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Moorhead musician Rick Adams writes song after losing son

Music is some of the best therapy, especially for those grieving or going through a crisis.

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Moorhead musician Rick Adams.
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FARGO — A seasoned singer from the entertainment scene in Fargo-Moorhead is now out with a song attracting attention nationwide.

Rick Adams is no stranger to picking up a guitar and singing from the heart, but lately a new song is striking a chord like no other song he's written.

"I get emotional talking about it," said Adams, a Moorhead songwriter.

In 2014, Adam's son, Payton, was one of four killed in a car crash in Minnesota. The incredible loss is still hard to process, but music, and this new song Adam's wrote is helping him heal.

"It is from my heart, and hopefully, it's Payton speaking through me," Adams said.


The song, "Peace, Love and Positive Vibes," is sending a message.

"Be good to each other. Be kind to each other, that's what Payton would want it (the song) to say," Adams said.

Adams has played in plenty of bars and at numerous concert venues, but this song is performed with a whole new meaning.

"I realized that the serial number for this guitar is the same as Payton's birthday," Adams said. "He was born Jan. 24, 1997."

The song and his guitar are ways for Adams to honor the memory of a son, all in hopes that time and words heal.

"It's healed a lot of things in my life," Adams said.

When it starts getting to be pumpkin harvest season, it is hard to beat a record-breaker grower from Buchanan, North Dakota.

Every year, Payton's high school football team hands out the Payton Adams Hustle Award in his memory.

To the hear Adams' new song, visit rickadamslive.com

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia, Juarez,Mexico and the Middle East. He is an multiple Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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