A special day to play your heart out


dad-guitar1Today is a special day.  4 years ago, my father left this world (the young man in the photo above).  That time came with a lot of questions, and the re-evaluation of my life and what I had been doing with it.

It was when I decided I was going to dedicate my time to pursuing music – a path that ironically led me to finding out a great deal more about my father I never knew.  It has drawn me so much closer to my immediate and extended family, as well as a wealth of lovely people I have met on my musical journey.

The above photo inspired a blog I wrote called “Play Your Heart Out,” which then became a song on the album I’ve been walking around Canada.

I can’t explain how powerful the path I have been on since then has been, and I’m writing this now to express my deep thanks to my family and all my new friends for their loving support.  You make every day of my life richer, and I couldn’t ask for better people in my life.

Here’s to my late Dad, Garry Averill, the positive ripples he had on so many people’s lives, and to forever playing your heart out!

5 Responses

  1. Blessings, Michael.
    Your dad was a good friend.
    My wife and I valued the time we had together with both of your parents in Yukon.

    August 17, 2015 at 6:15 am

    • Thanks for your note Ron :).

      September 2, 2015 at 11:41 pm

  2. Judy Averill

    Thank you , my beautiful son, for posting this.
    You inspire, all on your own…me and everyone around you.
    With strength and grace, you face everything that life has to offer, the challenges, the rewards, the satisfying and not so satisfying. You are your father’s son in all the best ways…and happily, my son also.
    Dad would love that you are doing what you love…. as do I. We were and are, so proud of you.
    Love you very much,

    August 17, 2015 at 6:18 am

    • Thanks Ma :).

      September 2, 2015 at 11:41 pm

  3. Barbra Chimhandamba

    Wow, Michael. It was such a pleasure to meet on the train from Vancouver to new Brunswick on 10 July 2015. Thank you for the gift of music, your album “I’d Rather Walk”. It’s fantastic. I love each and every track, but my favorites are ” Living Through My Eyes ” and “I’d Rather Walk”. Like you I’ve also lost a parent in recent years, so I can identify with the emotions in your music.
    Thank you for surprising me by singing a song in my mother tongue, shona.
    Keep up the good work Michael. Your music is great!!!!

    August 27, 2015 at 2:39 am

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