Ignored Obscured Restored
Today’s SotW is very personal, and has been very difficult to write. I hope you will indulge me.
My friend Lawr Michaels died this week.
Lawr and three of his friends (Gene, Peter
Last March Steve Moyer, one of the original Rock Remnants 4, passed away at the age of 57. Now Lawr is gone and we’re down to three (including me).
Lawr was one of a kind. He suffered substantial pain in his life – chronic illness, loss of loved ones (
The first time I met Lawr our conversation led us to discover we both loved the album 801 Live. He’s still the only person I’ve met that even heard of the record, let alone cherished it. I later came to learn that’s what you should expect from Lawr – a deep and fervent knowledge of many subjects.
Lawr played in bands. I was in a band with him only once through the Oakland based BandWorks. Unfortunately, I missed our performance when my brother died unexpectedly and I was called back east. Lawr was also in The Biletones, a band that gigs occasionally in the east bay. His musicianship further extended to the recording of an album of original tunes – Downward Facing Dog – that’s available through Amazon. I reviewed the album on Amazon when it was released in 2011 and wrote:
Lawr Michaels’ recent release, Downward Facing Dog, is a gem. Its songs were written at a time of significant personal loss – his wife, son and dog all died within a very brief period – but the record isn’t an exercise in self pity. Rather, it is a celebration of the journey toward “happiness and contentment” that the tragedy imposed. Only a couple of the songs (I Miss You and Between Sorrow And Beauty) explicitly address the situation.
Today’s SotW is “Livin’ With a Flashlight,” from that album.
“… Flashlight” shuffles along like a JJ Cale number with Tom Verlaine-like vocals and tells a humorous story of coping with a power failure.
Like George Bailey in the holiday
Rest in peace, brother!
Enjoy… until next week.