BFF by Richard McLaughlin on Tuneful Tuesday

Summer is a time for building friendship on hot, lazy days. This song about best friends comes from member Richard McLaughlin, aka “Eco-Man.”

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Richard McLaughlin









I started working with special needs children when I was a teenager back in the early 70’s.  After serving in the Army I went to school under the GI bill and became a teacher in 1986.  I have worked with a wide range of students with all kinds of abilities.  I have taught in public, charter, and private schools of several types.  But I have always worked with special needs children.

One particular group of special needs children I enjoy teaching is children with autism.  They respond very well to music and I get a lot out of them utilizing a multiple sensory approach including music. BFF is a song I dedicate to the siblings, parents, and friends of those that have autism.  I play it at Walk for Autism throughout the area that I live. 

B.F.F. By Richard John McLaughlin

I like you. You like me, and we’re the best friends there will ever be.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a little different.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have much to say.

All I care is when I see you smiling.

Because I know you’re my best friend forever more.

 You like to play the games that I do

And when we play we never cheat or fight

I wish this day could last forever.

Because I know you’re my best friend forever more.


I could climb to the top of a mountain

I could swim to the bottom of the sea

I could walk across this country

But I know I’d never find a friend like you.

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1 comment

  1. This wonderful, especially your work with special needs kids and in hospitals. I personally know the healing power of music as my own mother, whose mind is gone, is touched every time we visit her and play music from her youth. She doesn’t recognize or remember anything but music has a way of getting inside everyone, even the hardest to reach. Bravo, Richard!

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