Grateful Remembrances

Grateful Remembrances

We sometimes take relationships for granted. When those people are no longer in our lives, when the reality that they're gone sinks in, it occurs to us that we valued those relationships more than we realized. Now they're gone. And now we grieve. And then we heal and move on. One of the best ways to heal is to remind ourselves of all the things about those people, and our relationship with them, that we're grateful for.

Two musician friends passed away recently, and both left us too soon. Both were talented. Both were wonderful human beings. And both will be missed.

Michael Diamond was someone who recently became a friend. He reviewed some of my CDs (quite favorably, I'm thankful to say). I got to meet with him in September 2016, at his studio in Marin County, California. Below is a picture of us on that happy occasion (you may need to click the "Read More..." link, below, to see the pix). I'm glad to know he will be honored at the Zone Music Reporter Awards later this month in New Orleans. Michael, I'm grateful to have known you. Thank you for your many contributions to the music community.

Jeff Hall was a friend I've known for over 40 years. We developed our recording studio chops back in the day when 16-track analog was state of the art; certainly, digital hadn't appeared on the horizon yet. More recently, Jeff and I spent time in his Studio A listening to the final mixes of several of my CDs. Here's a picture of us in the studio (and yes, that's a Studer A800 24-track in the background). Alana and I attended his memorial service recently. It was a special time. And I got to reconnect with some musicians I worked with over 40years ago. Jeff, thank you, brother, for all the good times, musically and personally, that we shared over the decades. Maximus Media will not be the same without you.

I miss them both, and I'm grateful for the experiences we shared with each other. I hope I become more mindful of the important people in my life, and I hope I savor every moment I spend with them.

What relationships are you the most grateful for? When was the last time you connected with them? How and when will you show them how special they are to you? Do you have any special remembrances you'd like to share in a comment?

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