Posted by: fseamans | November 10, 2010

Remembering Jack Seamans…

Some of you may have heard that my Daddy’s health has been very fragile since his open heart surgery a few years ago… he just never really recovered from that battle… early this morning, Jack Seamans quietly left this earth and passed over the threshold he so enjoyed singing about… that chilly Jordan, as he would probably put it.

I can imagine him spending his first day in heaven putting together a scrap-iron quartet somewhere up there… and finding an old Gibson cutaway guitar over in the corner… strumming out a G chord, just like the old Chuck Wagon Gang songs used to kick off, and then launching into a gospel hymn… something like Farther Along or Where Could I Go. And everybody that’s anywhere near that cloud of witnesses joining along. Nobody ever enjoyed singing a gospel song more than Jack Seamans. Heaven’s music will be alot sweeter after today.

The funeral service will be Thursday morning at 11 am at Glendale Baptist Church… all my brothers and sisters and I will sing some of his favorite hymns in the service… the preacher will say some kind words about a life well lived… the grandsons, my five boys and their cousins, will carry him to his final resting place there in the local country cemetery. I can imagine the stories that will be told of how he touched lives and I can already sense the love and comfort of all the family and friends that will come to pay their final respects to a man they all respected very much.

Many memories come to my mind as I write out these words… mostly very intimate things like his toothy grin and his big hands… how he would hold up those fists and call them “Arkansas haymakers”… and the way he clapped those rough hands together in that silly double-clapping thing he did… or always breaking the G-string on his Gibson because he strummed it so hard.

Then there are special moments we shared… like the night out on the porch of our trailer house on Dawson’s Lake when I was about 12… he blew warm Camel cigarette smoke into my ears to soothe an ear infection… and it worked! Or the time he sat at the dinner table in our home and explained to the family that things were going to be a bit tight around there for a while because he was starting over from scratch with A-Tex Furniture… and how he and mom worked sun-up to sun-down for the next several months to pull us through it. Then I remember how he would always warn us about that same spot in the highway every time we headed home from the country, or how he seemed to know somebody every where we went. And there was something special about the way he always responded when I went to him with some kind of dilemma, which was a fairly regular occurence for me… he always had a “been there and done that” story of his own and it always calmed my troubled spirit to know he could relate.

My strongest memory of Daddy is the way he thrived on singing and entertaining folks. I’m so thankful the Lord gave me the opportunity to tag along with my Daddy and watch him entertain folks with that Gibson cutaway and toothy grin, belting out songs with his incredible vocal range and winsome disposition. Jack Seamans was everybody’s friend and when he sang and played, the whole world listened… or at least, that’s the way it seemed to me. I’m so thankful that he imparted to me that same love for entertaining and ministering to people’s hearts with a song… anything I’ve ever or will ever accomplish in the ministry of music will be simply due to those nights I spent as his wing man, strumming along and trying to find a harmony part.

We haven’t lost him… because we know exactly where he is. Jack Seamans was right with God. He made that clear any time the subject of salvation was brought up. The night I got saved at Woodland Trails Baptist Church in Houston and, in my overwhelmed zeal, suggested how I wished “my whole family could experience what I had”… I remember fondly the way he stood and proclaimed he had been saved as a teenager! Yes… he was ready to meet his Maker… and sometime early this morning, he finally did.

Daddy used to sing an old gospel song that said “When you have reached the top of Old Mount Zion… Brother I’ll not be too far behind,” That’s my prayer tonight, Daddy… that it won’t be too long before we get to sing together again. Until then, enjoy your rest… you certainly have earned it!

Posted by: fseamans | November 5, 2010

What’s next?

Greetings, friends…

Once again, I’m way overdue for an update, so for those of you who still want to keep up with my adventures… here goes!

As I reported to you last time, Frank Jr.’s health is still doing great and the first concert we did together went very well! However, after praying about it, we’ve decided the timing is just not right for us to commit to a touring schedule right now. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to do that one concert together, but Frank Jr.’s priority is to focus on getting his college degree. I’m really proud of Frank Jr. for his commitment to finish his education and hopefully, there will be a time in the future when the Lord will allow us to go out and sing some together.

So what does that mean for my future… well, for now, I’m putting all my attention into moving my family back to my hometown of Houston, Texas. Libby has just taken a new job as the Director of Private Banking with Sterling Bank, which required us to relocate right away. Of course, I’ll miss leading worship for the traditional services at Freedom Life Church in Dallas, but I believe God has an assignment for me in Houston and He will direct my steps. I guess I’ve been through enough of these transitions now to understand how God can work through all the chaos and bring about great things! There are some possibilities in the works and I’ll give you an update once I know what that new assignment is going to be.

