In May 1992, my mom and my dad renewed their wedding vows. They celebrated 25 years of Wedded Bliss. I sang the country hit “Crazy” by Kenny Rogers for my parents during the distribution of the Holy Communion during Mass. I found out at a later time that Father Mallahan, who presided over the Mass, was not happy about the title of the song and was vocalizing his concern during the reception. The song itself is beautiful and conveys a timeless declaration of love. But, Father Mallahan didn’t enjoy the implication of the word “Crazy”,especially with the amplified sound of my voice continuously and loudly singing the word “Crazy”, resonating throughout the Sacred House of God where hymns of Praise are normally sung. The procession to the altar is supposed to be a quiet time for reflection and the word “Crazy”was floating all around. I still giggle about the unintentional controversy this caused. I was spreading “Crazy” in a positive light, reflecting the goodness and power of the love that fuels the intentions of this beautiful country hit from Kenny Rogers! Father Mallahan wasn’t too upset though; a kind and gentle man with an ever-present smile. I hope that most people would appreciate the context for which “Crazy” was used in this situation. It was all good. ;)
As big fans of Kenny Rogers, my mom and dad were happy with my song choice and that’s why I sang it. Mom, I know you’ve already enjoyed this from Heaven. And, dad, I hope this brings back fond memories. I love you both with all of my heart (x infinity)!
Happy 44th Wedding Anniversary Mom and Dad!
"Crazy" is a single released by Kenny Rogers in December 1984. "Crazy" hit the charts in 1985 and was Kenny Rogers' eleventh number one country single as a solo artist. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of thirteen weeks on the country chart. Rogers co-wrote the track with Richard Marx.