memory of him. We both just know that, one time, in the future, we will meet again, in "that wonderful sweet bye and bye."