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Diane McFadzean

"In 1993 my baby brother, who was 26 at the time, was killed in a horrific automobile accident in New Jersey. We were very close, and he was all I had, and I struggled to deal with his death. I kept praying to God, "I need to know if my brother is okay, and  I need to know where he is." It was my first experience with the death of someone close to me. As the months went on and I continued to struggle, one day  I was coming home from the cemetery in New Jersey, and I had on my favorite radio station out of New York City,  CBS FM. It was a terrific oldies station. All of the sudden, the disc jockey announced a song dedication,  and he said this is "to my sister Diane from her brother Dominic." I couldn't believe it because me brother's name was Dominic and my name is Diane. Even though they're common names, I really felt that the dedication was for me from my brother, and I became very upset. The song that came on the radio was a song called, "I believe." The song talked about where he was, and that he was okay, and the people were looking out for him, and that he went astray and needed help, but he was okay. I was overwhelmed and hysterical and told my husband that he had to find the song.  I had never heard the song before hearing it that day on the radio. My  husband found a 45 record  of the song, but  I never really paid attention to who sang it. So from that day on, if I was having an unusually bad day, I would play the song and just cry and miss my brother.  An opera singer would sing it on Christmas morning as we opened gifts on TV, or  it would play on the radio on my birthday. I would hear it when I would think of my brother and be missing him on the radio.  A few years later, Larry Chance and The Earls were playing at the Moscow Fair, and I didn't really make the connection that they were the ones that sang the song that meant so much to me..."I Believe." During the  concert, Larry  came over and sat on my lap, and we sang a song together. But, I still didn't know who he was, and then he started to sing the song "I believe". I looked at my husband in disbelief and asked him to please take me out. My husband said "No,  you need to sit here and listen to this!! The group who sang this song, which you heard on the radio, and which means so much to you is here. ..this is for you."  So I sat in the audience, three rows back and listened to Larry Chance and The Earls sing, and  I just silently sobbed. I prayed one day I would get to tell him, but I didn't want to bother him.

I met Larry on August 23, 2014 in Hamlin, PA. for The 5th Annual Big Dog Daddy Fest, hosted by Eddie Pappa Vee.  I told Larry a short version of the above story.  Every time that song comes on, I know that it's a message from my brother just reminding me he is okay. He did go astray, but there are people watching over him, and it has brought me years and years of comfort.  I believe it is  definitely a supernatural message for me, for struggling through the loss of my brother.  Every time I hear that song it's a gift...and to meet Larry Chance in person was a also a gift, and to tell him my story.. was priceless."