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Retrospect of a life
on July 14, 2009
Ken Mansfield's "Between Wyomings - My God an iPod on the Open road" was not the kind of book that I normally read. He and his wife, Connie, retrace the steps of their lives as they take a three month long trip across America to the places of importance in their younger lives.
Mr. Mansfield was a record producer for many famous people in the music industry. As manager, he became good friends with many of them. The list is like a "Who's who" among musical personalities.
Through reading this book I was struck with the realization that all of the people that so many idolize are really just people with discovered talent. They are no different than the church soloist with the outstanding voice that has never been "discovered" with the exception of the fame and all its trappings. That word is the key word here, trappings. As Mansfield so aptly described within the pages of "Between Wyomings", the money and prestige entangle so many of our beloved stars. Many become ensnared with drugs, alcohol, and other compromising life-style choices. It seems like a hard life, a life that heaps up many regrets.
Because he was such a prolific producer and crossed so many music genres, I was not familiar with a lot of the people he produced. It seemed to me that the names could be interchanged because so many had the same story. It almost seemed that he looked with longing at the days of his youth, yet he did come to terms with himself and with God in the end. It can truly be said that at the end of the journey is God.