Talking about grief and loss may be uncomfortable for many, but grief affects each of us at some point or another. I wrote the song "Go On" to help a friend heal from the loss of her mother, and it was recorded and published in Canada in 2012.
Friends offer up their kindness.
But all you hear is silence.
You're trapped within a world without.
This year, "Go On" was chosen as the theme song for The Grief Dialogues, a multimedia gathering of voices that offers a new conversation about dying, death and grief. The piece includes a short film, theatrical works and music and is slated for a full production in Seattle in September 2017.
You're standing two years later.
Your life's been good on paper,
But there are days you just can't breathe.
The song's message is that grief comes in waves, and we each grieve in our own way and our own time. And most importantly, any way you choose to process your emotions is completely fine. I'm honored that Elizabeth Coplan, founder of The Grief Dialogues and a published playwright, connected with the music and lyrics in "Go On" and invited me to be part of the piece. I'm also honored to be serving on the show's Advisory Council.
Songs about grieving and loss are moving to the forefront, and perhaps the most prominent album of late is Liv On, combining the talents of singer-songwriters Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and my friend and collaborator Amy Sky.
Listen to the song demo below, and visit the show's site to share your story.