This song was for mama, appropriately posted in time for Mother’s Day.
A New Orleans singer posted a moving tribute on social media to his mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Wynton Thomas was supposed to be performing at the French Quarter Festival, but health concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic caused the annual event to be canceled. Several other musical appearances were scrubbed, too.
If there is a silver lining in this disappointment, it is that Thomas gets to spend more time with his mother, Patricia, WDSU reported.
“Had it not been for this pandemic, I don’t understand or know how I would’ve been able to deal with the progression of it, you know, being in regular day life,” Thomas told the television station.
Patricia was diagnosed with Alzheimer's six years ago and is not getting any better, Thomas told the WDSU. However, the pandemic has allowed him to get closer to his mother and inspired him to create a pictorial tribute on his YouTube channel.
"It's been hard to watch her slowly leave me but, she is an amazing woman," Thomas wrote on YouTube for the video, "A Song for Mama," a cover of the Boyz II Men song. "Everything I am is because of her so, this song is dedicated to Mama."