Kirk Whalum Blog
Life on Fast Forward
Wayman Tisdale lived life on fast-forward...
To accomplish so much in such little time
To touch so many lives, definitely mine
There was something sinister about that huge smile!
A "knowing" that he would be gone in a while
A super-hyper gusto that was always on ten
I think of it now, but I noticed it then
Wayman was on roller-blades, skating through problems
While the rest of us dragged around trying to solve them
His children, his family, even his wife
Seemed all but tethered to so BIG a life
Thank God it’s contagious, cause now we see it in them
Their faces are radiant, not hopeless or grim
God loved Wayman enough to prepare him a place
With super huge chairs in a super huge space!
His humor was BIG, but so was his pain
Now we'll need that laughter... seems so insane
We’re missing the jokester, the forward, the clown
Seems that Daddy came calling, and just made him lie down
The big kid Wayman was, God prob'ly called twice!
But to think of Tis' chillin... I tell you... that's nice
Life on fast-forward
He was a fast forward
Olympic Gold Medal forward
Then he moved music forward
And the song had just started when God moved Wayman forward
And the game is in overtime
For endless time
But Wayman’s not sweating
Or striving or suffering
No more suffering
He’s in the zone, face to Face
The fast forward is with the Savior
And it’s hang time!
The sad memory is the last time I saw my friend, in Memphis along with George Duke three weeks ago. I hugged him and told he and Regina that Ruby and I were continuing to pray. He was so obviously weak and had lost so much weight. But man that smile! It was like a moonbeam! Make that a sun ray! It was heavenly. And for good reason, Wayman probably had a good idea he wouldn't be here under the sun too much longer. He and Regina have a lovely ranch there in Oklahoma... but nothing compared to the mansion he's in now! I have so many wonderful memories of hanging with Wayman and Jonathan Butler––we toured together as the Rendezvous All Stars. 90% of those memories involve Wayman either clowning, joking, doing impersonations, or just being silly! It was non-stop. And those laughs were like fuel for us on the hard travel days and when the show didn't go like we wanted.