Conway Twitty was a unique American musical talent. From his days as a small boy listening to a black gospel choir, he graduated to working with Sam Phillips, the founder of the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, along with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. He then had his monster hit, "It's Only Make Believe," during the birth of rock and roll and later moved on to Nashville in a career-long musical odyssey that turned out the most number-one hits (55) of any artist.
Twitty, who picked his stage name from towns in Arkansas and Texas, followed his musical dream his whole life, and due to his talent, skill, and determination, became a giant in several musical genres. Further, he imbued his work with his own inimitable style. Songs like his "Hello Darlin'," "Slow Hand," and "That's My Job"—together with duets such as "After the Fire Is Gone," "Lead Me On," "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man," and "As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone" with Loretta Lynn—captured the essence of country music values: Home, hearth, and the love between a man and a woman.
From a Unificationist perspective, there is much to be learned from Conway Twitty's experience. Perhaps the most useful lesson is that are all vested with certain talents, skills, and abilities. But if people take the time and maybe even the risk, they can fulfill their potential in life. The empowerment for such enterprise does not come merely from the work people do, but from the inspiration that encourages them in the fulfillment of their own dreams. The source of such inspiration is from a source beyond humanity itself. Tapping into it requires other "intangibles"—hope, faith, and confidence that one can overcome whatever obstacles may come his way.