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    A Tribute song/video for my friend Darel

    This is a song on YouTube with music and images. It's my first attempt to create a YT video with multiple images along with my music.

    Let me go download available here: https://soundcloud.com/precipice/let-...
    Dedicated to my best friend of 55 years, Darel Stevens who passed away on Dec 29, 2017.

    There are several images of Heaven as well as Jesus in the instrumental portion of this video, if these bother you, PLEASE fast forward to 2:14 and listen to Darel's song There. The images are a result of my conversations on the phone with Darel following his surgeries. And those images are part of the story of Darel's journey and his experience which he shared with me. They are not meant to promote any religion or belief system by me.


    Let me go consists of 2 songs, the first half, written by myself, is the instrumental section of Alone and The Promise,while Song 2, "There" rises slowly in the mix against the backdrop of waves and seagulls and Darel's song finishes the piece.
    There was re-imagined and recorded by Darel several years ago.
    It was inspired and co-written in the 70's with his bandmate and friend Marv Cripps.

    Alone and The Promise were recorded by myself upon learning Darel had been rushed to the hospital after another seizure due to his brain cancer.
    He was placed on a ventilator and remained unresponsive for several days.
    I wrote Alone and the Promise as I could only imagine the struggle emotionally of feeling trapped between worlds. After several days he awoke and was later sent home with home hospice care.
    (Darel's faith and positive attitude remained with him during this entire illness.

    The song There speaks of a reflection on life and I thought it was the perfect Darel song to finish Let me go.
    Alone and The Promise written/recorded by Richard Hermans
    There was co written by Marv Cripps and Darel Stevens
    This version of There performed and recorded by Darel Stevens.
    The full version of There is here: https://soundcloud.com/clearcleaning/there

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    Sorry about your good friend. Thanks for sharing the music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapidfirerob View Post
    Sorry about your good friend. Thanks for sharing the music.
    Thank you for listening.

    Doing the video was very therapeutic for me and I've finally been able to listen to his song without getting choked up.
    I couldn't even listen to my instrumental section and had never listened again once I recorded it. I didn't think I ever could and was ready to put it in a lockbox away for ever.
    I was going through some old mp3's of his he had sent me, and There popped up. I listened and realized I wanted to share his music and the journey he had taken.
    Working on the video freed me of my sadness and it evolved into a celebration of his life(well, one tiny little section of it anyway).
    thanks again
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    Very honest, heartfelt and moving. Thanks for sharing
    Ephemeral Sun - because I gotta do something about these boxes of CDs in the basement: http://www.ephemeralsun.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Very honest, heartfelt and moving. Thanks for sharing
    Thank you John, I ALWAYS appreciate you taking time to listen and for your comments.
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