When life sucks, drink lemonade. Today (January 11th) is my dad’s birthday. Those of you who’ve read the archives know that he passed away about a year and a half ago after a three year battle with cancer. It’s still really hard to talk or write about it. I don’t know if the pain will ever go away or if I’ll just get better at dealing with it. Really, though, that doesn’t matter. What does is going on with life and striving to make it the best that we can, regardless of what does or doesn’t happen. I do believe in an existence after death, but even if there’s nothing, there’s still so much worth doing and striving for in our time here on earth. People we can help. Lives improve. Things create.

…I’d write more but I’m starting to cry again. It’s only been recently that I’ve even been able to listen to the Beatles without it hurting too much. The Beatles were his favorite.

Speaking of, my dad (inspired by The Beatles!) was a very talented musician. He wrote and recorded tons of music and played in lots of band. Lead guitar, lead vocals. Man he was awesome. Anyway, ten years ago, he helped me record a song for Valentine’s day, which we burned on a CD and mailed to Aaron back when we were dating online. OoOo. It’s a cover of the Beatles’ rendition of Til There Was You. All of the guitar work was done by my dad, using the guitar that he gave me for my 16th birthday. <3 And here it is:

AND AND AND Go here to listen to my dad’s cover of You Can’t Do That and A Hard Day’s Night (and more) while in Rock Daddy… the band he played with right up til’ the end: http://michaeljspencer.com/rockdaddy.html

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Cancer sucks. Mine is in remission (I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2005), but many – like my dad – aren’t so lucky. If you can, please donate to help fund research so that we can stop it. Stop it so that less people lose their parents, their siblings, their friends, lovers, etc. Life is hard enough as it is.