Layng Martine Jr & Haley Woolbright

Valentine's Day Special - Two Great Songwriters

It was fun for me to get two great songwriters together to celebrate Valentine's Day. 

Layng Martine, Jr. is one of my favorite guests. Every time he comes on Joy on Paper my listeners let me know how much they enjoy his songs. In 2013, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by many of the greatest artists including The Pointer Sisters, Reba McEntire, and Elvis Presley, whose recording of Way Down was one of his last.

He is the perfect guest for Valentine's Day as he is the author of a NEW YORK TIMES most-emailed Modern Love essay. A story that he later turned into a book about his amazing career and the love of his life, Linda, who was injured in a car accident.

Permission to Fly is the story of a great love. Although Linda became a paraplegic as a result of the accident, they never stopped enjoying life. The two of them have embraced life and have refused to dwell on the negatives, but instead look forward to making every day better than the last.

Their love story is an inspiration to all of us. I hope that some Hollywood producer will grab this book. It will make for a wonderful film -- a true love story that has lasted over fifty years.

Haley Woolbright is just starting off her career and is a newly wed . I first played her song, BOX CAR, and fell in love with it. So did my listeners. It has been an honor to help promote her music. I predict that one day she will win a Grammy Award. She is truly and bright and shiny star in the music business.

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