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|Date:||9/21/2009 7:27:16 AM|
|Message:||Among the regrets I have accumulated over the course of my life, having not arrived at a point of video competence before Mickey passed away is VERY high on that list.
For those of you who did not have the pleasure and honor to just hang out with him, you would not have known what a visual person he was. We tend to think his essence was musical, but that is far too limiting. He was as unfettered a thinker as I have ever encountered, and often his concepts were as much visual as they were musical. For example, he had this idea to create a video of his singing "Why You Been Gone So Long" as the lead singer, with cloned images of himself singing the backing vocals, too. By the time he shared this with me, he believed he was too old to have the GQ chops for it, and that together with other factors resulted in its not happening.
Shortly after Mickey passed away, I found myself engrossed in video-related businesses which include life interviews. The incredibly sincere and honest intimacy which flows from life interviews is stunning, and I often lament not possessing the capacity to during Mickey's lifetime having captured some magic moments with him. I am not thinking so much about having missed magical musical moments as having missed magical human moments with him . . . his insights, some of his decidedly "different" ideas about virtually everything, and the little gesticulations, smiles, expressions and, of course, his laugh, which are in large part the essence of our friend. His love and deeply genuine affection for people always came out, and I can only presume they would have come out in video, too.
Jeff captured some nice moments with Mickey, I believe at Gathering II, and Jeff did a wonderful job of inviting out some good stuff from Mickey. However, the best moments with Mickey were often those without script, forum or apparent purpose . . . just moments. What I would not give to be able to capture a few moments seeing him thump his chest in rhythm to a new song fragment sung unaccompanied, with his struggling to interpret his legal pad's scribbled lyrics as he sang . . . and then asking what you thought . . . what you REALLY, REALLY thought . . .
So I guess this is an invitation to not miss such moments in your lives. Be sure to capture and treasure as best you can what and whom you love just as they are, for the moments just seem to otherwise slip by . . .
Thanks for listening to my whining . . .
Go Easy and with my love,
| video lament by marty at 9/21/2009 7:27:16 AM|
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