VIDEO: “Play Me The Waltz Of The Angels”, Joey Martin Feek Dies At Age 40, Song Makes For Bittersweet Memories
Country fans have many reasons to recall the all too short life of Joey Martin Feek, of country duo Joey + Rory, following her death earlier this month. Feek passed away on March 4, 2016 after battling cancer for much of the last two years. Rory posted these words on a blog.
My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven.
The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior.
At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side.
She was originally diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014 and underwent surgery. In June of 2015 she and her husband Rory received the news that her cancer had returned, followed by a devastating diagnosis that the disease had reached Stage 4. Tragically, on Oct. 23 Rory revealed that doctors had given them the news that there was nothing more they could do. The pair made the hard decision to stop treatments.
One of the most tender and now bittersweet songs that comes from the Grand Ole Opry Stage is this loving couple singing in November 2013 the Buck Owens and the Derailers’ “Play Me the Waltz of the Angels”. This is one of their final Opry performances. The venue is at the true Mother Church of Country Music–the historical Ryman Auditorium.
Joey takes the lead on this rendition.
“He said, ‘Play me the waltz of the angels / And I’ll close my eyes and pretend / Play me the waltz of the angels/ So I can dance with my angel again,’” she sings. “He said, ‘Yes, that’s the song I remember / That’s the one that she loved the best / It was playing the night that I met her / And it was playing when we laid her to rest.’”