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?

New Beginnings

It's the beginning of March, and Spring is in the air. I always like to commemorate the changing of the seasons, especially when it's a move from colder days to warmer ones. Spring is officially just a few short weeks away. But already, in my neck of the woods, leaf and blossom are bursting their way into life. And the wildflowers in the foothills are just beginning to do their dance in the sun. It's a wonderful time. I look forward to it every year.

At another level, the changing of the seasons reminds me of our individual pilgrimages into wholeness. To grow into the light, we need to change from what we've been to what we seek to become. In that sense, it's a different kind of new beginning; we move from the old self to the new self.

What do I mean by that? I'll admit I've borrowed from the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza (, whose books and videos talk about the journey from the old, ego-driven self to the new, "who you really are" self, the one that's free of old programming, beliefs, wounds, addictive emotions, etc.

That process of becoming the New Self can be a bit daunting at times. Old habits don't go away easily. But the rewards are worth the struggle. I guess it may sound a bit like New Year's resolutions; somehow, though, it feels different to me. It's more like emerging from a long hibernation, or waking from a dream state into a waking reality. New day. New life. New beginnings.

What changes "from old to new" do you look forward to? What new beginnings are you pondering to undertake for yourself this season?

Musicians We'll Miss - 2016

It's hard to believe the first month of 2017 is already behind us. I'm new to the blogging world, but the world of music is my life, so before I get too deep into 2017, I want to take a moment to remember, and pay homage to, some of the great musicians we lost in 2016.

DAVID BOWIE - January 10, 2016 - age 69


GLENN FREY - January 17, 2016 - age 67


PAUL KANTER - February 4, 2016, - age 74


 MAURICE WHITE - February 4, 2016 - age 74


 KEITH EMERSON - March 11, 2016 - age 71


MERLE HAGGARD - April 6, 2016 - age 79


PRINCE - April 20, 2016 - age 57


LEONARD COHEN - November 10, 2016 - age 82



 LEON RUSSELL - November 13, 2016 - age 74


GREG LAKE - December 7, 2016 - age 69


GEORGE MICHAEL - December 25, 2016 - age 53


These musicians, as well as those I have overlooked, will be deeply missed. Fortunately, their music will live forever. Please feel free to comment, remind me of the artists who aren't on this list (an opportunity to listen to music I haven't heard yet), and maybe share your favorite tune for each artist. Music lives forever! 


Who have I forgotten and what have these artist meant to you?



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