There are times in our lives when some things have more meaning because of circumstances beyond our control. I’ve had this happen many times. Life teaches us lessons, so does music. I am writing this for a friend who recently taught me these lessons on a different level. It started with this song… a beautiful ballad that has touched my life and on many days opened my heart to what was waiting. The song is called ‘Love in Abundance’ the singer/songwriter is Robb Murphy. The lyrics are pure joy which you can’t help but share. They let you know what life and love is. Love is never ending, eternal and always there for you if you look for it.
I had this wonderful friend Kyle, we shared many things but mostly we shared what life had given us and what we had received back. We were total opposites. I’m shy, quiet, reserved, most of the time just plain scared, although I do have my outlandish side. Kyle was totally alive, always out there, gregarious and bordering on goofy sometimes, so often intimidating to a person like me. But for some reason we clicked. So we would talk about our lives and families and mainly music. I’m one of those people that have a song attached to every important moment in my life. I have playlists for everything, work, and play, writing and just for pure enjoyment. And I share this music with everyone I know, just to see if they will feel the same, or better yet, show me something I haven’t felt because of it. Love in Abundance is such a song. About a year ago, maybe a little more than that, I found this album on iTunes. The songs are amazing. The lyrics tell a story in each and every song with the underlying theme of love… at least it is for me. The music stands on its own, simple yet breathtaking at times. It would not be a stretch to say that I simply adore Robb Murphy and his music… because I do. I look forward to what he will publish in the future, and I already know they will become new favorites to share. But I digress so, back to Love in Abundance.
This spring I had made another playlist with this song included, I had Kyle listen to that one in particular. It was a simple thing really; I handed over my iPod and said “Here, just listen to this!” And I waited, smiling thinking to myself ‘he’s going to love this!’ And he was quiet, unusually quiet, which set off all of those little warning bells inside. And he listened again, and again. Finally he looked up, there were tears in his eyes and all he said was “this is it”. At that time I didn’t have a clue what he meant, I do now. But he loved it then as much as I did. I felt so good about sharing that song with him. I had made him a copy of the album so he could listen, apparently he did. Life went on for a bit this past spring, we both had things to celebrate and we both had a gift in this song.
And then one day, July 18th to be exact, my friend Kyle lost his battle with cancer. I was there when it happened. And I was stunned. It happened so suddenly. One minute he was smiling and laughing and then nothing. My mind knew what had happened although my heart could not accept it. His family was changed, he was no more. He had two twin girls, Anna and Grace, four years old, and a wife Claire, who adored him. And he was gone. They came to the hospital to get him, all three of them. All I could think was how do you explain to a four year old that their daddy is gone? This shouldn’t have happened, they were too young, they weren’t ready, no one ever is. Claire went to sign the papers and the girls stayed with me. Four year olds have so much energy but after awhile they settled down and started asking questions. “Where’s mommy?” “Where’s daddy?””Is he coming home now?” All very valid questions, but the answers were difficult. I gave them my iPod to play with and “Love in Abundance” began to play. Tears sprung to my eyes quickly and began to fall. I realized they were singing along, they knew the words. “Daddy’s favorite” Anna piped up. I knew then what this song was all about. Kyle had shared this with his family, this “Love In Abundance” not only the song but the real thing.
Four days later we buried my friend. I was asked to give the eulogy. Kyle had everything prepared and I was just to fill in the bits where I saw fit. It was possibly the hardest thing I would do in a very long time. And I realized his words were the song. He had lived this. He had given his family, his friends, me “Love In Abundance” and I will cherish this gift. I will always remember this dear, sweet, kind man and the gifts he gave so freely to the world. I listen to this song daily and I smile up to the heavens knowing just what it means. So cheers to you Kyle for the love you gave and for what you’ve left behind. A true legacy of Love In Abundance…
I’ll leave you with the video of this song:
Please listen and share with those you love. We all have Love In Abundance in us; we just need to open our hearts to it. You can find more of Robb Murphy’s music by visiting the following links:
• Website: http://www.robbmurphy.com/RM/Home.html
• YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUOAUZdx2cUt1mzFdjW4n9w
• Bandcamp: http://robbmurphy.bandcamp.com/
• AudioBoo: http://audioboo.fm/robbmurphy
• Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/55dbjYHxlUUwKAmzlg8yyY
• SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/robbmurphy
• Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRobbMurphy
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRobbMurphy