Whereas Last Night In Temple Terrace was inspired by my dad’s finally getting out of the hospital after a kidney removal (in 2012), Last Night In Laurel Valley was made, I’m sad to report, in the wake of his passing on January 4th, 2019.
Fortunately for him and everyone who knew him, Dad outlived his 2012 cancer prognosis by several years. He and my mother enjoyed a pretty nice quality of life for about 5 1/2 years since that diagnosis, and it was only in the last couple of months that he started sliding. I’m incredibly grateful to have been there with my mother and sister for his final week, and to be at his side when he drew his final breath. It was truly a gift.
Dad was never a music guy. In fact, I don’t ever recall seeing him actively listen to music. That said, he never got in the way of my musical pursuits. He may have suggested, way back when, that I find a career more lucrative than music (not a bad idea, really), but he soon realized the futility of that, and pretty much resorted to cheering me on in my endeavors and making up silly band names (Cinnamon Magnet being his favorite).
It should be no surprise that there’s more than a touch of melancholy to this mix, and while I’m saddened by the loss of my dad, I’m mostly feeling grateful and fortunate for the great life he had and for having such a fantastic father. I see already that I’ll miss him daily.
If I haven’t bummed you out too much, please give this a listen. There’s some nice music in here. May it entertain you, and also serve as a reminder to tell the people you love and care about how you feel about them whenever you get the chance. Don’t wait. Life is short.
Thanks for listening.
In this mix you’ll hear: Death, Darondo, Peachtea, Pinchado (edited by Tribilin Sound), SoulChef, Sound Voyage and Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra.
See also: Last Night In Temple Terrace (1 of 2)