Posts for for March, 2011

Slow Down Children

Slow Down Children
lyrics by Hawkins/Brooks
music by Sophie B. Hawkins

what do you do
when you lose a child
how do you keep on giving
how do you face the world
that took your boy or girl
turn out the lights out on the living
slow down, children
the coin of your fate may be tossing
life changes in a day
better look both ways
someone you love may be crossing
when you were a boat
on the open sea
you’re mamma kept you from sinking
now that you’re out of reach
invincible, and hard to teach
look out for the yellow lights blinking
slow down, children
fate flips a coin and you’re tossing
life changes in day
better look both ways
someone you love may be crossing
julia’s lights
forever burning
disturb the night
with her yearning
her mamma’s heart
forever aching
‘cause when you’re driving too fast
there’s no time for breaking
Hold on, mamma
you will find peace through your tossing
your baby is gone
but her gift lives on
someone you love maybe crossing

Someone You love may be crossing

It was an evening business meeting at Hollys house, our Broadway producer, our Hollywood producer, potential investors and guacamole. A woman from next door walked in through the garden doors that hung open with weight of night blooming Jasmine, smartly East Coast and fixed on reaching the couch with no detours or small talk. She was a friend of the New York guy.

I liked her immediately, I introduced myself and sat down next her. She told me how her thirteen year old daughter had recently been killed as she stepped off the curb on their corner. The school bus driver signaled to the anxious teenager that it was safe to cross, and as her mother watched from the driver’s seat of her own car, a fast moving vehicle hit her daughter.

Jody Seigler had driven her daughter to the corner that morning because her husband said it would be safer for their daughter, Julia, as cars whizzed along the curves of Sunset so deafly, and blindly, as if pedestrians are an archaic idea, or just an inconvenience. Can you imagine being Julia’s parents? Can you imagine covering your dying daughter with your coat on the unforgiving tar of a relentless road that took your child away in an instant. I can’t, and I am still, months and months later in agony for Jody and Scott.

When Jody left the group of us that night, I stood at the precipice of unconsolable grief, the abyss of which was revealed by the beautiful woman who dispersed into the underworld. Holly said, “someone you love may be crossing”. I grasped that phrase like a bar that keeps you from falling into the canyon. Here is a simple demo of the song I wrote for Jody, and even more awfully, the car that killed Julia was driven by a teenager dropping his sister off at school.

I believe there is a charity for Julia called “Julia’s lights”, and I will get to that via Jody later.

Editing Sinnerman

Editing sinnerman

As I Lay Me Down Performed in St. Petersburg, FL


why was it so short

Missing in Vegas, only on this site for you.

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Check This Out!

Check This Out!

Here’s a clip from my appearance on Joan & Melissa, Joan knows best.