Bonnie Raitt has just written an essay for her Facebook page thanking her fans for the "outpouring of messages" she's received since she won the Song of the Year Grammy for "Just Like That" a few days ago.
Since that time, Bonnie has been "been so deeply moved, often to tears, reading the personal stories of hundreds of people who were curious why this song had won." She says that "after listening, many of you wrote that you were moved to tears, even inspired to share your own heart-wrenching stories of either having your loved one’s life saved by an organ donation, or having decided at the height of the terrible shock and loss of losing a beloved, that you would donate their organs so that others could live."
She cited messages from "nurses and doctors involved with transplants...as well as people who were tragically not able to get an organ in time to save their loved one’s life; from "the family members of people who wanted their organs to be donated, but are now living with the guilt when that wish, for whatever reason, was not able to be fulfilled." She says "these stories run the gamut" and that she is "just blown open by the vulnerability and power of each of them."
Bonnie went on to tell the story behind the song, and expressed her hope that it will "bring about even more awareness and motivation for more of us to support organ donation registration and infrastructure — removing obstacles that have hindered helping thousands connecting to facilitate this miraculous gift of life and help bring comfort to those suffering such tragic loss."
She concluded by posting a link to an op-ed by Dr. Maureen McBride of the United Network for Organ Sharing in USA Today, in which McBride laid out why these programs need more support and the ways we can all help. Raitt added that to read the many responses she wrote. Fans can visit the "Just Like That" lyric video on YouTube.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]