"Church in the Wildwood" Performed by Andy Griffith, Don Knotts & Robert Emhardt
"What was really the backbone of the show — we never talked about it — but the backbone of the show and the thrust of the show was love" — Andy Griffith: A TV Icon From Mayberry To 'Matlock'. "Things have changed so much. People walked away from a simple life we had in the '20s and '30s, and I am glad that I am able to touch that period in our lives with the shows that I do and with the music that I do."
Amen. Thank you. And rest in peace.
Of course, this blog's tag line with its warning against the dangers of nostalgia comes to mind, but Mr. Griffith cannot be blamed for tapping into a genuine longing for better times.