Songs of Christmas
I am really excited about this opportunity to share my music with you. I want to express my appreciation to my family and friends who encouraged me to take a leap of faith and record some of my favorites. As a tribute to my children and grandchildren, I began by recording 'Di's Lullabies', a compilation of melodies for them to enjoy. 'He's Everything ... Songs of Faith and Inspiration' was my way of offering favorite requests back to the ones who, in so many ways, have influenced me in my Christian walk. I recorded 'Songs of Christmas ... from my heart to yours' just for fun--as a carol sing-a-long. I've told you why I recorded my CD's, but for you to truly understand my journey, I would like to tell you a little about myself. Having lived in the small farming town of Tallulah, Louisiana my entire life has been a blessing. It is where I met and married my husband of 39 years, Truman Collins. It is also where I reared my three children and where I now spend time with them and their families. My grandchildren give me some of my most treasured moments, especially as they sing along with Mama Di. I accepted Christ at the age of eight and I cannot remember a time when I did not feel his presence in my life. As a member of First Baptist Church, Tallulah, Louisiana, I have taught a Sunday School class for 34 years and been a member of the church choir. I have been singing most of my life. I am a soloist in our choir, and it seems that sharing my love for Christ through the songs I sing is not only my witness to others but my personal way of worshipping. I feel closest to God while I am singing. I never saw myself as a soloist, but I never turned down an opportunity to sing - church, graduations, weddings, funerals, programs for senior adults, festivals, benefits. I love every chance I have to sing with a group of guys who call themselves the BBB's - Brushy Bayou Boys. Their name creates a problem when I sing with them, if you know what I mean ... They were gracious enough to record the background voices to the title song of my CD 'He's Everything', a song I co-wrote with Charlaine Yerger, a friend from Tallulah. I taught high school English and speech for 22 years at Tallulah Academy where I organized and sponsored the Fellowship of Christian Students. This time in my life presented many special memories that are blessings to me every day. My husband is my greatest supporter. Since my retirement from teaching, I help Truman and my sons with the farming operation as a cook, bookkeeper, peacemaker, and general errand girl. Although my help with the farm is time consuming, I still have free time to spend with my children, grandchildren, sisters, and my mother. My retirement has also given me time to pursue my love for music. I know now that I want to capture every opportunity that I have to share my love for Christ through song until God decides there is something more He has for me to do. Please e-mail me and let me know what you think of my CD's or just tell me a little about yourself and say hello. I would love to hear from you. Showing Christ's love through music, Diane Collins.