Saturday, January 10, 2015

a birthday blog for my friend Lorraine!

From time to time, when some unsuspecting friend has a birthday, I feel compelled to write a blog about them. And today is Lorraine Ferro’s turn!

I first met Lorraine (insert undisclosed amount of years here, because we couldn’t possibly be that old), when I heard her sing at a Songwriters’ Hall of Fame showcase at what was then The Lone Star Roadhouse in Manhattan.

The truth is I felt the presence of God when I heard her sing, and though it’s many years, lifetimes, and songs later, that is still the case for me. And she is still quite possibly my favorite singer on planet earth or in any constellation, frankly.

Needless to say, we became fast friends and our personalities could not be more different…which is one of the things I enjoy most about being friends with Lorraine.

People come into our lives for a variety of reasons, and I can remember moments of conversations with her that have impacted my life forever and for good. And for that, I consider myself exceedingly blessed.

But that is not the only thing for which I am grateful when it comes to Lorraine. No, Lorraine has the distinction of being the one person who has introduced me to many, if not most, of my closest friends, colleagues, and people whom I love and adore. So thank you, Lorraine, for Sue, and Dan, and Nic, and Tanya, and Arnie, and Garry, and JJ, and Jera, and Sandra, and JoAnn. (I hope I haven’t left anyone out, but if I have, please know I love you, too!)

The thing about friendships spanning many years is that you walk each other through a journey containing many rites of passage. The loss of parents, the highs and lows of music careers, the shared victories and defeats, because what happens to or for one of us, happens to or for all of us. And I am as grateful for the shared tears as I am the shared joys.

So before I close out this birthday blog to go celebrate with the birthday girl herself, I want to wish Lorraine not only the happiest of days, but the gift of knowing what a beautiful soul she is and that she has impacted lives in this world in ways she can’t even begin to fathom.

May your day be joy-filled, your year be love-filled, and life be blessed.

Happy Birthday, Lorraine!

with Lorraine Ferro, Tanya Leah, & Sandra Sotero


  1. This is so lovely . It is a wonderful tribute to Lorraine specifically but also expresses what good long term friendships are about for everyone. Thank you Ilene.

  2. This is wonderful and true. Every person is amazing with hearts of gold. The writer included