Farewell You Mean Lean ’15

It has been a terrible year. Creatively, personally, unhealthily. I have no more to say about this year. Except to Farewell Dad – the Magician of all Magicians.

We wrote our song, the Magician, together for my second album The Siren’s Odyssey. He was no musician, my Dad, but he sure was a poet. I will never forget the moment in the vocal booth at Sony Studios in Darlinghurst Sydney, all those years ago…I still hadn’t completed the final verse and chorus…I wanted the final chorus to change, to evolve somehow, but I had no ideas. Then our engineer (Ross Ahern) held something up, a bunch of pages his assistant had just retrieved from the fax machine (yes fax machines!)…it was from my father, Michael John Hickey…he had written the final verse and chorus for me…exactly at the moment we were recording. You always come through, Dad. Even from up there you are now sending me little miracles…your eternity faxes.

We played The Magician at his funeral. The sky whirled, a storm caved us in, but the music soared at full volume through the Norfolk Pines and as if his very voice was reverberating beneath the sea to meet his song on the wind, a fierce white-wash of waves tumbled into Lennox Head, reminding us all of the Surfing Champion of Europe, as he once was in 1963.

He says it all here…and I am listening…

Come some strange apparition
To tell you what’s so
You listen, just listen
Magic you’ll know

Life can take you over
Love can set you free
We’re all just reckless rivers
Headed for the sea.

Take it all on
Love can send you wild
You can have it all and more
If you just believe in it, child
You can have it all and more
If you just believe in me, child

Except from FREYjA Song “The Magician”
RIP Michael J Hickey September 2015

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