Forever Families: Zaviar gets a guitar lesson from Sam Riggs
Sam Riggs is one of Texas Country's hottest stars. The Austin-based musician is working on a new record that pays tribute to his rock influences but he took time off to meet "Forever Families" child Zaviar and give him a guitar lesson he'll never forget.
Guitars and good times are familiar sounds at the Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall.
"Know the difference between a guitar and a fish? You can tune a guitar but you can't tune a fish," said Sam while he and Zaviar exchanged jokes.
"What's Buzz Lightyear's favorite beer?" asked Zaviar. "Buzz Light Beer," said Zaviar laughing.
This new friendship strikes a chord for 17-year-old Zaviar.
"You just hold that one all the way down," Sam said as he taught Zaviar how to play guitar.
"Good! There you go," he said.
On a quiet stage, Zaviar's confidence is growing loud enough to hear every time Sam gives him encouragement.
"Perfect, you go it," said Sam.
"I'm learning," said Zaviar.
He is learning, more than just a guitar lesson.
"What music teaches you to do is good things that are worth having don't come easy. But it's worth working for," said Sam.
"There's nowhere this guitar won't take you if you want to go," Sam told Zaviar.
Zaviar has less than a year before he ages out of the Texas foster care system. More than anything, the smart, witty and talented teen wants a forever family.
"Really most of my life, I've had one or no parents in my life," said Zaviar. "I think adoption is a brilliant way to let children who have nobody, have somebody. Including me," he said.
"And you deserve it, you know that," said CBS Austin Reporter Lindsay Liepman.
Sam's story includes struggles that he says made him stronger.
"Playing music was my only escape. It was either go outside or play guitar. We didn't have TV. We didn't have heat or ac. That guitar was everything," said Sam.
At 18, Sam left home to chase a music career in Austin. He tells Zaviar dreams are always worth the risk.
"I have reached so hard for things and worked my fingers to the bone," said Sam.
"It's not about being on top of the mountain. It's about getting there because as soon as you stand on the peak, you'll see another mountain you want to climb," said Sam.
"This is a good day," said Zaviar.
"Absolutely, it is a good day," said Sam.