For now, I’m busy putting together a special Thanksgiving Celebration & Sing-along event… this is just an informal get together with all my friends here in Houston. John Sommer, my old buddy from The Sound, will be leading the band and playing piano… and some of my friends from my days as a Music Pastor at Christian Temple will be singing with me. It will be a special night of worship and singing the great songs of the church with the specific Thanksgiving theme. If you’re anywhere near Houston on Saturday, November 20 at 6 pm, come join us at Central Assembly in Pasadena for a great evening! Admission is free but we’ll be receiving a special offering to benefit the Pleasant Hills Children’s Home in Fairfield, TX. For over 60 years, the folks at Pleasant Hills have been providing a loving Christian environment for under-privileged children and it will be our privilege to contribute to a great cause.

Probably the most exciting part of this event for me will be the fact that I’m debuting my first solo CD! That’s right… I’ll be singing from “Relevant Hymns, Volume One” and that will be the first time I’ll have it available for sale! I just finished the final mix and they’re being duplicated right now! For those of you who would like to order the Relevant Hymns CD online now, just click thru here and go to the Family Tree Publishing Online Store to place your order… you’ll receive your CD in 3 to 4 weeks. I’m passionate about these fresh arrangements of some of my favorite classics and I pray that they’ll be a blessing to you.

Of course, I’m still working on The Ichabod Factor… as I reported before, I’ve decided to include in the book some of the new things God showed me through my time leading worship for the traditional service at Freedom Life Church in Dallas, so that has postponed the release of the book for now. Thanks so much to those of you who have expressed interest… and thanks for your patience!

I’ve not been doing much with this blog to this point, but I’ll start checking it for comments now that activity is starting to ramp up. I hope to see you soon at the upcoming concert or somewhere else down the road.

God bless… Frank

Posted by: fseamans | June 30, 2010

Hey Everybody…

I’m thrilled to announce that we reached another milestone in Frank Jr.’s cancer battle today! That’s right… he went into the Day Surgery unit at Medical City Dallas today and had the port taken out of his chest. This was such a big deal to us because this means he can finally feel normal again! This symbolizes that Frank Jr. has fought the good fight… AND WON!!!

I’ve been so proud of Frank Jr. all the way though this battle… and today was no different. He was so thankful to God for being with him through the journey. He smiled from ear to ear after the surgery as we sat at Chuy’s eating some great Mexican food and praising the Lord for finally taking us over the threshold! I think it’s safe to say this cancer thing is behind us now.

We want to say “Thanks” to all of you who have kept Frank Jr. in your prayers… we realize that God has blessed us with a miracle, but we know that your prayers played a crucial role in that process. May the Lord open the windows of heaven to all of you who have been so generous and kind to our family!

Posted by: fseamans | June 18, 2010

Well… here it is… you found me! I finally figured out how to get this blog up and running…

Greetings, friends…

I suppose I’m way overdue for an update… sorry about that but I’ve been really busy! My work at Freedom Life Church as the Worship Leader for the Traditional Service has been consuming a great deal of my time and energy. I’ve also been really covered up with trying to finish the redesign of the church website and we’re just a few days away from launch. Of course, I’m still working hard to finish The Ichabod Factor and it looks like we’ll be able to go to press soon. The Hymns CD is still in the works but I’ve had to put it on the back burner for the last few weeks.

I do have some really exciting news to report… Frank Jr. and I just did our first concert together on June 12th at the First Baptist Church of Moody, TX. My brother Bill joined us playing piano and singing the baritone part. It was a dream come true for me to finally get to sing with my family!

My longtime friend Tony Watson and the Crimson River Ministries family hosted the concert and they did a great job of promoting the event. The church was packed and the atmosphere was powerful. My old friend Scott Williams was there with his group, the MasterPeace Quartet and we also got to hear the debut performance of the Watson family featuring Tony, Rhonda, Krista and Kylee. Even James and Wanda Rhoads got in on it, singing a couple of great hymns. James is the patriarch of the family and the Music Director there at First Baptist Moody… he proved that he can still belt it out! I got to sing one with Krista and Tony Watson, too! Everybody did great! As a bonus, my old friend Jess Farmer showed up and we put a “scrap-iron” quartet together to sing Here Comes the Bride, the old classic ballad we used to sing with The Sound. The highlight was when everybody joined in on the finale, I Bowed on My Knees.

Probably the biggest surprise of the evening was when we saw our good friends Ruth Ann and Mildred from San Diego drive up… they flew in from California just for the concert! Can you believe that! We were absolutely overwhelmed that these sweet friends would go to that much trouble to be with us for our debut concert… and if you didn’t know, Mildred is 95 years old! Needless to say, I was on Cloud 9 the whole night and I can’t wait till we have another opportunity to sing together.

Several months ago, I told you I was going to turn this into a blog… well, at that time, I set-up a WordPress account but then never got around to letting you know that it was there. So… here it is… I’m looking forward to dialoging with ya’ll and I’ll try to keep it updated about what’s happening in my ministry. Of course, I’ll also let you know when the book and CD are ready for ordering… thanks for staying in touch!

 God bless… Frank