My guess is, they were the Hay Lake Fireworks, a summertime gift from the residents of that lake. You can get there by boat, of course, or just park your car in the grass on the roadside near the lake and throw a blanket on the ground. Or, watch through the trees from the back porch of your house. A light rain was falling, as I watched from under the eaves, the fireworks glinting off the tin roof of the old chicken coop.
And, as I watched, I thought about Hank Cochran, who passed on last Thursday. He was one of the finest songwriters in country music. You probably know some of them, maybe even grew up listening to them as I did: "I Fall to Pieces" and "She's Got You," by Patsy Cline, "Make the World Go Away," by Ray Price, and many more he either wrote, or co-wrote, including some for George Strait and Vern Gosdin, whose voice still makes me want to weep every time I hear it. Soulful, is the only way to describe it.
Behind every great singer, there's an equally great songwriter, helping to make it all happen. Here's Vern, singing my favorite Hank Cochran song, "Is It Raining At Your House?" (Hank shared songwriting credit with Vern and Dean Dillon on this one):