‘Michael’

Michael Olk (1960-2014) Michael Olk (1960-2014)

I felt compelled to create a music video tribute to my dear friend Michael Olk, mainly because I wasn’t through with him yet.

I began writing the lyrics to this song literally minutes after I learned Thursday morning that Mike had finally died from the stroke he suffered one week ago today, on June 1. It was a way of coping, I guess. I only put the words to music and recorded it Saturday, then got busy compiling a video presentation.

I could have done a more full and clean arrangement of the song, I suppose, with bass, drums, more carefully enunciated lyrics and whatnot. But I wanted to capture the immediacy of what felt in the moment.

Turns out what I was feeling had a bit of a Dave Mason vibe. I think I can live with that.

We love you so much, Michael Olk.

“Michael,” words and music by Kevin Featherly, performed by Kevin Featherly. © 2014 Kevin Featherly.

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