Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Holy Smile

Posted September 15, 2010

Thanks to all of you for submitting your beautiful smile images. With a wedding last week I needed a little tension relief and you certainly provided it with your warm and wonderful photographs.

We’ve crafted a musical slideshow using many of your images.

I wanted to use all of them but I ran out of music. The song is new tune I put on my Simple Beauty CD. It’s called Holy Smile.

Best Smile Some of your best smiles

The melody came to me last December while I was in Durham at the American Tobacco District and noticed a roomful of radiant smiles at our company’s long-term employees’ luncheon.

I do believe there is something sacred and holy about a person’s smile. As mountain historian Bob Pate once told me during an interview – a smile is a window to a person’s soul.

It was very difficult for me to pick a winner of the Best Smile. There were so many good ones. But here we go. The winner is Connor Patrick Roth whose brilliant smile is featured at the left and fills the third frame of the photo essay. I’ll be sending a signed copy of Simple Beauty to Connor’s dad and mom this week.

While you’re watching and listening to the slideshow think about the following question: Who has the best smile in show business? Feel free to name and discuss.


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  • LMRA Sep 17, 2010

    mdoodle - which is your picture???? I want to put a face to the screen name!!! I love the sock puppet but I would rather picture you when I see your posts!

    Personally if Elliott Sadler (NASCAR) ever looked me in the eye and smiled, I would be speechless (and that is virtually impossible) and probably pass out right there at his feet.

    OK so my nieces didn't make the cut but I have to say I totally enjoyed looking at the slide show. I may suggest that my niece's dance teachers listen to some of your music. I think some of your songs would be perfect for their lyrical dance classes.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Sep 16, 2010

    WooHoo!! I made the cut! LOL! Bill you have so much talent. Thank you for sharing your wonderful music with the world.

    I agree that Julia Roberts has one of the prettiest smiles in Hollywood.. Also (even though I am not a big fan of his) Mario Lopez has a smile that can melt butter.

  • lynneslaughter Sep 16, 2010

    i always enjoyed the smiles on any of the actors from the Carol Burnett Show. Carol, Lyle, Harvey, Vicki, Tim.

  • Sunny One Sep 16, 2010

    I love the music!

    Best smile in show business? Julia Roberts.

  • sweetscox1999 Sep 16, 2010

    BEAUTIFUL music!!! and what a cutie for the winner!

    best smile in show biz...Kenny Chesney

  • zoozie Sep 15, 2010

    Lovely! Thank you ; )
    Just dreamt last night of an older couple with such beautiful smiles, that I just had to take their picture.. amazing to see this today after such a vivid dream!

  • bleslie Sep 15, 2010

    Thanks so much! I really enjoyed putting this album together.

  • genegeneandnancy Sep 15, 2010

    Beautiful combination of photos and music...perfect!!

  • mycatbubba Sep 15, 2010

    Beautiful music. Beautiful pictures!

  • dlwilliams1 Sep 15, 2010

    That is a beautiful, beautiful song.




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