A Beautiful Farewell

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This was one of the few songs I’ve created where I began the composing process with a very specific goal in mind. The song title is a fitting counterpart to the title of the first song on the album, “A First Hello,” and it completes the story I wanted to tell through the album. But it has another meaning - this is the song I composed for my funeral. I wanted it to evoke a bit of sadness, but within the sadness, also the light of hope, positive memories, and strength. That’s how I want things to go when I pass. At first, maybe people will be sad, but what’s more important is that I’ll have hopefully left behind a part of me that people can remember me by and connect with, through my music and everything positive I’ve tried to contribute to the world. It’ll be farewell to me, the physical human being, but at the same time, it’s beautiful because I’ll still be watching over friends and family and I hope through this song, my music, and our memories they can remember to smile.

I’ve got to say, I’m not afraid of dying per se; I’m afraid of dying before I’ve lived a full life, having experienced all the world has to offer and having given the world all I have to give. I want to truly fall in love in the grandest sense of the word. I want to be an incredible husband, father, and friend. I want to travel the world and visit all of the most beautiful places. I want to learn to play the guitar and piano. I want to tour and have concerts where my songs are played live with real instruments. I want to move a crowd the way music moves me. I want to meet amazing big-hearted people with an outlook on life that inspires me. I want to make beautiful music, and I want to make the world a better place. I hope when I’m done with my life I’ll have left behind a way to make others happy even though I’m not here. If I can do that, I’ll know I lived a good life. That’s why this song means the most to me out of every song I’ve ever composed.

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from lovewell, released November 2, 2012

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Soulostar Berkeley, California

When I go to sleep at night, I dream of being able to heal the world with music.

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