Michaels Last Love Letter to His Girls

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I just finished making a Spotify playlist. Hardly seems blogworthy I know. Except that this particular playlist will be the background as we scatter the ashes of a man taken way too soon. I’ll accompany my best friend and her daughter today to say the final goodbye to their lifelong partner and father respectively. It’s not going to be an easy day. My friend asked me to do a song list with some of Michael’s favorite songs. Since music has always been important to me and I have a rather broad appreciation for all genres so I figured I would gather the songs and that would be that. Silly me.

It’s impossible, for me anyway, to immerse myself in music in a superficial way. It affects me too deeply for that. Once I started searching for the artists and songs I know Michael liked, I could hear his voice. Conversations we’ve had, music we shared an affinity for, the women in his life we both love. Including Dave’s music, my own dearly departed love. I vividly remembered the day Dave gave Michael a hat with his own bands’ name on it and how excited Michael was to receive it. He was a true fan of the band and was tickled at Dave’s kindness. It was mutual admiration for sure.

Michael was clearly leading me in the selection of songs and the list started taking a different direction. This was his last chance to speak to the love of his life, and his beautiful daughter, and he was making it clear that he had things to say. So I let him use me like Sam used Oda Mae in the movie Ghost, to find the words he needed to express in a final love letter to his girls. I sat back and let him have his way with me – and my Spotify account. I think he’s happy. And his girls are going to love his last love letter…

Rest in peace Michael <3

Love Letter to Michaels Girls
Photo:Tonia Brewer




“Closer To The Heart”
By Rush

And the men who hold high places
Must be the ones who start
To mold a new reality
Closer to the heart
Closer to the heart
The blacksmith and the artist
Reflect it in their art
They forge their creativity
Closer to the heart
Closer to the heart Philosophers and ploughmen
Each must know his part
To sow a new mentality
Closer to the heart
Closer to the heart You can be the captain
I will draw the chart
Sailing into destiny
Closer to the heart



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